Law students of President University concentrating in International Law visited the House of Representatives (DPR) of the Republic of Indonesia (RI) on March 4, 2020. This visit was welcomed by Meutya Viada Hafid, Chairperson of Commission I of DPR RI in the Nusantara II Room of DPR Building.
Handa S. Abidin, S.H., LL.M., Ph.D., Law lecturer of President University revealed that this visit was carried out to let students learn about International Law of the Sea directly from the Commission I DPR RI, as well as getting to know more about the Commission I DPR RI and what is their role in the context of International Law of the Sea.
“Commission I is in charge of defense issues, therefore it is very relevant to meet Commission I for the context of our maritime defense, especially in matters between Indonesia and China in the South China Sea,” said Handa.
In this visit, students got a presentation on the International Law of the Sea, specifically the conflict in the Natuna Sea. Students were also given the opportunity to ask questions about it.
“Many things were discussed in the visit. I also asked a number of things, such as how the DPR responded to the issue of the Indonesian maritime security agency in the Natuna Sea which still overlaps between the Indonesian Navy, the Sea Police and Bakamla,” said Cindy Cherya, one of the students who participated in this visit.
Aside from DPR RI, students also visited the Faculty of Law Universitas Indonesia (FHUI) in Depok. Aristyo Rizka Darmawan, S.H., LL.M., a Law lecturer and Researcher at Center for Sustainable Ocean Policy FHUI explained about Indonesia and United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the history of the negotiation, the latest issues on the law of the sea, and the future challenges of the law of the sea.
Aristyo felt happy to share the knowledge with the President University students. According to him, President University students were very active during the session and were critical in receiving material.