La Vina, Antonio G.M.

Full Time

Dr. Tony La Viña is a teacher, thinker and lawyer. He is a social entrepreneur and an environmental and human rights advocate. He is currently Dean of the Ateneo School of Government, a position he took in 2006 after an eight year stint in the World Resources Institute, an international environmental think tank based in Washington DC.  Before that, from 1996-1998, Dean Tony was undersecretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in the Philippines.
Dean Tony has been an educator for more than 30 years, starting his career as a philosophy teacher first in 1981 as a Jesuit Volunteer in Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro and subsequently, he taught philosophy in Ateneo de Manila University, Mother of Life Formation Center, and the Holy Apostles Seminary. He has also co-taught courses in John Hopkins University, Yale University, and Denver University Sturm College of Law. He currently teaches and lectures at the Ateneo de Manila University (Schools of Government and Law, and Departments of Environmental Science and Political Science), University of the Philippines Law Center, De La Salle College of Law, and the Philippine Judicial Academy
Dean Tony is a lead negotiator for the Philippines in the climate change negotiations. He played prominent and leadership roles in Kyoto in 1997 as the chair of the land use change and forestry negotiations and in Copenhagen in 2009 where, he chaired the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (also known as REDD-plus) negotiations. In the Durban Climate Change Conference in December 2011, Dean Tony once again chaired the REDD-plus negotiations and succeeded in getting 195 countries to an agreement on how to move forward on REDD-plus finance.
Dean Tony is currently a member of the Board of Directors of several national and international organizations, such as the Manila Observatory, Center for International Forestry Research, Southeast Asia Regional Initiatives for Community Empowerment (SEARICE), and Center for International Environmental Law. He is the Co-Chair of the Partnership Council of Partnerships in the Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia and the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Social Entrepreneurship in Asia (ISEA). He is also the Chairman of the Board and President of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public (Philippines) Inc.
Dean Tony is an authority and has published dozens of books, papers and articles on a range of subjects in law and governance, including in constitutional law, international and Philippine environmental law, indigenous peoples rights, biodiversity and biotechnology, sustainable agriculture, trade and environment, mining, public ethics, human rights, leadership, local governance, social accountability and social entrepreneurship. He has published internationally and nationally numerous books and articles, the latest of which is Philippine Law and Ecology, a textbook on Philippine environmental law.
Dean Tony obtained his Masters (LLM) and Doctorate in Law (JSD) from Yale Law School and his first degrees from the University of the Philippines (in law) and the Ateneo de Manila University (in philosophy). He placed third in the 1989 bar examinations. Dean Tony was born and raised in Cagayan de Oro in Mindanao, is married, and has three sons.