National Colloquium on the ASEAN Community 2015: Legal Debate on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in ASEAN, Jakarta, 2-5 September 2013


The Member States of the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) are resilient to strengthen their commitments in realizing the three pillars of the ASEAN Community, namely Political-Security Community, Economic Community, and Socio-Cultural Community. One of the commitments within the Political-Security Community is to enhance the protection of human rights in ASEAN. The pursuit of this commitment is undertaken through various measures, among others, from the establishment of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) as well as the adoption of the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD).


In this regard, it is important to disseminate the information regarding the measures taken by ASEAN member States to promote Human Rights in ASEAN in a comprehensive manner. Accordingly, the Directorate General of ASEAN Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of Republic of Indonesia, in collaboration with the Indonesian Society of International Law (ISIL) which annually organizes the Indonesian rounds of the prestigious Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, shall be convening the "National Colloquium on the ASEAN Community 2015: Legal Debate on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in ASEAN" which will take place in Jakarta, 2-5 September 2013. The purpose of this event is to enhance the understanding of the society in general and law students in particular on the ASEAN community building process, the promotion and protection of Human Rights in ASEAN and the AHRD. 


The Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E Wardana, will officially open the event. The event is comprised of two-day seminar on the ASEAN Community and the development of Human Rights in ASEAN. This shall be followed by a legal debate whereby the selected participants will take the floor to exercise their competence. The debate aims to increase the knowledge of the students on Human Rights and dispute settlement mechanism in ASEAN, and improve their capabilities in constructing and delivering arguments within a formal international setting. The format of the debate is in principal an international law moot court competition, and  is chosen in light of the students' legal background. However, unlike other international law moot court competitions that are before the International Court of Justice, the setting of the legal debate would be an arbitral tribunal as set out in the ASEAN Dispute Settlement Mechanism. This exercise would allow the students to be more familiar with the ASEAN dispute settlement mechanism as well as the provisions of the ASEAN Charter, AHRD and other ASEAN instruments 


There are 64 law students from 32 faculties who have passed the administrative selection and the written test and will participate in the debate competition. The participants will undergo a debate training prior to the competition. They will also have an educational visit to the ASEAN Secretariat.


The National Colloquium of ASEAN Community 2015 : Legal Debate on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights is the first nationwide event of its kind for university students to broaden their understanding on Human Rights in ASEAN.  This event will involve the related Directorates of the MOFA, the Representative of Indonesia to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission of Human Rights (AICHR), the Directorate General of Human Rights from the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, academics and practitioners as the speakers for the seminar and the juries for the debate. We are convinced that the Colloquium would be a prestigious event which will be highly beneficial for youth in promoting the Human Rights, both in Indonesia and in the Southeast Asia region.  (Source : Directorate of ASEAN Political and Security Cooperation)