Adelaide Law School
Faculty of the Professions
Dr Solis joined the Australian legal academy as a Lecturer at the University of Adelaide Law School in 2015, after obtaining his PhD in Law from the same institution in that year. His award-winning PhD thesis (University Doctoral Research Medal) examines the merits and limits of the language of human needs compared to the language of human rights in the context of the challenge to enhancing universal access to modern energy services.
Prior to his PhD studies, Dr Solis obtained his Bachelor of Arts, Major in Political Science (Cum Laude) and Bachelor of Laws from the University of the Philippines, Master of Environmental Law (Honours 1 equivalent) from the University of Sydney Law School, and Master of Science in Public Policy and Management (Distinction) from Carnegie Mellon University.
Before joining the University of Adelaide Law School, Dr Solis was extensively involved in institutional capacity, regulatory and policy development work in the Philippines involving the United Nations Development Programme, World Bank, and Australian Agency for International Development, among others. Also, he has published in the field of climate change, energy and environmental law and is an Associate Editor of the Asia-Pacific Journal of Environmental Law.
At the University of Adelaide Law School, Dr Solis is course coordinator for Climate Change Law and teaches Property Law, Foundations of Law and Perspectives on Property Law & Society. He is also a Visiting Faculty at the University of Sydney Law School in 2016 and 2018 teaching an intensive postgraduate course on Asia Pacific Environmental Law. He serves as the University of Adelaide’s Designated Contact Point to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Dr Solis is a member of the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment and serves as its deputy director for Asia Pacific.
From 2016 to 2017, Dr Solis was a member of, and legal adviser to, the Philippines Delegation, and thus, granted a party or negotiator status in the 22nd and 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP) of the UNFCCC in Marrakesh and Bonn. In 2017, He was invited to join a select international expert panel constituted by the UNFCCC Secretariat, UN Environment and the Commonwealth Secretariat to assist in reviewing a global, online law and climate change toolkit for launching in 2018. Dr Solis is one of only four finalists (individual category) in the South Australia Climate Leaders Awards 2018 in recognition of his climate leadership, advocacy and work at the University of Adelaide. For three years in a row, he headed the University of Adelaide’s delegation to the UNFCCC COP since 2016, including COP 24 in Katowice, Poland in December 2018.
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I currently research in the areas of energy law, climate change law, environmental law, international human rights law (socio-economic rights) and sustainable development law.
Date Position Institution name 2015 Lecturer University of Adelaide
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2018 Award Faculty of the Professions Values Recognition Award University of Adelaide Australia — 2018 Award Finalist, South Australia (SA) Climate Leaders Awards 2018 SA Premier's Climate Change Council Australia — 2015 Award Dean's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence University of Adelaide Australia — 2015 Achievement University Doctoral Research Medal University of Adelaide Australia — 2014 Award Governor's International Student Post Graduate Academic Excellence Award Study Adelaide Australia — 2014 Award IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Best Graduate Student Paper Award IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Spain — 2012 Scholarship International Postgraduate Research Scholarship University of Adelaide Australia — 2012 Scholarship Australian Postgraduate Award University of Adelaide Australia — 2011 Distinction Distinction Carnegie Mellon University H. John Heinz III College United States — 2011 Scholarship Heinz College Scholarship Carnegie Mellon University United States — 2004 Scholarship Australian Development Scholarship (Merit Scheme) University of Sydney Australia — 1989 Award University President's Pin University of the Philippines — — 1989 Distinction Cum Laude University of the Philippines Philippines —
Language Competency English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review Tagalog Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
Date Institution name Country Title 2012 - 2014 University of Adelaide Australia PhD in Law 2011 - 2011 Carnegie Mellon University United States Master of Science in Public Policy & Management 2004 - 2004 University of Sydney Australia Master of Environmental Law 1989 - 1994 University of the Philippines Philippines Bachelor of Laws 1986 - 1989 University of the Philippines Philippines Bachelor of Arts (Political Science)
Year Citation 2018 Solis, M. (2018). Legal perspectives on a human rights-based approach to energy access in the Philippines. Ateneo Law Journal, 62(3), 669-702. 2005 Solis, M. S. (2005). Water Quality Management Reforms in the Philippines: The Clean Water Act 2004. Journal of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, 31, 43. 2005 Solis, M. S. (2005). Protected Area Planning in the Philippines: A Case Analysis of the Samar Island National Park. Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law, 9, 109. 2005 Solis, M. S. (2005). Legal Perspectives on the Implementation of the Clean Development Mechanism and Its Significance to Renewable Energy Development in the Philippines. Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law, 9, 65. 2005 Solis, M. S. (2005). Revisiting the Philippine Clean Air Act 1999: Is There Compliance in Deterrence and Vice-Versa?. Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law, 9, 239. 2004 Solis, M. S. (2004). Harvest for the World: Notes on Modern Biotechnology Regulation in the Philippines. Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law, 8, 209.
Year Citation 2016 Solis, M. (2016). Human rights versus human needs: debating the language for universal access to modern energy services. In J. Manzano, N. Chalifour, & L. Kotze (Eds.), Energy, Governance and Sustainability (pp. 56-77). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing. 2016 Solis, M. S., & Lyster, R. (2016). Adaptation and the Energy Sector. In D. Farber, & M. Peeters (Eds.), Climate Change Law (Vol. 1). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.
2014 Solis, M. (2014). Renewable energy development in the Philippines: Legal measures, implementation, challenges and solutions. In A. M. -Z. Gao, & C. T. Fan (Eds.), Legal Issues of Renewable Energy in the Asia Region (pp. 103-125). Wolters Kluwer.
Year Citation 2015 Solis, M. S. (2015). From light to right: A human rights-based approach to universal access to modern energy services. (PhD Thesis, Thesis (Ph.D.) -- University of Adelaide, Law School, 2015).
Year Citation 2018 Solis, M. S. (2018). A better climate in the South China Sea: Can ASEAN reframe the narrative from contestation to consensus-building?. Asia & the Pacific Policy Society Policy Forum, ANU Crawford School of Public Policy.
2016 The University of Adelaide, Environment Institute, Travel Fund Support to the UNFCCC 22nd Conference of the Parties $20,000
2015 Adelaide Law School Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Write-up Fund Grant $10,000
I teach undergraduate law courses in Property Law (LAW 1506), Foundations of Law (LAW 1501) and postgraduate courses in Perpectives of Property Law and Society and Asia Pacific Environmental Law, as a visiting faculty at the Sydney Law School. Also, I am the course coordinator for Climate Change Law and the Native Title Internship Programme.
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2018 Co-Supervisor Fruit and Vegetable Affordability in India, and Its Implication on Attainment of Food Security Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Christian ll Genova 2016 Co-Supervisor Dignity and The Exercise of Legislative Power Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Julie Jane Copley
Date Role Committee Institution Country 2017 - ongoing Member Aboriginal Issues Committee The Law Society of South Australia Australia 2015 - ongoing Member International Legal Practice Committee The Law Society of South Australia Australia
Date Role Membership Country 2019 - ongoing Member Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment Australia 2018 - ongoing Member Environment Institute, University of Adelaide Australia 2016 - ongoing Member Governing Council of Brighton Secondary School Australia 2016 - ongoing Member National Tertiary Education Union Australia 2015 - ongoing Member IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Canada 2014 - ongoing Member Australian Centre for Climate & Environmental Law Australia 1995 - ongoing Member Integrated Bar of the Philippines Philippines 1989 - ongoing Member Phil Kappa Phi International Honor Society United States 1989 - ongoing Member Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society United States 1988 - ongoing Member The UP College of Law Sigma Rho Fraternity Philippines
Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country 2015 - ongoing Associate Editor Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law University of Sydney Australia
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