As a requirement for the completion of the Juris Doctor degree, Ateneo Law School (ALS) students are required to prepare and defend a thesis on a subject of law, which is considered novel, and requires extensive discussion and analysis of laws, legal principles, and jurisprudence.  The preparation of the thesis is supervised by a thesis adviser chosen by the student who is a member of the ALS faculty.
During the Commencement Exercises, ALS recognizes students who have exceptionally written and defended their theses.  Each year, the Thesis Awards Committee chooses the best theses, which are awarded a gold, silver, or bronze medal.

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Patricia Anne D. Sta. Maria  Life, Death, and Data: Examining the Human Rights Implications of Introducting Data Exclusivity to India's Pharmaceutical System in Light of the Global Situation of Diseases such as HIV/AIDS in the Philippines and Other Developing Countries
Claudia Gabriella Squillantini Demystifying Dominance: Establishing Legal Parameters for Abuse of Dominance
Anne Katherine Navarrete Unsolicited Notoriety: Establishing a Framework in the Application of the Public Figure Doctrine to Private Individuals Whose Lives Intersect with Public Interest


Clariesse Jami Mari A. Chan  Reliefs and Remedies of Illegally Dismissed Employees: What Law States and What Jurisprudence Grants
Inigo Gabriel C. Pieraz The Effects of Climate Change on Sovereign Debt and Default Under a Bilateral Investment Treaty: Examining the Legal Consequences of Climate Change on Sovereign Debt and Default Under a Bilateral Investment Treart, and a State's Subsequent Claim of Necessity 
Michael Gerard T. Victoriano Digital Resale: Assessing the Impact of R.A. No. 10372 and the First Doctrine on Digital Media Transactions in the Philippines


Maria Christina Capito Rabonza The Coconut Levy Funds as Public Funds: Establishing Guidelines for Judicial Recognition of the Sui Generis  Nature of the Ill- gotten Wealth Suits 
Ivan Viktor Mendez Suppression Through Subterfuge: The Unconstitutional Inhibition of Offensive  Art on Hostile Audience Response 
Camille Maria L. Castolo  Re-Examining the Takings Doctrine in the Context of Cultural Preservation and Assessing its Effects on Republic Act No. 10066


Marie Yasmin M. Sanchez  Combating Biopiracy: Harmonizing the Convention of Biodiversity (CBD) and the WTO Treaty on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) in Relation to the Protection of Indigenous Traditional Knowledge and Genetic Resources 
Juan Paolo Miguel B. Leido Live and Let Die: Establishing the Legal Status of Advance Directives for Refusal of Life-Sustaining Medical Treatment, Their Enforceability and  Limitations 
Fay Irene L. Gurrea Raising the White Flag: The Effects of the United Nations Convention Against  Corruption on Extradition and Mutual Legal Assistance in the Philippines


Roland Glenn T. Tuazon  Wrongful Capture, Propert Detention Challenging the Doctrine of Male Captus, Bene Detentus in International Law
Raoul Angelo de Fiesta Atadero A Mandate Against Hate: Finding and Founding a Philippine Law on Hate Crimes 
Byron P. Perez Targeted Killings: An Examination of Its Permissibility Under Human Righs, The Law on the Use of Inter-State Force, and International Humanitarian Law 


Dranyl Jared P. Amoroso
Ma. Christina E. Tecson Exploring Exploration Fitting the Joint Marine Seismic Undertaking and Oil Exploration into the Molds of Section 2.Article XII of the 1987 Constitution