Johannes Benjamin R. BernabeCommissioner at Philippine Competition Commission
Johannes Bernabe is one of the first Commissioners appointed to the Philippine Competition Commission in 2016. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Bernabe advised the Philippine legislature in the drafting and deliberations on the Philippine Competition Act. He likewise taught the pioneering course on Philippine Competition Law in the country’s state university.
Mr. Bernabe is a Senior Fellow at the Geneva-based International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, one of the world's leading knowledge brokers in the field of international trade. Before assuming his post as Commissioner, Mr. Bernabe was a practicing lawyer, most recently as a Senior Partner with the firm Ocampo Manalo Bernabe Valdez Lim, specializing in corporate and commercial law.
Before these, Mr. Bernabe was a trade negotiator and legal adviser for the Philippines at the WTO (World Trade Organization). Over the last decade, Mr. Bernabe has advised and worked with policy makers and business groups in more than a dozen countries and regional groupings in Asia, Africa and the Middle East on issues covering WTO negotiations, free trade agreements and other international trade law issues.
Mr. Bernabe graduated cum laude with a degree in Economics and subsequently Law at the University of the Philippines. He took postgraduate studies in Law at the University of London and in Public International Trade Law at the International Development Law Institute in Sydney.