FH Delegation Achieves the Second Place in Constitutional Drafting Padjadjaran Law Fair XIV Competition

Nelson Mandela FH UB Team won 2nd place in PLF XIV activity | photo: Personal Documentation

The delegation from the Faculty of Law, Universitas Brawijaya (FH UB) succeeded in winning 2nd place in the Constitutional Drafting competition category at Padjadjaran Law Fair (PLF) XIV 2023 event which was organized by the Faculty of Law, Padjadjaran University (UNPAD). The winner was announced on (26/11/2023) at the PLF XIV Closing Ceremony.

PLF is a prestigious competition for law faculties which is held every year with three competition categories, namely Constitutional Drafting, University Law Debate, and High School Law Debate. The theme of this year’s PLF XIV is “25 Years of Reform: Progress or Setback in State Administration.”

A number of FH UB students who are members of this team are Endrianto Bayu Setiawan (2020), M. Daffa Alfandy (2020), Wahyu Laksana Mahdi (2020), Aura Shafa Halillah (2020), and Nadhila Qisthy Nur Shabrina (2020), and accompanied by Carissa Ivadanti Azzahra (2021) as official.

Previously, FH UB delegation entered the final round with delegates from the University of Indonesia (UI), Gadjah Mada University (UGM), Diponegoro University (UNDIP), and Indonesian Islamic University (UII). The final round was held on November 25 at the Faculty of Law Building, Master of Notary Study Program, Padjadjaran University. The first winner in the Constitutional Drafting category was FH UGM and second place was won by FH UB.

In this competition, FH Delegation named Team Nelson Mandela raised the idea title “Reformulation of Constitutional Regulations in the Context of Strengthening the Constitutional Court through the Fifth Amendment to the 1945 Constitution of the Republic of Indonesia.” Several position cases that are issues for the Constitutional Court in this competition are related to the independence of the Constitutional Court, including issues regarding the appointment, dismissal and supervision of constitutional judges, compliance with the Constitutional Court’s decisions, and cases of disputes over the results of elections and regional elections. This was stated by the Head of UB FH Delegation.

“Several strategic issues raised in this competition include the issue of appointment, supervision and dismissal of constitutional judges. Then there is also the idea of testing Perppu and one-stop testing of legal regulations. Added to this is the institutional problem of regional election justice, which so far has no legal certainty in the Constitution. As well as other issues such as the follow-up or execution of MK decisions, as well as the authority to adjudicate constitutional questions and constitutional complaints,” said Endrianto Bayu as Head of the Delegation.

In working on Constitutional Drafting, FH Delegation also experienced several challenges, ranging from limited time for working on academic papers to formulating issues in the form of norms for the Fifth Amendment to the 1945 Constitution of the Republic of Indonesia.

“We worked on the Academic Paper and Draft Fifth Amendment Formulation in just three weeks, so the time was really short, especially since the number of issues that had to be studied and formulated in the form of written norms was very large. So that’s a challenge that we have to pursue and face, not to mention some of us are still attending lectures. “So, in terms of time, we really have to do extra,” said Bayu.

The opening activities of PLF XIV itself began with the Opening Ceremony which was held on November 24 2023 at Graha Sanusi Hardjadinata Building. The symbolic opening was carried out by the Head of the HTN Department, namely Prof. Susi Dwi Harijanti, S.H., LL.M., Ph.D. together with the Chair of IKA FH Unpad M. Agus Imanuddin. Next, there was a parade of delegates representing each university carrying their respective university flags.

In his opening ceremony speech, the Head of HTN Department, namely Prof. Susi Dwi Harijanti said that PLF activities were held regularly every year to commemorate Prof. Dr. (Emeritus) H.R. Taufik Sri Soemantri Martosoewignjo, S.H., a figure in Constitutional Law from the Faculty of Law, Padjadjaran University who has contributed ideas regarding the constitution and state administration.

“Padjadjaran Law Fair is a well-known legal competition event that holds debate and constitutional drafting competitions, Padjadjaran Law Fair is one of the prestigious events that has been held for many years and for the past 12 years has been a mandatory and sacred activity for the Faculty of Law, Padjadjaran University in memory of Prof. . Dr. (Emeritus) H.R. Taufik Sri Soemantri Martosoewignjo, S.H., a figure in Constitutional Law from the Faculty of Law, Padjadjaran University. “The fruits of his thoughts in the period 1999-2002 can now be felt by the entire Indonesian nation through the 1945 Constitution of the Republic of Indonesia,” said Prof. Susi, one of the Constitutional Law Experts in his opening remarks.

The PLF Constitutional Drafting Competition is an opportunity for law students to analyze the evaluation of 25 years of reform, namely whether the Indonesian constitutional system has experienced setbacks or progress.

According to Bayu, the issue of the Constitutional Court is very relevant when linked to the 25 years journey of reform. According to him, currently the Constitutional Court is faced with various quite complex problems, not only in terms of issues of authority and institutional conditions but also the issue of public trust which is increasingly being eroded.

Through this competition, Bayu and his friends feel grateful because they were able to achieve satisfactory results by becoming 2nd place. He said that Constitutional Drafting competitions are very rarely held by law campuses, so the participation of FH UB students in the PLF competition is a proud memory.

“For us, taking part in the PLF Constitutional Drafting is an exciting and proud opportunity, because we have the opportunity to learn to actualize new experiences and knowledge regarding constitutional issues. “In addition, Constitutional Drafting competitions are very rarely contested among law faculty students, so we are increasingly challenged to optimize our efforts to get the best results,” concluded Bayu. (ash/rma/FH PR/UB PR/ Trans. Iir)