He obtained his primary and secondary schooling at Lourdes School of Mandaluyong where he garnered a bronze medal in Grade 7 and an honors award in 4th year high school. He has an undergraduate degree in Political Science at the Ateneo de Manila University in 1980. In 1984, he graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University School of Law and ranked among the top 20% of the law school graduating batch and received a grade of 83.2% in the 1984 Bar Examinations.
In 1986, Sedfrey left for graduate studies in law at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada) as a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar and was conferred the degree of Master of Laws in the field of Public International Law. His master’s thesis on the subject,State Responsibility and International Financial Obligations: A Case Study of the International Monetary Fund Stand-By Arrangement with Developing Country Borrowers, was accepted in 1989 by the Faculty of Graduate Studies of UBC. He had the opportunity to immediately apply his thesis to the Philippine sovereign debt re-negotiations with the Paris Club group of creditors when his services were engaged by the International Finance Group of the Department of Finance (December 1989 February 1990).
He assumed the post of Research Director of the Ateneo Human Rights Center based as the Law School in April 1990 and became a faculty member of the Ateneo Law School handling the Juris Doctor Thesis Program for four years and teaching Street Law as an elective course. He also teaches Constitutional Law, Public International Law, International Economic Law, Children’s Rights Law, Refugee Law and Indigenous People’s Rights. He also teaches Business Ethics and Law at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business.
Atty. Candelaria was recently invited to teach at the Master of Laws Program jointly administered by the Supreme Court Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA) and the San Beda College Graduate Program in Law. He also assumed directorship of the Adhikain Para sa Karapatang Pambata (AKAP-AHRC) of the Ateneo Human Rights Center to this date. In 2002, he was appointed Head of Research and Linkages Office and Chair of the Special Areas of Concern of PHILJA.Â He was subsequently sent by PHILJA as a Fellow of the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He opened the legal desk of the Ateneo Human Rights Center (AHRC-KATUTUBO) on indigenous people™ concerns in 2002 and also co-founded in the same year the Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian Ad Litem (CASA/GAL) Foundation of the Philippines.
In 2004, Sedfrey was appointed by the President of the Republic of the Philippines as a Member of the Negotiating Panel for the Peace Talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines, the New Peoples™ Army and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (CPP/NPA/NDF). He also chairs the Government of the Republic of the Philippines Monitoring Committee on the Comprehensive Agreement in Respect of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law.
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS, RESEARCHES AND LECTURES
Candelaria, Sedfrey M. “Response to Speeches of Josef Voyanne, Eduardo
“The IMF and the Philippines: Anatomy of a Third World Debt.” Ateneo Law Journal 36 (June 1992): 18-112.
“International Responsibility of the IMF: Human Rights Standards and Stand-By Arrangements.” Asian Exchanqe 7 (March 1992): 87-108. Reprinted in Ateneo Human Riqhts Law Journal 1 (December 1992): 113-140.
“Judicial Reform,” Development and Democracy: A People’s Aqenda, pp. 227-235. Edited by Reuel R Hermoso. Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press, 1994.
“An Analysis of the Philippine Government’s Obligations Under the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugee.” Proceedinqs of the National Conference on Refuqee Issues and Prospects: The Philippine Experience. Pp. 31-41. Manila: Refugee Services Philippines, 1995.
“Non-IndoChinese Refugees in the Philippines: Some Legal and Policy Considerations in Seeking Durable Solutions.” RSPI Newsletter 1:2 (April-September 1995): 6-8.
“The Alien Social Integration Act (RA. 7919): Is this Discriminatory of Refugees?” RSPI Newsletter 1:2 (April-September 1995):12.
“ASEAN REPORT.” Reqional Seminar on Democracy. Human Riqhts and the Media: The ASEAN Scenario.” Kuala Lumpur: Asian Institute for Development Communication, September, 1995. (Publication underway)
“Regional System of Human Rights Protection for Asia: Problems, Challenges, and Prospects.” African Human Riqhts Camp. Eastern Cape, South Africa: Human Rights Institute of South Africa, October, 1995.
“Role of Human Rights NGOs.” African Human Riqhts Camp. Eastern Cape, South Africa: Human Rights Institute of South Africa, October, 1995.
“Significant Features of Inter Country-Adoption Act of 1995 (RA. 8043) and Draft Implementing Rules and Regulations.” Third Philippine Global Consultation on Child WelfareÂ Services. Manila, September, 1995.
“Refugees and Human Rights.” RSPI Newsletter 1:3 (October-December 1995): 6-9.
“International and Local Laws Relating to Children in Situations of Armed Conflict” Paper read before the National Consultative Conference on Children in Situations of Armed Conflict. Zamboanga City, Philippines, October, 1995.
“An Overview of the Inter-Country Adoption Act of (R.A. 8043).” Seminar on Inter-Country Adoption. University of the Philippines Law Center Institute of Judicial Administration, Quezon City, April 1996.
Ed. The United Nations Convention on the Riqhts of the Child and the Philippine Leqal System. Manila: Ateneo Human Rights Center, 1997
Ed. Situation Analysis on Children in Conflict with the Law and the Juvenile Justice System. Manila: UNICEF, 1998.
“The Legal Characterization of APEC and the Individual Action Plans in International Law,” in Coalition-Building and APEC by Wilfrido V. Villacorta, ed. Makati City: Philippine APEC Study Center Network, Philippine Institute for Development Studies and the Yuchengco Center for East Asia, 2001.
“The Rights of Indigenous Communities in International Law: Some Implications under Philippine Municipal Law.” Ateneo Law Journal 46 (September 2001) : 273-317.
Ed. Situation Analysis of Indigenous Peoples in Detention: A Baseline Study. Makati City: Ateneo Human Rights Center, 2006.
Courts and Social Context Theory: Philippine Judicial Reform as Applied to Vulnerable Sectors. Ateneo Law Journal 50 (2006): 823.
Testing Constitutional Waters: Balancing State Power, Economic Development and Human Rights. Ateneo Law Journal 51 (2006): 1.
Editor-in-Chief. The PHILJA Judicial Journal. (Official