FH Collaborates with Indonesian and Australian  Researchers and Practitioners to Discuss the Impact of Global Climate Change

Prof. Patrick Keyzer as Dean of Thomas More Law School of Australian Catholic University (left), Prof. Unti Ludigdo as UB’s Vice Rector for Research and Innovation (center), and Dr. Aan Eko Widiarto as Dean of FH UB (right) | Photo: PSIK FH UB

The Faculty of Law, Brawijaya University (FH UB) is once again committed to holding international programs through collaboration programs with universities abroad. This collaboration is carried out through a joint research program between FH UB lecturers and partner university lecturers. In addition to the research sector, workshops, international conferences, general lecturers and student exchange programs are also held.

At the end of 2023, FH UB has successfully held ‘RESTORATION: Research Workshop and Project Launch’ program which is an international workshop with the theme “Using Restorative Justice Techniques to Build Resilience and Address Climate Change Harms in Indonesia.”

This issue was chosen as the RESTORATION theme because it is an actual issue that is a problem on a global scale. So, it is hoped that through the RESTORATION program academic views can be produced that can analyze problems and provide solutions to overcome climate change which is taking place rapidly.

The RESTORATION program lasts for several days, opening from October 23 2023 and ending on October 26 2023. The program is carried out in a hybrid manner, namely through zoom meeting media and direct (offline) at UB FH Auditorium, Malang.

This program was interesting because it was attended by well-known legal figures from Indonesia and Australia who concentrated in the field of environmental law. The gathering of environmental law academics at FH UB carries an important meaning because it is a forum for exchanging ideas about environmental problems at the global level that require serious attention to be addressed immediately.

Through the RESTORATION program, the objectives to be achieved are to realize important goals, including: launching research projects that will be implemented between Brawijaya University and partners, developing research partnerships on international environmental law issues, building teamwork, facilitating knowledge sharing and learning between research team members on key topics, develop research skills, and plan implementation of the project.

Several prominent legal figures from Indonesia and Australia are Aan Eko Widiarto, S.H., M.Hum. (Dean of the Faculty of Law, Brawijaya University), Daru Adianto, S.H., M.T. (Lecturer in Environmental Law at the Faculty of Law, Brawijaya University), Prischa Listiningrum, S.H., LL.M. (Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law, Brawijaya University, Professor Patrick Keyzer (Dean of Thomas More Law School, Australian Catholic University (ACU)), Dina Afrianty, Ph.D. – Founder of Australia Indonesia Disability Research and Advocacy Network (AIDRAN), Mark Hamilton, Ph.D. (Lecturer in Law and Criminology at Thomas More Law School, Australian Catholic University (ACU)), Suzie O’Toole (Lecturer at Australian Catholic University), Bahrul Fuad, MA (Commissioner of the National Commission on Violence Against Women, Dr. Imam Koeswahyono, S.H., M.Hum. (Professor of Agrarian Law, Brawijaya University), Fachrizal Afandi, S.Psi., S.H., M.H. (Lecturer in Criminal Law, Brawijaya University), Rayna Smith (Australian Catholic University), Rival Gulam Ahmad, LL.M. (STIH Jentera Law School), Unita Werdi Rahajeng, M.Psi. (AIDRAN Researcher), Filipus Yudiandito, S.H., LL.M. (AIDRAN Researcher), Yokelina Ghani Putri (AIDRAN Research Association Researcher), Elo Kusuma (AIDRAN Researcher), Mahalli, S.Sos, M.Sos (AIDRAN Communications Officer), Muhammad Anis Zhafran Al Anwary, S.H. (Researcher at the Faculty of Law, Brawijaya University), and Farah Adriani, S.H. (Researcher at the Faculty of Law, Brawijaya University)

Participants in the RESTORASI program, a collaborative program between FH UB and ACU as well as practitioners and observers of environmental law | Photo: PSIK FH UB

The speakers above show that RESTORASI is an international collaborative program involving various figures in the international sphere, both from Indonesia and Australia. Not only academics, the RESTORATION forum also involves the participation of practitioners who are concerned about the environment and climate change.

This project is supported by the Australian Government through KONEKSI and implemented by Thomas More Law School Australian Catholic University, Faculty of Law, Brawijaya University, and AIDRAN.

As the host representative, the Dean, Dr. Aan Eko Widiarto, S.H., M.Hum. said that FH UB is committed to supporting the acceleration of overcoming the impacts of global climate change. According to him, this was carried out by FH UB academics who participated in various national and international forums that discuss the problem of global warming and efforts to overcome climate change. According to him, through this forum it is hoped that it can encourage the participation of the academic community to continue to contribute in sharing their knowledge to find the best solutions to overcome global climate problems which continue to worsen.

A similar view was also expressed by Prof. Patrick Keyzer as Dean of Thomas More Law School, Australian Catholic University (ACU). According to him, this collaborative project specifically discusses climate change policy issues and the impacts that occur due to climate change. Prof. Keyzer also considers that in this project there are things that have never happened before and have an impact on Indonesia’s future, so that a breakthrough project that collaborates with various stakeholders can become a forum for discussing more varied topics that conclude how important policies are to eradicate global climate change that has rapid progress.

It is hoped that this event will be an important milestone in the development of research that focuses on ecosystem restoration and environmental law, especially in Indonesia and Australia. It is hoped that the collaboration between legal experts and researchers from the two countries will spark the attention of the academic community, legal observers, environmental observers and the global community to work together to build collaboration to solve global climate problems. (Shofa/Endrianto/FH PR/UB PR/ Trans. Iir)