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Ross Tugade

Lawyer & Writer

Email tugade@protonmail.com
 Quezon City, Philippines

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Ruby Rosselle “Ross” Tugade is a Filipino lawyer with experience in documentation, monitoring, and analysis of large-scale human rights violations in the Philippines. Prior to joining CenterLaw and the Butuyan & Rayel Law Offices, she was part of two national human rights mechanisms: the Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board, a quasi-judicial transitional justice reparations body, and the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines, the national human rights institution of the country. She is also a law and political science lecturer in two of the country’s leading universities, and serves as a resource person for talks relating to contemporary human rights issues. Ross is a published writer in various academic and mainstream media platforms.

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March 2021 - Present


Butuyan & Rayel Law Offices

Makati City, Philippines


Center for International Law (CenterLaw)

Makati City, Philippines

February 2021 - Present


Department of Political Science, Ateneo de Manila University

Quezon City, Philippines

September 2020 - Present

Senior Lecturer

University of the Philippines - College of Law

Quezon City, Philippines

April 2018 - March 2021

Attorney IV

Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines

Quezon City, Philippines

July 2017 - April 2018

Legal Officer & Executive Assistant V

Human Rights Victims' Claims Board

Quezon City, Philippines



2019 - 2020

University for Peace & United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute

Master of Laws in Transnational Crime & Justice

Turin, Italy​

2012 - 2016

University of the Philippines

Juris Doctor

Quezon City, Philippines

2006 - 2010

Ateneo de Manila University

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

Quezon City, Philippines