Indonesia // Netherlands Legal Update 2022

INLU 2022  was the fourth bi-annual conference on rule of law and security and it was organised in September 2022. Embracing the theme “digitalisation, innovation and sustaining legal relations” INLU 2022 had a different set-up than in previous years. INLU 2022 was spread over two weeks and held in a hybrid format to increase participation for those from far away.

On 19th of September Minister of Law and Human Rights Yasonna Laoly and Ambassador Lambert Grijns spoke at the opening ceremony at the Erasmushuis with participants at all levels and from all directions. Both, the Minister and the Ambassador referred to the long standing and unique cooperation between Indonesia and the Netherlands. Minister Laoly highlighted the visit of the Directorate of Corrections (Ditjen Pas) to the Netherlands in May 2022, which provided valuable insights on alternative approaches to correctional service. This could provide relief to Indonesia’s overcrowding of prisons problem.

The opening ceremony was followed by a panel discussion on restorative justice convened. Here this point was emphasised as well. Indonesia needs a quick solution to overcrowding, evidently a priority for the coming years.

Over a period of nine days fourteen panels were held, each day comprising of two panels hosted by different institutions. The discussions were stimulating, encouraging and varied per day. Hereby a few highlights:

  • Tuesday 20 September, we focused on people’s centered justice, affirming Indonesia’s commitment towards promoting access to justice.
  • Wednesday 21 September we had a day on probation, affirming the need to install the probation service and strengthen cooperation among criminal justice partners to combat crime. Please click here to watch the video ‘Get Smart on Crime’, developed by the a/o CILC which was played at the panel.
  • Thursday 22 September the sessions were centered around environmental crimes, touching upon the emerging need to investigate mechanisms to settle environmental conflicts.
  • Tuesday 27 September we had panels, one on judicial training showcasing a sneak preview of the decision writing training developed for Judicial Training Centre together with the Judicial Training Academy SSR for the initial training of candidate judges. The second panel was with the Ombudsman Institute and the discussion was focused on the fair treatment approach (Propartif) that is being established in Indonesia with the support of the Netherlands Ombudsman.
  • Wednesday 28 September we held the last panels with the participation of the Mahkamah Agung, the Hoge Raad and Binus University.
  • Like we did on the opening day, we closed the INLU 2022 panels with a discussion on restorative justice.

INLU 2022 was ceremoniously closed on 29th  September at Erasmushuis. Together with the key partners of the Peer-2-Peer-4-Justice project, we facilitated a dialogue on our cooperation, the support which has been provided and what remains important to establish in the coming years. It was an honour to hear the president of the Hoge Raad, the Chief Justice of Mahkamah Agung, the Ombudsman of both the Netherlands and Indonesia, the Director of DGC of Indonesia and a representative of the Dutch Probation Service all reiterating their commitment to sustain the long and fruitful legal cooperation.

INLU 2022 was a remarkable success, which brought together 1000 participants onsite and 4000 participants online. So altogether it was attended by 5000 participants which would not have been possible without the hybrid format and the commitment and support of the Netherlands and Indonesian partners.

Please click here for a highlight reel of INLU 

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