Ministry of Foreign Affairs Indonesia in collaboration with the Faculty of Law Universitas Indonesia held the 4th Development of International Law in Asia conference (DILA). The conference was held from 15-18 October 2019.
DILA is a foundation founded by M.C.Q. Pinto (Sri Lanka), Ko Swan Sik (Indonesia), dan J.J.G. Syatauw (Indonesia) in 1989 to develop the International Law from Asia perspective.
As said by Dr. iur. Damos Dumoli Agusman, SH, MA., Director General for Legal Affairs and International Treaties, this DILA conference presented academic speakers from within and outside the country, especially from Asia.
“They will discuss the development of international law in Asia. Also the contribution of countries in the Asia region to international law,” he said. Issues that discussed are the South China Sea conflict, European Union (EU) Oil Palm Discrimination, borders and exclusive economic zones (EEZ).
Furthermore, Indonesia, which was born as an archipelago, is the result of a struggle in the field of international law, namely UNCLOS 1982. Second, By being elected as a Non-Permanent Member of the UN Security Council 2019-2020, Indonesia must play a role for international law enforcement in handling strategic issues. Third, amidst current global and geopolitical dynamics, respect for international law is an important instrument, and Indonesia and ASEAN have reflected it as one of the principles of the ASEAN Outlook on Indo Pacific.
2019 is celebrated as 30 years of DILA and will be the 4th DILA conference to be held in Indonesia and the first to be held in collaboration with the Government of Indonesia, specifically the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Faculty of Law, University of Indonesia. This year the conference took the heading “DILA at 30: The Grand Anatomy of State Practice in International Law in Asia for the Last 30 Years: Past, Present, and Future”