Hon. Florin T. Hilbay
August 2014 - June 2016
Professor Florin T. Hilbay was appointed as the acting Solicitor General on August 20, 2014. He is a member of the regular faculty of the UP College of Law, where he teaches Constitutional Law. He ranked first in the 1999 bar exams. President Benigno Aquino III has formalized Hilbay’s appointment as Solicitor General last June 16, 2015.
Prior to joining the OSG, his interest in public law has already been bolstered by experience in public institutions; he was the Director of the Institute of Government and Law Reform of the UP Law Center; law clerk to the Supreme Court Justice Vicente Mendoza; an associate solicitor at the Office of the Solicitor General (on secondment, as assistant to Sol. Gen. Simeon Marcelo); and a consultant to the Commission on Elections. He also served as the vice-chair of Bantay Katarungan (Sentinels of Justice), a civic organization formed by former Senator Jovito Salonga, purposefully created to advocate and strengthen the rule of law.
He was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Boston College and finished his Ll.M. at Yale Law School. He has also held fellowships at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law & International Law in Heidelberg, Germany, and the Asian Law Institute for Comparative Public Law in the National University of Singapore.
Solicitor General Hilbay has published articles on constitutional theory, philosophy of adjudication, legal hermeneutics, the liberal consciousness, the print culture and the emergence of the discourse of rights, the institution of marriage, free speech, presidential immunity, and the problem of church and state. He also authored books on political law, namely “Unplugging the Constitution”, “Handbook on Election Law” and “A Primer on Impeachment”.
He was the editor-in-chief of the Philippine Law & Society Review and is currently an editor of the IBP Law Journal.