Dr Noel Morada

Director (Regional)

School of Political Science and International Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 7 334 66446


Dr Noel M. Morada is former Professor of Political Science at the University of the Philippines Diliman and was a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at the Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC. In 2005, he was commissioned by the Canadian Embassy in Manila to undertake research on responses to R2P in Southeast Asia from which a R2P Roadmap in the region was published and has served as a guide to the work of the Centre. He has been engaging stakeholders in Southeast Asia as part of his work in the Centre and has conducted lectures and seminars on R2P for government officials, civil society groups, and academia in Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines, and Thailand. He is an advocate of a bottom-up approach in building awareness and constituency around R2P in the region, focusing on the importance of Pillar 1 (prevention) and Pillar 2 (capacity building) of the norm. He has also delivered lectures on atrocities prevention and participated in various seminars, conferences, and public forums in Australia and Southeast Asia, as well as in New York, Geneva, Johannesburg, Rio de Janeiro, and Costa Rica among others. He has also organised and delivered lectures in education and training seminars for diplomats in Africa (between 2011-2013). In 2018, he delivered lectures on R2P and atrocities prevention in training seminars in Bangkok in cooperation with Mahidol University's Institute for Human Rights and Peace Studies; and in Auschwitz, Poland under the Global Raphael Lemkin Seminar on Genocide Prevention organised by the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation.

Apart from his research and advocacy on R2P, he is also involved in regional security research and dialogue specifically dealing with terrorism, maritime security, and non-traditional security issues in Southeast Asia. He has also done research and publication on ASEAN external relations, the ASEAN Regional Forum and cooperative security in the Asia Pacific, as well as human security and human development in the region.

Research Interests

  • Responsibility to Protect, human security, and human development
  • Comparative Southeast Asian politics and International Relations of Southeast Asia
  • ASEAN security, ASEAN external relations and major power relations in East Asia
  • Southeast Asian regional security
  • Hate Speech and incitement


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Northern Illinois University
  • Master of Public Administration, Cornell University
  • Master of Arts, University of the Philippines
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of the Philippines


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Book Chapter

  • Morada, Noel M. (2019). ASEAN regionalism and capacity-building for atrocities prevention. Implementing the responsibility to protect. (pp. 89-108) edited by Cecilia Jacob and Martin Mennecke. Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780429293795-5

  • Morada, Noel M. (2019). The Philippines and the South China Sea/ West Philippine sea conflict: challenges and prospects for peace, diplomacy, and external defence capability. From Aquino II to Duterte (2010–2018): change, continuity and rupture. (pp. 265-284) edited by Imelda Deinla and Björn Dressel. Singapore, Singapore: ISEAS Publishing. doi: 10.1355/9789814843294-015

  • Morada, Noel M. (2014). Ensuring responsibility while implementing under Article 4(h) intervention. Africa and the Responsibility to Protect: Article 4(h) of the African Union Constitutive Act. (pp. 312-324) edited by Dan Kuwali and Frans Viljoen. Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingodm: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315852126

  • Morada, Noel (2014). Entrenching responsibility to protect in the Asia-Pacific. The globalization of world politics: case studies from Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific. (pp. 23-26) edited by Charles Hawkesly and Nichole Georgiou. South Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press.

  • Morada, Noel M. (2014). The responsibility to protect: why this evolving norm matters and is here to stay. Debating the Endtimes of Human Rights: Activism and Institutions in a Neo-Westphalian World. (pp. 77-84) edited by Doutje Lettinga and Lars van Troost. Amsterdam, Netherlands: The Strategic Studies Project, Amnesty International Netherlands.

  • Morada, Noel M. (2013). The Association of Southeast Asian Nations. An institutional approach to the responsibility to protect. (pp. 247-267) edited by Gentian Zyberi. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/CBO9781139567664.015

  • Morada, Noel M. (2012). ASEAN responses to the responsibility to protect: challenges, opportunities and constraints. Responsibility To Protect: From Principle to Practice. (pp. 237-246) edited by Julia Hoffmann and Andre Nollkaemper. Amsterdam: Pallas Publications.

  • Morada, Noel M. (2012). Asia and the Pacific. The responsibility to protect: The promise of stopping mass atrocities in our time. (pp. 136-158) edited by Jared Genser, Irwin Cotler, Desmond Tutu and Vaclav Havel. New York, United States: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199797769.003.0020

  • Morada, Noel M. (2011). ASEAN-US strategic partnership in East Asia community building: Opportunities, risks and constraints. A Pacific nation : Perspectives on the US role in an East Asia community. (pp. 103-132) edited by Mark Borthwick and Tadashi Yamamoto. Tokyo, Japan: Japan Center for International Exchange.

  • Morada, Noel M. (2011). Political legitimacy in an unconsolidated democracy: The Philippines. Political legitimacy in Asia: New leadership challenges. (pp. 195-216) edited by John Kane, Hui-Chieh Loy and Haig Patapan. New York, NY, U.S.A.: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1057/9781137001474

  • Morada, Noel M and Haacke, Jurgen (2010). The ASEAN Regional Forum and cooperative security: Introduction. Cooperative Security in the Asia Pacific: The ASEAN Regional Forum. (pp. 1-12) edited by Jurgen Haacke and Noel M. Morada. London: Routledge.

  • Morada, Noel M (2010). The ASEAN Regional Forum and counter-terrorism. Cooperative Security in the Asia Pacific: The ASEAN Regional Forum. (pp. 150-171) edited by Jurgen Haacke and Noel M. Morada. London: Routledge.

  • Morada, Noel M (2010). The Asean regional forum: Origins and evolution. Cooperative security in the Asia-Pacific : The ASEAN regional forum. (pp. 13-35) edited by Jurgen Haacke and Noel M. Morada. London, .U.K.: Routledge.

  • Morada, Noel M (2010). The Philippines. Southeast Asia in a new era : Ten countries, one region in ASEAN. (pp. 159-178) edited by Rodolfo C. Severino, Elspeth Thomson and Mark Hong. Signapore: ISEAS.

  • Morada, Noel M. (2009). The rise of China and regional responses: A Philippine perspective. The rise of China: Responses from Southeast Asia and Japan. (pp. 111-136) edited by Jun Tsunekawa. Tokyo, Japan: National Institute for Defense Studies.

  • Morada, Noel M. (2008). East Asian community building: Ideas, prospects and opportunities for traditional smoecurity cooperation. Regional security in East Asia: Challenges to cooperation and community building. (pp. 150-170) edited by Aileen S. P. Baviera. Quezon City, Philippines: Asian Centre, University of the Philippines.

  • Morada, Noel M (2007). Institutionalization of regional order : Between norms and balance of power. Regional Order in East Asia: ASEAN and Japan Perspectives. (pp. 31-53) edited by Jun Tsunekawa and Bōeichō Bōei Kenkyūjo. Tokyo: National Institute for Defense Studies.

  • Morada, Noel M. (2007). Progress and setbacks in Philippine-US security relations. Controlling arms and terror in the Asia Pacific : After Bali and Baghdad. (pp. 181-193) edited by Marika Vickziany. Cheltenham, U.K. ; Northampton, MA, U.S.A.: Edward Elgar.

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