Book Donation from The Philippines


Recently, we received a generous book donation from Mr. J. Eduardo Malaya from The Philippines. Mr. Malaya is Assistant Secretary for Treaties and Legal Affairs (Legal Adviser) at the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs. A career member the Foreign Service for over 30 years, he served as Ambassador of the Philippines to Malaysia from September 2011 to March 2017. When asked what it means to him to have his books in the collection of the Library he replied: 'As the resource library of the International Court of Justice and the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the Peace Palace Library is the preeminent repository of the world’s accumulated legal knowledge, and thus it serves not only the two international legal institutions but also the world’s international law community.  It is therefore an honor to make contributions of Philippine legal and diplomatic materials to the Peace Palace Library collections'.

Read the abstracts of his publications here:

 Mr. Malaya explained that these publications are uniquely the only available literature on the specific aspects of the subjects they deal with, notably -

  • an index of the treaties and other international agreements concluded by the Philippines with other countries and international organizations (Philippine Treaties Index: 1946 to 2010)
  • The Philippine presidents’ inaugural visions and platforms and the challenges they faced and their achievements (Stewards of the Nation: Aguinaldo to Duterte and their Inaugural Visions)
  • an exposition on the relevant Philippine and international laws on the Philippine military’s engagements with foreign partners (Forging Partnerships: Philippine Defense Cooperation under Constitutional and International Laws)
  • an oral history of Philippine diplomacy as seen through the experiences of 37 ambassadors and three spouses (Frontlines of Diplomacy: Conversations with Philippine Ambassadors)

 Mr. Malaya stated that he hopes that 'these books will reflect the vibrancy of diplomatic engagements and the ferment of international law discourse in the Philippines and relatedly in the Asian region'. 'It is hoped that the above-said materials will be helpful to researchers and students of the law'.

Here are the Abstracts of the Publications donated by Mr. J. Eduardo Malaya:

  • Frontlines of Diplomacy: Conversations with Philippine Ambassadors, Anvil Publishing, Inc., Mandaluyong City, Philippines, 2011.

“Frontlines of Diplomacy” chronicles the experiences, triumphs and occasional frustration of Philippine diplomats through the years. Through extended interviews with 37 retired and serving ambassadors and three spouses, the book covers the depth and breadth of the Philippine diplomatic experience. They reveal a number of incidents on crucial moments in contemporary Philippine history, some of which are discussed with candor, notably globalization, ASEAN regionalism, national security and anti-terrorism, the Visiting Forces Agreement with the United States, and welfare safeguards for Filipino overseas workers.

The first-person accounts of participants and eyewitnesses in the making of the nation’s political and diplomatic history shed needed light on the formal, often opaque world of diplomacy, and offer valuable lessons and insights for today’s diplomats and leaders and all concerned Filipinos.

  • Forging Partnerships: Philippine Defense Cooperation under Constitutional and International Laws, University of the Philippines Law Center, Quezon City, Philippines, 2016.

Forging Partnerships is an attempt at exploring and examining issues within the ambit of national defense and collective security – including the necessity for them in the life of our nation, and their foundations in the Philippine Constitution and laws and in international law.

The study commences with a discussion on the provisions of the Constitution relating to national defense and security and the conduct of defense cooperation and engagements with other countries. National defense preparedness is then examined in the context of a country’s inherent right to individual and collective self-defense under international law as well as under the rubric of collective security.

The mechanisms employed by partner countries in setting up comprehensive security arrangements are also taken up, notably status of forces agreements (SOFAs) and access agreements. These agreements are analyzed from the viewpoint of international law and practice, and with special reference to the country’s experiences with its SOFAs with the United States and Australia, and the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement with the U.S..

  • Stewards of the Nation: Aguinaldo to Duterte and their Inaugural Visions, Anvil Publishing, Inc., Mandaluyong City, Philippines, 2018.

In parts oratory, public policy and history, “Stewards of the Nation” tells the story of the 16 men and women who ascended to and held the nation’s highest public office. It reintroduces to contemporary readers the presidents of the Philippines – from Emilio Aguinaldo to Rodrigo Roa Duterte – providing essential information and insights on their lives and times, the challenges they faced and their achievements in a manner that enable readers and the public to meaningfully survey the past, make sense of the present, and hopefully help them plan a better future for the country.

First published in 2004 as “…So Help Us God: The Presidents of the Philippine and their Inaugural Addresses” and now on its second edition under a new title, the book puts readers in direct contact with the president’s original visions as expressed during Inauguration Day. The inaugural and State of the Nation address at each year’s opening of the sessions of the Congress illustrate the power of vision and the spoken word in the life of the nation.

  • Philippine Treaties Index (1946-2010), Foreign Service Institute, Pasay City, Philippines, 2010..

The Philippine Treaties Index builds on the data entries in the preceding Philippine Treaties Index, 1946 to 1982, which was based on the records of the DFA Office of Legal Affairs’ Treaties Division and published in 1983 by the Foreign Service Institute.

The present Index covers agreements which are considered treaties as defined in the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties. Agreements on official development assistance, such as those extended by Japan, are included. Also in the Index are a number of agreements which predate the establishment of the Third Philippine Republic in 4 July 1946, notably the Charter of the United Nations, the Statute of the International Court of Justice, Articles of Agreement of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (World Bank) and of the International Monetary Fund, of which the country became a State-Party while a Commonwealth.



Mr. J. Eduardo Malaya is Assistant Secretary for Treaties and Legal Affairs (Legal Adviser) at the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in Manila, and has held the position since April 2017.

A career member of the Philippine Foreign Service since 1986, he served as Ambassador of the Philippines to Malaysia from September 2011 to March 2017. Ed, as he is known to friends, was Foreign Affairs Spokesman and concurrently Assistant Secretary for Treaties and Legal Affairs from February 2009 to September 2011, and Assistant Secretary for Policy Planning from March 2007 to January 2009. He earlier served at the Philippine missions in New York, Brussels, Chicago and San Francisco.  This is his second time to head the DFA Treaties and Legal Affairs Office.

He is Vice-President of the Philippine Society of International Law and a Member of Board of Editorial Consultants of the Philippine Yearbook of International Law.

In 2010, he led the Philippine Treaties Online Project which digitized some 1,600 treaties entered into by the country from 1946 onward, made accessible through the DFA website. In 2011, he led efforts in the country’s accession to both the Convention for the Pacific Settlement of International Disputes and The Hague Conference on Private International Law. The former enabled the country to become a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration.

Two offices he headed received the DFA “Best Organization” Award in successive years - the DFA Office of Treaties and Legal Affairs in 2012 and the Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur in 2013.

He was accorded the Order of Sikatuna, rank of Datu (Grand Cross-Gold Distinction), in 2010 by President Arroyo and the Order of Mabini (Gawad Mabini) in 2016 by President Benigno S. Aquino III. He is also a recipient of two Presidential Citations -- from President Fidel V. Ramos in 1995 and from President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2010. He also received a Plaque of Recognition from the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in July 2016, and a Special Award from the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency, which was presented by President Rodrigo R. Duterte, in July 2017.

The Congress of the Philippines, commended him through House Resolution No. 34 dated 25 January 2017, for his “pro-active work, community outreach and leadership” as Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia.

He is the author/editor of six books, namely “Stewards of the Nation: Aguinaldo to Duterte and their Inaugural Visions” (Anvil Publishing, 2018); “Forging Partnerships: Philippine Defense Cooperation under Constitutional and International Laws” (University of the Philippines Law Center/Foreign Service Institute, 2017); “Philippine-Malaysia Agreements 1962-2014: Cornerstones of a Partnership”(2015); “Frontlines of Diplomacy: Conversations with Philippine Ambassadors” (Anvil Publishing, 2011); “Philippine Treaties Index, 1946-2010” (Philippine Foreign Service Institute/Central Law Books, 2010); and “So Help Us God: The Presidents of the Philippines and their Inaugural Addresses” (Anvil Publishing, 2004). “Frontlines of Diplomacy” was a Finalist for the 2011 National Book Awards (Professions Category) under the auspices of the National Book Development Board and the Manila Critics Circle.

His commentaries and articles have been featured in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the Philippine Star, New Straits Times (Malaysia), the Philippine Law Journal, Ateneo Law Journal and the IBP Journal, among others.

He has BA Economics (cum laude) and Juris Doctor (law) degrees, both from the University of the Philippines in Diliman. He received a Distinguished Alumni Award (for Good Governance and Public Service - Diplomacy) from the University of the Philippines in August 2018.

Married to Rena Cristina, an obstetrician-gynecologist, he has three children - Mark Edward, Jana Ariana and Adrian Edward.

The Peace Palace Library would like to express its gratitude and appreciation in response to Mr. J. Eduardo Malaya's generous book donations which helps us to create a resource-rich Library. We thank you for your support.