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First International Conference on Law and Human Rights of Universitas Kristen Indonesia
Conference on ASEAN Diversities and its Principle toward ASEAN (legal) Integration

On April 14-15 2021, the Hanns Seidel Foundation Indonesia in collaboration with the Faculty of Law of the Universitas Kristen Indonesia, held its first International Conference on Law and Human Rights. The event focused on the question how ASEAN countries can find solutions to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic by harmonizing and integrating laws and principles to support the individual policies, taken by each member country.

Opening Remark by Ms. Julia Berger, Resident Representative of HSF Indonesia



ASEAN member states are characterized by significant differences in their political and legal systems, culture and history. These differences at times prevent a quick coordinated response towards upcoming crisis situations like the outbreak of the Myanmar conflict or the tackling of COVID-19.

ASEAN was created from its very beginning as a means towards regulating the relationships between it’s` member states. The outbreak of the pandemic has shown one more time how crucial such relationships are - globally as well as on the regional level. The ASEAN member states therefore decided to take joint efforts to combat the socio-economic crisis that was triggered by the outbreak of the pandemic. COVID-19 might therefore well be a driving factor for greater integration within the region. However, different applications of law within each member country could complicate the implementation of such recovery programs. The conference on Law and Human Rights therefore looked into challenges and opportunities for greater legal integration and harmonization of national laws in order to contribute to the ongoing debate on recovery programs and in order to shape policy discussions in the future.

Keynote Speech by Prof. Yasonna Laoly, M.Sc., PhD, Minister of Law and Human Right of Indonesia


The activity offered the possibility for 219 experts to present their views on

1. ASEAN Political Identity Toward ASEAN (Legal) Integration;

2. ASEAN Economic and Business (legal) Integration;

3. ASEAN Diversities to form (legal) Integration;

4. ASEAN Human Rights Integration Model;

5. ASEAN Way: Concepts and Mechanism Dealing With Pandemic Era


Combined with a Call for Papers, full articles will later be published in Scopus and International Journals, including EI Compendex, CrossRef, Google Scholar, DBLP and the EU Digital Library (EUDL).

Panel Discussion by the Experts (from top left to bottom down) : Dr. Hendri J Pandiangan, S.H., M.H. (Moderator), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Salawati Mat Basir (University Kebangsaan Malaysia), H.E. Yuyun Wahyuningrum (Representative of Indonesia to AICHR 2019-2021), Prof. Vivit Muntarbhorn


The event was opened with a keynote speech by the Minister of Law and Human Rights, Prof. Yasonna Laoly, M.Sc., PhD and Ms Cecilia Jimenez- Damary, UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Person, Philippines. Over 600 participants attended the event and listened to presenters from Indonesia, the Netherlands, Australia, Germany, Thailand and Malaysia. Leading speakers included Dr Dhaniswara K. Harjono, SH, MH, MBA (Rector of UKI), Prof. Dr Ronald Holzhacker (Faculty of Spatial Science University of Groningen Netherlands), Prof. Hadrian Geri Djajadikerta (School of Business and Law, Edith Cowan University Australia, H.E. Yuyun Wahyuningrum (Representative of Indonesia to AICHR 2019-2021), Dr James Gomez (Regional Director of Asia Center Thailand) and Assoc Prof. Dr Salawati Mat Basir (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia).

The outcomes of the conference may contribute to the ASEAN Vision 2025 on joint integration to strengthen ASEAN cooperation.