Workshop on International Law of the Sea held in Jakarta, Indonesia

The Foundation delivers workshop on marine environmental protection in a transboundary context

On 4 December, 2019, one of the Max Planck Foundation’s Managing Directors and former judge and President of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum, and Research Fellows from the Foundation’s Asia Team implemented a workshop on law of the sea, entitled “Marine Environmental Protection in a Transboundary Context” in Jakarta, Indonesia. The event was hosted by the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime and Investment Affairs of Indonesia in collaboration with the Embassy of Indonesia in Berlin.

The workshop addressed a number of issues concerning the protection and preservation of the marine environment under the international law of the sea. Opening and closing remarks were delivered, respectively, by Mr Sugeng Santoso, Minister’s Expert Staff, and by Mr Ayodhia G.L. Kalake, Director for the Delimitation of Maritime Zones, Coordinating Ministry for Maritime and Investment Affairs. The workshop was facilitated by Mr Sora Lokita, from the Coordinating Ministry and was attended by state officials, academics, legal practitioners, and students from a number of Indonesian Universities. Presentations and engaging discussions between the participants, Professor Wolfrum and team centred on the environmental framework provided for by UNCLOS Part XII, navigational rights and freedoms through international straits, transboundary pollution and dispute settlement mechanism.

This activity was complemented by a high-level Roundtable with high ranking officials, representatives from the Coordinating Ministry, members of the Naval Forces of Indonesia, and research staff. The Foundation and the Indonesian Coordinating Ministry for Maritime and Investment Affairs of Indonesia aim to continue their cooperation with further activities in 2020.