A.B., 1986, Manuel Luis Quezon University
LL.B., 1992, Manuel Luis Quezon University
LL.M., 2001, University of Hong Kong
LL.M., 2005, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Perfecto `Boyet´ Caparas has served as graduate studies program manager at the law school since June 1, 2012. Prior to that time, he served as program manager of McKinney Law’s Program in International Human Rights Law from July 2008-May 2012, and as legal staff from October 2006-June 2008. He conceptualized and established the law school’s Pro Bono United Nations Shadow Reporting Program in 2008. He conceptualized and initiated the law school’s first UN Human Rights Council universal periodic review report and several other UN human rights treaty body reports. He personally supervised, directed, and trained J.D. and international LL.M. students who earned pro bono credits from McKinney Law for UN human rights reporting.
Caparas earned his Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in American Law for Foreign Lawyers from McKinney Law in 2005. He graduated with honors from The University of Hong Kong with a an LL.M. degree in Human Rights in 2001. He received the Anna Wu Prize in Human Rights (2000-2001) , the highest award for academic excellence, from the Faculty of Law, Centre for Comparative and Public Law, University of Hong Kong . Dr. Andrew Byrnes served as Caparas’ adviser in his dissertation titled, Enforcement and Implementation of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict.
Caparas earned his Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) and Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degrees from the Manuel Luis Quezon University (Philippines), certified in the U.S. as the equivalent of a B.A. and a J.D., respectively. A lifetime member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines – the official association of licensed attorneys – Caparas acted as the convener of the Coalition to Stop Child Detention through Restorative Justice (Philippines) that he founded in 2003. On behalf of the coalition, Caparas authored the report titled Philippines: Continuing Child Detention with Adults in Police Lockups, Arbitrary Detention of “Rescued” Street Children, and Extrajudicial Execution of Children Accused of Violating the Law submitted to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in 2009. A copy of the report can be accessed at http://www.crin.org/resources/InfoDetail.asp?ID=20744
Caparas serves as president of Stairway Foundation, Inc. , a learning and resource center for children’s rights in the Philippines. He served as the executive director and lawyer of two nongovernmental organizations catering to prisoners, mostly children, namely, the Humanitarian Legal Assistance Foundation (2001-2003) and the Albert Schweitzer Association Philippines (1998-2000), and also was a board member, pro bono attorney and in-house legal counsel of Bahay Tuluyan (Welcome Home) for Street Children in the Philippines (1995-2004).
An investigative journalist and a poet, Caparas received a plaque of recognition, The Jaime V. Ongpin Awards for Investigative Journalism (1997); distinguished award, The Fifth Annual Science and Technology Journalism Awards, Philippine Press Institute and Philippine Geothermal Inc. (1995); and first prize, Gawad Galian national poetry writing contest, Galian sa Arte at Tula (1986).