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Dr. BAGULAYA, José Duke

  • Post-doctoral Fellow

  • Department of Literature and Cultural Studies

D3-P-04E (Humanities Research Hub), EdUHK


Jose Duke Bagulaya holds a PhD in Law (HKU), JD, and MA Comparative Literature. He formerly held the position of assistant professor at the University of the Philippines Diliman, where he taught law and literature. Before moving to Hong Kong, he joined cause-oriented litigation in Manila, participating in proceedings before the trial courts, the High Criminal Court (Sandiganbayan), and the Philippine Supreme Court. One of the notable cases he handled was the petition that challenged President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao in 2017 known as Lagman v Medialdea. His books include Writing Literary History, Linara nga mga Pulong: Mga Siday (Woven Words: Poems), and ASEAN as an International Organization. His articles have appeared in Law and Literature, Asian Journal of International Law, Asian Journal of Law and Society, Kritika Kultura, and Leiden Journal of International Law. He is presently a postdoctoral fellow at the Education University of Hong Kong.

Research Interests

  • Law and Humanities

  • History and Theory of International Law

  •  Literary Theory

  • Philippine literature in Visayan 

  • Constitutional Law

  • Archipelagic Thought


  1. “The Psychiatrisation of International Law in James Lorimer’s The Institutes”, London Review of International Law, Oxford University Press 2024 10.1093/lril/lrae009 

  2. “Spectres of a dictatorship: Law’s limit concepts in Lino Brocka’s Orapronobis”, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, Cambridge University Press 2024

  3. “Hidden in Plain Sight: International Law and Marxist Praxis in the Life and Works of Merlin M. Magallona”, Asian Journal of International Law, Cambridge University Press, October, 2023.

  4. “Between the Utopian Imaginaries of Literature and International Law: The Question of the Insurgent Child in International Legal Discourse and Kris Montañez’s Youth (Kabanbanuagan)”, LEIDEN Journal of International Law. Grotius Center for International Legal Studies and Cambridge University Press. Vol. 35 Issue 1 (2022)

  5. ASEAN as an International Organization: International Law and Region-Building in Southeast Asia. Manila: The University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2022.

  6. “Torture and Autobiography: A Scarrian Reading of Self, Rights, and Revolution in Lualhati Abreu’s Dawn”, Law and Literature. Cardozo School of Law and Taylor and Francis, Vol. 34 (3) 2022).

  7. “International Juridical Forms and Legal Subjectivity: A History of the Subject in Southeast Asia from the Anglo-Dutch Treaty of 1824 to the ASEAN Charter”, Asian Journal of International Law. Cambridge University Press, Vol. 11 Issue 1 (2021).

  8. “ASEAN as Wayang Kulit: A Critique of the Constitutional, Extra-constitutional, and Practical Fetters of ASEAN.” Asian Journal of International Law. Cambridge University Press, Vol. 9, Issue 2, 2019.

  9. “The Authors Do Not Speak: A People’s Reading of the ASEAN Charter.” Asian Journal of Law and Society. Cambridge University Press Vol. 6(2): 229-247, 2019.

  10. “Right-ing in the Novel Form: Memories of the State of Exception and Non-Juridical Rights in Ruth Firmeza’s Gera”, Kritika Kultura, Vol. 39. Ateneo de Manila University, 2022.

  11. “International Organization and Community: Interrogating ASEAN’s Fictions of Community”, UNITAS Journal, Vol. 94, November, 2021.

  12. Linara nga mga pulong: Mga Siday (Woven Words: Poems). Quezon City: The University of the Philippines Press, 2017.

  13. “Statutory Deconstruction: Against Oracular Constitutionalism.” Philippine Humanities Review. Volume 15, Number 2 2013.

  14. “The Ilustrados as Literary Critics.” Diliman Review. Volume 54 No. 1-4 2007.


  16. “The Utility of Literary Criticism: Pitfalls of the Literary Debates under the U.S. Colonial Regime”, Philippine Humanities Review. Volume 9 2007.

  17. Writing Literary History: Mode of Economic Production and 20th Century Waray Poetry, Quezon City: The University of the Philippines Press, 2006.

  18. “The Form and Ideology of Leyte’s Popular Radio Siday”, Plaridel: A Journal of Philippine Communication, Media, and Society. Volume 3 No.1 February 2006.

  19. “Revolutionary Romanticism in Chinese and Philippine Fiction: A Comparative Typology”, Diliman Review. Volume 52 No.1-4 2005.

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