Deputy Executive Director of the South Centre
Vicente Paolo B. Yu III is currently the Deputy Executive Director of the South Centre, the intergovernmental policy research institution of developing countries. His substantive policy work includes overseeing the policy research and analysis and the provision of technical and legal advice by the South Centre to developing country governments, including on the right to development, international trade policy, international environmental law, development economics, international climate change policy, and South-South cooperation. He obtained his political science (with honors) and law degrees from the University of the Philippines, and his master of laws degree (with honors, specializing in international trade law and international environmental law) from Georgetown University where he was a Fulbright Scholar. Prior to joining the South Centre, he worked for Friends of the Earth International (FOEI) and was a Staff Attorney and head for Research and Policy Development of the Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center (LRC) in the Philippines. He has taught law at the University of the Philippines. He has published papers and articles on issues relating to trade and environment, energy policy, mining policy, sustainable development, environmental policy, climate change policy, South-South cooperation, and indigenous peoples' rights.