English Course Batch 2 and 3 Has Started

English Course for supporting staff at the Faculty of Law, Universitas Islam Indonesia for Batch 2 and Batch 3 has started. “We want all the supporting staff have capability to speak English. This is a good program to increase our human resource. As well as we also to prepare to be world class university, then we must start to be familiar with English as soon as possible.” explained the Dean of the Faculty of Law at the opening speech, Dr. Abdul Jamil, S.H., M.H.

The English Course contains dynamic material to increase the level of English to be used in office especially in providing the academic services. The material is specifically designed to be learned in around 14 meetings. The lecturer of the English Course is a native speaker from the United States, Christopher Cason, J.D.

“Our supporting staff are actually understand the basic communication in English. But now their English level must be increased. We do hope that this programme is routinely be held at our campus especially for all the supporting staff.” said Dodik Setiawan Nur Heriyanto, SH, MH, LLM, PhD as the Chief of the English Course Committee.


Prof. Dr. Sefriani, SH, MHum inaugurated as Professor of International Law


Prof. Dr. Sefriani, S.H., M. Hum. inaugurated as Professor of International Law at the UII Senate Open Session, at the Auditorium Prof. Dr. Abdulkahar Mudzakkir, Saturday (1/12). Prof. Sefriani delivered a scientific speech entitled Earthing and Utilizing International Law: the BIT model for Indonesia.

In her speech, Prof. Sefriani said that the international legal product that should receive extra attention and provide benefits for all Indonesian people is the Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT).

According to her, so far it has been realized that BIT is an asymmetrical agreement, not balanced in regulating rights and obligations between capital exporting countries which are generally developed countries with capital importing countries which are generally developing and underdeveloped countries. Both of these groups have different interests.

Prof. explained Sefriani, for exporting countries capital BIT is a protective instrument of all risks as well as political and legal uncertainty in the importing country. Therefore the classic BIT always contains the investor protection clause complete with a dispute settlement mechanism which is commonly referred to as the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS). Where foreign investors can directly bring the case to the arbitration panel.

“This panel has the authority to decide the loss that must be paid by the host if it finds a violation of the protection clause guaranteed by the BIT,” said Prof. Sefriani who is the 16th Professor at UII.

She added, as for the capital importing country, the existence of BIT is an instrument to attract investment in her country. Dependence on foreign investment makes the capital importing countries including Indonesia.

In her speech, Sefriani conveyed several recommendations for the Indonesian BIT model. First Protection of investment and liberalization must not sacrifice the interests of the state in making policies in the public interest. Second, the new BIT should guarantee the absence of a denial of justice for investors.

Furthermore, the third, the new BIT should revise the definitions of terms such as investment, Fair and Equitable Treatment (FET), expropriation that has been provided with a very open and open opportunity to be interpreted very broadly. Fourth, the new BIT should contain the obligation clause of foreign investors, not just the obligations of Indonesia as the host.

“Fifth, the dispute resolution mechanism in the new BIT should with certain conditions such as consent in writing and must be carried out through a separate agreement (SWA). Sixth, the possibility of establishing a new Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) in addition to the International Settlement Investment Dispute (ICSID) and UNCITRAL, ” she explained.

Prof. Sefriani said, as acknowledged by the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM), was one of the causes of the Indonesia-foreign investor dispute at the ISDS forum because of a lack of understanding of the obligations arising from BIT in various executive, legislative and judicial elements at the central and regional levels.

Therefore, it is very important to ground international law on this beloved Indonesia, so that Indonesia can use international law for foreign parties for the benefit of Indonesia. “It’s not the time for Indonesia to only be an object, where foreign parties use international law for Indonesia for their interests,” said Prof. Sefriani.


On Thursday, January 10, 2019 a presentation session was held by two students from Murdoch University who took 1 semester of study at the International Program of the Faculty of Law, Islamic University of Indonesia. The two students were named Anjaly Tessa Saji and Anna Ding. In addition to attending lectures for 1 semester, they also took part in an internship program at the Yogyakarta Legal Aid Institute office (LBH Yogyakarta). Legal problems that occur in Indonesia, especially in Yogyakarta, make them interested in being involved and seeing directly in the process of seeking justice. At the end of their internship period, they presented their research on internship report with different themes for each student.

In her research, Anjaly gave her attention to cases of domestic and sexual violence that occurred in Indonesia. The majority of victims of this case are women, the WHO (World Health Organization) notes that serious emotional trauma, permanent mental impairment, physical impairments and even death are the effects of domestic and sexual violence. “Religious values and cultural norms play a key role in upholding gender disparity which in turn promotes gender based violence such as domestic and sexual violence”, said anjaly.

Apart Anjaly, Anna Ding, took the title of research on Becak Motor in Yogyakarta: Policy and Legal Sustainability. As a cultural icon in Yogyakarta, Becak Montor (Bentor) plays a big role in turning the economic wheel for Bentor drivers. But in addition to the uniqueness possessed by the bentor and the great benefits that the driver gets from tourists visiting Yogyakarta, bentor has several problems in the field of law, especially those relating to regulations. In her presentation, she explained that “the primary argument against Becak Motor surrounds their use of a motorized engine, causing it to be illegal transportation, yet a replacement electric vehicle is still in a prototype form and not economically feasible in widespread production.”

It is hoped that the involvement of the two students in the 3 month internship program at LBH can provide new knowledge and additional insights related to policy and legal issues that occur in Indonesia.

Our Student Won 2nd Rank at Marvellaw UNNES Competititon

Our law school students once again made achievements. Muhammad Yanuar Sodiq who was a delegate from FKPH LEM FH UII won 2nd place in the National Level Essay Competition in the Marvelaw Unnes Competition 2018 competition. The competition was organized by the Semarang State University Student Executive Body (UNNES) on 12-14 November 2018 in order Anniversary of UNNES.

Yanuar said that “the paper he created is a form of ideas to ratify the international labor organization (ILO) convention and the formation of domestic workers’ unions, the aim of which is that the current labor law has not maximally provided protection for domestic workers. This is because the labor law still focuses on protection for industrial workers simply because it needs to ratify the international labor organization convention which is more efficiently carried out than revising the labor law which is not even at the discussion stage. With the realization of this idea, it is expected that domestic workers can be given maximum protection such as adequate rest periods and a fair payment mechanism. “

There are several obstacles and difficulties experienced by Yanuar in the preparation process of this competition such as the lack of time because at that time it coincided with other competition agendas. However, this difficulty was accompanied by the enthusiasm and ease provided by the supervisors and other friends that did not dampen Yanuar’s enthusiasm for achievement.

“A big thank you to Syarif Nurhidayat as a supervisor, to FKPH, especially the competition department, who from the beginning provided assistance so that I focused on preparing the material, to the FKPH alumni brother who gave a lot of solutions and ideas, to the campus that provided facilities room and accommodation accommodations, as well as all friends who have prayed for and encouraged. This competition is a special prize for FKPH at the end of the management of this period, “said Yanuar.

Yanuar advised “our studentsto be able to achieve more and not only get 2nd place for the next competition, never despair, keep on sharpening their minds, if there are written ideas, because it is one of our efforts to educate the nation’s life by providing solutions to problems faced by this nation and hopefully FKPH will be more prosperous. “


CSEAS Fellowship 2019

Since 1975, CSEAS has had an established visiting scholarship program to promote research activities in and on the region by distinguished scholars. To date, over 350 – many of them leading researchers in their respective fields- have availed themselves of the Center’s considerable scholarly resources to engage in path breaking, multidisciplinary research and develop comparative, historical, and global perspectives on Southeast Asia.

CSEAS hosts scholars and researchers who work on comparative and regional issues from a multi-area perspective, and are interested in spending time in Kyoto, Japan to conduct research, write, or pursue other scholarly interests in connection with their field of study. With considerable scholarly resources, CSEAS also offers the invigorating atmosphere of scenic Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan and the main repository of the country’s cultural treasures, to enable researchers to pursue their interests in Southeast Asian area studies.

The Center’s multi-disciplinary character and the diverse research interests of our faculty offer visiting research scholars an ideal opportunity for the exchange of ideas, collaboration, and the cultivation of comparative perspectives.

Fourteen fellowships are awarded annually on a competitive basis. Fellowships are between a period of three to six-months.

Applicants are not limited to scholars: CSEAS has hosted government officials, journalists, public intellectuals, librarians, NGO workers, IT specialists, and other professionals on short-term visits.

While in Kyoto, we encourage scholars to participate in CSEAS conferences, seminars, and workshops and submit articles to the Center’s flagship journal Southeast Asian Studies, The Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia, and the CSEAS Newsletter. Fellows are expected to reside in Kyoto for the duration of their fellowship and deliver a public lecture during their term. We also encourage fellows to consider submitting manuscripts to one of our book series.

Successful applicants will receive an appropriate stipend to cover international travel and living expenses in Kyoto and research funds will be provided to facilitate work. Funds will also be allocated for domestic travel, subject to government regulations. Visiting Research Scholars are considered as employees of Kyoto University and are therefore subject to some of the University’s regulations.

Fellowship Slots and Periods

Seven fellowships, including one librarian position, will become available on the following dates:

  • 1) September 1, 2019
  • 2) October 1, 2019
  • 3) January 8, 2020
  • 4) January 16, 2020
  • 5) March 1, 2020


Applicants must be productive scholars of high reputation under 65 years of age at the time of the fellowship appointment; those over 65 may be considered only if they are outstanding. This fellowship is not available to individuals currently pursuing graduate degrees or post-doctoral studies. Only experienced librarians are eligible to apply for the library position. Scholars who have previously held CSEAS fellowships must wait six years after the completion of their fellowships before reapplying.

Application Procedure

Applicants must submit their applications via our online form. Online applications must have the following documents attached separately.

Please send the files in PDF format by E-mail (grants@cseas.kyoto-u.ac.jp)

  • b) A curriculum vitae (must not exceed 5 pages and must include a list of all major publications)
  • c) A research plan for the fellowship term (Please write a concise overview of your research project for your stay at CSEAS within 2 pages. Please download and use this form. Please use double space and include paragraph descriptions.)
  • d) Two Recommendation Letters (Applicants must also contact their respective referees and request them to send their letters of recommendations to CSEAS via email. The letter should be written in their institution’s letterhead.)

Application Deadline

Applications for the 2019 fellowships must reach us no later than February 28, 2019. We regret that we cannot entertain individual queries or follow-ups about the results of selection by email, fax, or telephone. Applicants will be notified of their application status by the end of May 2019.

Review of the Internship Program for Students

On 5th of January 2019, the Central of Education and Legal Training Centre organized a specific workshop with the topic of “A Review of the Internship Program of the Faculty of Law, UII”. The workshop held at Grand Inna Malioboro Hotel with the full-day meeting.

“We understand well that our internship program must be reviewed since we started this program for the first time at this semester. We do hope that this meeting could propose major revision on our model.” said the Dean of the Faculty of Law UII at the opening speech.

Dr. Budi Agus Riswandhi, SH, MHum as the Head of the Study Program elaborated the ideal model of the internship program. “But this ideal model takes time to adopt at our current program. As the priority, we must have new course specification and syllabus as the based documents of the program. The guidebook for students must also be specifically based on the specific legal profession. The most important thing is that all those elaborations must be based on the currently expected learning outcomes” explained Head of the Studi Program Faculty of Law UII.

“Previously, we conducted a field study to Faculty of Law Universitas Negeri Sebelas Maret and Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang. Those two law schools have been opening the internship program for more than 5 (five) years. We can also use their good practices as a reference to our internship model.” explained Nurjihad, SH, MH as the chair of the second session.

The workshop was ended with the result of three important draft documents: syllabus, course specification, and marking guideline. The draft would be legalized by the study programme and being used as the new guideline of the internship program.

Supports for Uighur from Islamic Universities in Indonesia

The Indonesian Islamic University (UII) together with the University of Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY), Nahdlatul Ulama University (UNU) Yogyakarta, Universitas Aisyiyah (UNISA) Yogyakarta and the University of Alma Ata (UAA) voiced their opinions on Chinese Uighurs which have become international talks.

The five Islamic Universities in Yogyakarta assessed that the Chinese Government’s policy in Xinjiang in the form of a Strike Hard Against Violent Terrorism Campaign by establishing a political education camp has led to discriminatory actions and violence against ethnic Uighurs. The statement was delivered at the UII Campus, Jl. Cik Di Tiro No.1 Yogyakarta, on Saturday (12/22).

Present at the presentation of the statement of the Rector of UMY, Dr. Ir. Gunawan Budiyanto, M.P., UAA Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Hamam Hadi, MS., Sc.D., Sp.GK., Chancellor of UNISA, Warsiti, S.Kp., M.Kep., Sp.Mat and Chancellor of UII, Fathul Wahid, ST, M.Sc., Ph. D. who in this meeting read the manuscript statement before the media crew. In addition, from UII also appeared present the Director of Pusham, Eko Riyadi, S.H., M.H., and the Deputy Chancellors.

The first point in the statement, urged the United Nations organs, especially the Human Rights Council, to use the Special Procedure mechanism by appointing Independent Experts to conduct research and investigation (if needed), to collect all information regarding alleged discrimination and systematic violence carried out by the Government China against ethnic Uighurs.

Second, urging the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination to continue its recommendations with effective actions in the form of Early Warning and Emergency Response Efforts by sending Ad Hoc Teams to carry out research and investigations regarding alleged discrimination and systematic violence carried out by the Chinese government against ethnic Uighurs.

Third, to encourage the Indonesian government, through the Minister of Foreign Affairs to send a clarification note on various developing reports relating to allegations of discrimination against ethnic Uighurs while sending messages of Indonesian public concern regarding the situation of the Uighur ethnic group.

The next statement invites all Indonesian people to jointly demonstrate solidarity by gathering resources in any form to help ease the burden of ethnic Uighurs, especially those in refugee camps. Finally, inviting all Indonesian people to respond to this problem critically, while still promoting the spirit of respect for human values.

Unity to combat corruption in our country

The problem of corruption and law enforcement has been a polemic for a long time. This certainly cannot be separated from the political dynamics of a power. History shows that corruption has existed since the old order. Many corruption perpetrators come from the executive community.

Such behavior continues until the New Order government even the reform era, which is increasingly spread across various lines, both executive, legislative and judicial. Therefore, corruption is a common enemy that deserves to be fought. However, efforts to eradicate it must continue to prioritize human values and justice.

The topic as illustrated in the National Seminar with the theme “Realizing Law Enforcement and Organizing a Humanitarian and Just Corruption Court”. The event was held by the Law Faculty Law Doctoral Program UII in collaboration with the Center for Leadership and Legal Development Studies (CLDS), on Saturday (29/12) at the Auditorium of the UII Waqf Foundation, Jl. Cik Di Tiro No. 1, Yogyakarta.

Chairperson of the Indonesian Constitutional Court Period 2008-2013, Prof. Dr. Moh. Mahfud MD, SH., SU., Said that the number of corruption in Indonesia is increasing. Even some people seem to have no fear and fear of corruption so that all elements of society are expected to unite against corruption.

“Our hope is not too much before improving our political map, but we still have to fight to eradicate corruption, we support the KPK, if there are shortcomings we can repair it together, whatever our conditions are opponents of corruption indiscriminately,” he said in a teleconference connection.

Furthermore, Chair of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Indonesia for the period 2001-2008, Prof. Dr. Bagir Manan, SH. MCL said that some people argue that the methods of law enforcement do not touch the basis or root of corruption

“Noting this perspective, it is time to solve the problem of corruption and fix various phenomena outside the law that are not only related but as the root of corruption, such as corrupt, bureaucratic, social, economic and constitutional political behavior,” he said.

While Professor of the Faculty of Law UII, Prof. Jawahir Thontowi, SH., Ph.D., said that in law enforcement corruption and corruption court must still prioritize with human values and values of justice.

“From an inclusive legal approach framework, in eradicating corruption, the law should contain truth and justice values, the principle of due process of law, so that the law serves to prevent, enforce, and learn to achieve order or harmony in human life,” he concluded.

Improving Indonesian Law Enforcement in 2019

Towards the end of 2018, it certainly becomes a reflection of itself to look back at the portrait of law enforcement in Indonesia. Many legal and political events this year can be both learning and homework in the face of 2019, starting from legislative, executive and judicial powers. This is important because in 2019, Indonesia faces a political year. Reflections on law enforcement are important in order to form better expectations in the future.

The topic as illustrated in the Year-End Reflection Seminar with the theme “Portrait of Law Enforcement in 2018 and Expectations for Future Improvement” held by the Center for Legal Studies at the Faculty of Law, Islamic University of Indonesia, on Monday (31/12) at the Main Meeting Room Lt. 3 Faculty of Law UII, Jl. Taman Siswa No. 158, Yogyakarta.

Dean of the Faculty of Law UII, Dr. Abdul Jamil, SH., MH., Said that one of the reasons for holding a year-end reflection program was because there were still many problems in law enforcement cases in Indonesia.

“Data from the Ombudsman of the Republic of Indonesia that throughout the year there are approximately 600 cases related to law enforcement, this figure is very extraordinary for us, so it is important for us to reflect together as our self-evaluation with the aim of law enforcement in 2019 better than the year this, “he said.

While Chair of the Judicial Commission of the Republic of Indonesia for the 2013-2015 period, Dr. Suparman Marzuki, SH., M.Sc., said that the state should be more serious in being present in building a civilization and for future law enforcement.

“We hope that this country will be more effective in order to build legal civilization, the presence of the state becomes very important because it is more difficult to develop a nation’s civilization through a legal civilization,” he said.

Furthermore, UII’s Faculty of Law Lecturer, Dr. Idul Rishan, SH., LLM., Also expressed his views regarding the hope of improving legal development regarding portraits of constitutional law and the phenomenon of political corruption that occurred in Indonesia throughout 2018.

“It is necessary to take steps to safeguard the pulse of legislation as one of the top priorities in carrying out legal development, safeguarding the constitutionalism principle among electoral organizers in 2019, guarding the independence of the Constitutional Court, and strengthening the role of independent state commissions to implement the rule of law and democracy,” he concluded.

Idul Rishan Passed the Open Doctoral Exam

The board of examiners at the Postgraduate Study, Faculty of Law, Gadjah Mada University passed the Open Doctoral Exam to Idul Rishan. “With this achievement, he has the right to use the title of Doctor in front of his name.” said the co-Promotor, Dr. Zainal Arifin.

The Open Exam was held on Friday, 28 of December 2018. On that day, Idul Rishan defended his dissertation with the topic of reformation of judicial authority in Indonesia. “We do support Idul Rishan to get the higher degree. The Faculty leadership, everyone, come to the Open Exam as proof of support to him,” explained Dr. Abdul Jamil, Dean of the Faculty of Law, UII.

“This is a good point that our young lecturer could receive the Doctoral Degree. We must also support the other young lecturers to pursue doctoral study at a very young academic career. This will increase the number of our academic staff which has a higher degree as evidence of higher human quality.” said Dodik Setiawan Nur Heriyanto, PhD who also graduated last year from Hungary.