Indonesia// New steps towards scientific legal cooperation

Yokyakarta, Universitas Gadjah Mada, 11 March 2020

To complement the state visit of King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, Nuffic Neso and the Faculty of Law of University Gadjah Mada organized a legal symposium, celebrating the longstanding legal cooperation between the two countries.  The event also aimed to promote the exchange of knowledge and experiences in different legal fields, as well as establish/sustain network and relations between Dutch and Indonesian academia.

Several universities in Indonesia (Gadjah Mada, Airlangga, Universitas Indonesia) and the Netherlands (Leiden, Maastricht and VU Amsterdam) were invited to participate. The topics they discussed include work in the field of legal education, the future of legal professionals in the 21st century and new approaches to combat cybercrime.

The symposium also presented the perfect opportunity to present the “Peer 2 Peer 4 Justice” project. Liza Farihah from Lembaga Kajian dan Advokasi (Leip) and Raymond Swennenhuis from the Netherlands Probation Service discussed the collaboration opportunities this project presents with the Indonesia- Netherlands Legal Network; specifically touching upon the contribution to viable legal reforms and processes at the Indonesian Supreme Court, Ombudsman and Directorate of Correction. The “Peer 2 Peer 4 Justice” project will support the established and growing relationship between both countries for the next 4 years. Prof Dr. Sigit Riyanto from Universitas Gadjah Mada and Peter van Tuijl from Nuffic Neso, who both chaired the meeting, presented the results of the symposium to the Dutch King and Queen in the aula of the university during a plenary session.

The event marked the warm and fruitful cooperation between professionals working as legal scholars and practitioners and looked positively ahead to new forms of cooperation.

Terima kasih UGM and Nuffic Neso for organizing this symposium!

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