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The Faculty of Law of the Universitas Islam Indonesia (UII) held a 2020 Coordination Meeting to Concepting Working Plan (Rakorja) on Sunday (27-09-2020). The UII FH Coordination Meeting 2020 this time carries the theme theme “Bertahan; Berbenah; Tumbuh; dalam Rangka Mencetak Lulusan FH Berintegritas dan Profesional (Defending; Clean up; Grow; in Order to Produce Faculty of Law’s Graduate with Integrity and Professional)”. Implementation of this Rakorja is different from previous years because it is carried out online. This is a reminder of the high number of cases of Covid-19 transmission in Indonesia. The implementation of this Rakorja was carried out in a hybrid manner from the Main Meeting Room, 3rd Floor of FH UII and was attended by around 25 people. Although many participants realized, the implementation of the Faculty of Law’s Rakorja 2020  was carried out in accordance with health protocols.

In his speech, the Dean of Faculty of Law UII, Assoc Professor Dr. Abdul Jamil, SH., MH., said that the implementation of this Rakorja had complied with the existing health protocols. Abdul Jamil, who is also the Chairperson of the UII Siaga Covid 19 Team, said that all coordination meetings paid attention to existing health protocols. “We have opened the windows, we have also opened the doors so that the air can circulate properly”, said Abdul Jamil.

The Rakorja was opened by the Rector of UII, Prof. Fathul Wahid, ST, M, Sc., Ph.D ,. In his remarks, Fathul Wahid praised the willingness of Faculty of Law UII lecturers to organize activities amidst the existing busy schedule. “This is proof that you are good people, because they volunteered for the meeting on Sunday,” said Fathul Wahid, responded with laughter from the participants.

According to Fathul Wahid, the pandemic condition is the main challenge for universities in Indonesia, including UII. “This pandemic condition has a tremendous impact. This condition will greatly affect our future policy direction”, he said. According to Fathul Wahid, many private universities could barely survive this pandemic. “Alhamdulillah, UII after doing the ‘belt tightening” managed to survive until it has a salary cash reserve of up to 12 months, “added Fathul Wahid optimistically.

Fathul Wahid conveyed that this pandemic condition should not be considered merely as an obstacle, but must also be seen as a momentum. This is the meaning of the UII’s Rakorja theme. “We have to quickly adapt,” said Fathul Wahid. The online learning system is one form of momentum referred to by Fathul Wahid. According to him, during the pandemic, UII has been ‘forced’ to develop a good online learning system. It is projected that this system will not continue to end after the pandemic is over, but will continue to be developed. The main objective is to increase the usefulness of UII’s existence in Indonesia. “I imagine if we can make online meetings permanent. It can also be used as a mixture of online and offline. ”, Said Fathul Wahid.

The Faculty of Law UII itself has an optimistic view in welcoming this Rakorja. According to Abdul Jamil, Faculty of Law of the UII will aim to have at least five professors in the next 2021 period. This was as conveyed by Abdul Jamil in his presentation of the 2021 FH UII Dean Work Program. “The 2021 target will be 5 professors,” said Abdul Jamil.

The implementation of the Faculty of Law’s Rakorja was carried out with strict health protocols. The organizing committee provides medical masks for all participants. “The Faculty of Law UII gives full concentration on how to maintain the health of the Faculty of Law UII civitas academica during the pandemic period,” said Abdul Jamil.

The Faculty of Law of the Universitas Islam Indonesia (UII) held the Coordination Meeting to Gather Inputs for Civitas academics (Pra Rakorja) of Faculty of Law UII, on Monday (21-09-2020). This Pra-Rakorja organizing is different from previous years because it is carried out online. This is due to the fact that there are still high cases of Covid-19 transmission in Indonesia. The pre-coordination meeting was attended by more than 150 participants.

In the implementation of this Pra-Rakorja, the Dean of Faculty of Law UII, Associate Professor Dr. Abdul Jamil, SH., MH., conveyed several points of explanation on the dean’s work program. One of them is professor acceleration. “The target in 2021, we will have five professors,” said Abdul Jamil.

Currently, Faculty of Law UII has six professors. This was conveyed in Abdul Jamil’s presentation at the 2020 Pra-Rakorja with the theme “Bertahan; Berbenah; Tumbuh; dalam Rangka Mencetak Lulusan FH Berintegritas dan Profesional (Defending; Clean up; Grow; in Order to Produce Faculty of Law’s Graduate with Integrity and Professional”. According to Abdul Jamil, currently Faculty of Law UII has 107 lecturers, but only has six professors. So, a stimulus is needed to immediately accelerate professors at Faculty of Law UII.

Abdul Jamil also said that this year’s Pra-Rakorja was carried out under special conditions. The Pra-Rakorja meeting was forced to not be carried out ‘face-to-face’ or offline due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The condition of the Covid-19 Pandemic is also the biggest challenge for Faculty of Law UII in implementing this year’s work program. Therefore, according to Abdul Jamil, Faculty of Law UII must ‘clean up’ and try to adjust to the situation in the new normal period. “In 2021 we must improve, we must be able to adjust the site. When we can make adjustments to the situation, and when the situation is normal, we must immediately ‘run’, to achieve the achievements for 2021, “said Abdul Jamil.

During the Pra-Rakorja presentation, Abdul Jamil also conveyed several flagship programs and activities in 2021. One of the flagship work programs is preparing the international accreditation of the Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA). “We will prepare FIBAA accreditation for the undergraduate program, and international accreditation for the Master of Law Program and Notary Program”, said Abdul Jamil.

Beside the Professors Acceleration Program and FIBAA Accreditation, Faculty of Law UII also launched many internationalization programs in 2021. One of them is to conducting Research Collaboration with Ahmad Ibrahim Kuliyah of Laws International Islamic University Malaysia (AIKOLS IIUM).

The Pra-Rakorja will be followed by a Coordination Meeting to Concepting Working Plan (Rakorja) on Sunday (27-09-2020). Through the Pra-Rakorja, which was attended by all lecturers and education staff at Faculty of Law UII, it is hoped that it can provide constructive input for the implementation of the Coordination Meeting. “Therefore, we hope for input from all ladies and gentlemen for the smooth running of the Pra-Rakorja today,” said Abdul Jamil.

The pandemic and the social distancing policy did not prevent the Faculty of Law of the Universitas Islam Indonesia from continuing to work. FH UII held an Seminar on International Journal Publication, on Tuesday (07/28-2020), as a manifestation of the commitment to achieve acceleration professor program. This seminar is held in a hybrid, which is a combination of online and offline methods, with due regard to strict health protocols. The seminar was attended by lecturers through the Zoom application and guided by the committee directly from the VIP Conference Room, Faculty of Law, Universitas Islam Indonesia. This seminar presented speakers, namely Prof. Dr. Tulus Suryanto, S.E., M.M., A.kt., C.A., CMA., CERA., ACPA., And Yuli Andriansyah, S.E., M.Sc.

The event was opened by the Dean of Faculty of Laaw, Dr. Abdul Jamil, S.H., M.H. In his remarks, Dr. Abdul Jamil explained that this seminar was a form of Faculty of Law’s commitment in supporting and implementing the professor acceleration program for its lecturers. According to Dr. Abdul Jamil, the committee initially planned a two-day offline training activity for lecturers. However, a pandemic outbreak forced these activities to not be carried out. Instead of being fully cancelled, Faculty of Law remains committed to carrying out activities in different forms and concepts, through seminars that utilize a hybrid system.

Dr. Abdul Jamil himself gave remarks and opened the event directly from his office in the Faculty of Law Building. Even though the committee was in one building, the number of people in the room was taken into consideration in the holding of this seminar. “We limit the number of participants (in the room), up to five people,” explained the Head of the Organizing Team, Dodik Setiawan Nur Heriyanto, S.H., M.H. Faculty of Law itself still applies policies to work and lectures from home. However, the enthusiasm of the lecturers in participating in this activity seemed unshakeable. The seminar was attended by dozens of FH UII lecturers through the Zoom Meeting Platform.

The first speaker, Prof. Tulus Suryanto gave his material presentation on tips on how to publish in internationally reputable journals. Through Zoom from Lampung, Prof. Tulus Suryanto explained how important research and publications are for lecturers. According to him, research and publications are common in the academic world, even before someone becomes a lecturer. However, lecturers often find it difficult to sort out the research that has been done. “Like we have a tree that has a lot of fruit, but we have difficulty to collect the fruits”. According to Prof. Tulus Suryanto, often lecturers assume that publication is the main thing. In fact, according to him, research is more important than publication. “Publication is the result of good research work, good research work is certainly accepted in good publications,” he said. According to him, the publication process is very important to maintain the scientific elements in a work. “Why should we publish it and why should it be in a reputable journal? Reputable journal publication is a scientific stage called peer review with scientific processes. This peer review is important through the stages of editing”, he said.

The second speaker, Yuli Andriansyah, explained more about the practice to participants: about the use of the Mendeley. Yuli Andriansyah practically provides training to lecturers on the use of Mendeley in manuscripts. Apparently, there are still many lecturers who do not know about Mendeley. Even though Universitas Islam Indonesia itself has subscribed to Mendeley as a facility for its civitas academia. “The Mendeley application has been subscribed to by Universitas Islam Indonesia so that it can have greater capacity and features,” said Yuli Andriansyah.

This hybrid seminar program was positively appreciated by the lecturers. However, this hybrid method is still considered less effective. The lecturers hope that in the future similar training can be held as a continuation of activities using the offline method. Of course, this can only be done if conditions return conducive. “Hopefully the pandemic will end soon and the teaching and learning activities will return to normal,” Dodik Setiawan said.

 

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) have an impact to all of activity in this world. The system changed to online not only at the studying process, but also all academic activities were held online. Online system such an alternative to reduce transmission rate of coronavirus.

Youngsan University organize 6th Joint International Conference at June 30, 2020. This activity was usually carried out offline by presenting several speakers who presented their own topics. Committee of this international conference was struggled some way to held this agenda with paid some attention to the situation during this pandemic. This 6th Joint international conference was held online by the title “The 6th Joint International Webinar on Freedom and Responsibilities”.

The webinar was organized by inviting speakers from four different universities who presented their topics online. There were 11 speakers from four participating universities. They were Prof. Jawahir Thontowi, Ari Wibowo SH, S.H.I., M.H., Dr. Abdul Jamil and Dodik Setiawan, Ph.D as speakers from Islamic University of Indonesia. Dr. Beumhoo Jang, Yulio Iqbal, Galih Dwi Ramadhan, Malik Arslan and Fawad Mustafa as representatives from Youngsan University. Prof. Eddy Pratomo from Pancasila University, and Prof. Edy Lisdyono from University of 17 August 1945 Semarang.

Speakers were also came from various groups, they were lecturers and students. Yulio Iqbal and Galih Dwi were student speakers form Faculty of Law who currently taking a joint degree at Youngsan University. Both of them came from Indonesia, exactly they were alumnus from bachelor degree at Islamic University of Indonesia. Malik Arslan and Fawad Mustafa are also students speakers who are studying at Youngsan University, both from Pakistan. They presented the topic very well, look like lecturer speakers who had doctorates and professors.Speakers were presented different topics in this webinar. The combination of topics presented makes the webinar more interesting. Prof. Jawahir Thontowi attended the topic of Freedom of Human Rights and Discrimination which raised the conditions of human rights freedom in Indonesia and international. Dr. Abdul Jamil along with Dodik Setiawan, Ph.D. conveyed issue of the readiness of the justice system related to the existing pandemic under the title “The Readiness of E-Court System in Indonesia Post Covid-19”. Both of them said that e-court system was a good alternative to reduce physical contact between humans, especially in this pandemic condition. Ari Wibowo, S.H., S.H.I., M.H., shared his knowledge about The Restriction on the Right to Hold Opinions and Freedom of Expression in the Indonesian Context, this topics closely related to the recent condition of Indonesia where freedom of opinion was disrupted. Prof. Beumhoo Jang as a representative of Youngsan University brought the topic of Financial Disputes Settlement System in Korea and The U.K. Prof. Eddy Pratomo from Pancasila University firmly related the Legal Prespective: Freedom and Responsibility. Prof. Edy Lisdiyono discussed the Indonesian government’s policies related to the existence of a pandemic, by the title “Indonesian Government Legal Policies to Business Activities During the Corona Virus Pandemics”. The topic presented by the student speakers was interested too, Yulio Iqbal conveyed the Freedom of Academic, The Freedom of Speech of Academician Indonesia Case Study by raising the terror case of the Constitutional Law Professor in Indonesia lately. Galih Dwi Ramadhan discussed freedom in the world of technology with the title of presentation “Freedom and Responsibility of the Internet to Use Digital Image and Software Based on the Copyright Law Prespective”. Malik Arslan came with the topic “Impact of Covid-19 on Pakistan Domestic Industries and Regional Trade”, while Fawas Mustafa related the comparison of existing bank systems in Pakistan and other countries with the title presentation “Pakistan Banking Policies and International Banking Policies”.

All of speakers gave presentations in a very interesting, concise and clear manner so as to make the webinar held smoothly even though it was held online. The webinar was attended by around 50 participants from various different universities. Carried out for approximately two and a half hours, the webinar that was held successfully made the participants let go of each other long since the majority of participants who participated knew each other.

Since the World Health Organization (WHO) announced its pandemic status on 11 March 2020, Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) has become a major challenge that must be addressed and resolved by all countries in the world. The rapid spread and distributed of this virus has led to the death of a large number of infected victims. On the other hand, the impact caused by Covid-19 is like a domino effect that not only attacks one sector but almost all sectors related to the needs of humanity around the world.

Responding to the situation, the Base for International Law and ASEAN Legal Studies (BILALS) in collaboration with Faculty of Law, Universitas Islam Indonesia (UII) held an online seminar on “New Global Governance System Post-Covid-19 Pandemic” on Thursday, 14 May 2020. The seminar also invited speakers from different countries, including Dr. Da Lu (China), Cristopher Cason JD (United States), Dodik Setiawan Nur Heriyanto S.H., M.H., LL.M., Ph.D., Gemilang Nur Mahardika S.H., LL.M., and Yaries Mahardika Putro S.H. (Indonesia). The seminar, moderated by Haekal Al Asyari S.H, opened with remarks made by Dodik, as Director of BILALS. In his remarks, he said, “These conditions should not prevent us from continuing to learn and spreading benefits the community, and hopefully this seminar can bring new knowledge and experience to the wider community,” Dodik said.

As the first speaker, Dr. Da Lu presented the theme of the presentation in the form of “Chinese Perspective: Timeline of the Pandemic and WHO Communication during Post-Covid-19.” In his presentation, he explained the development of Covid-19 in China, particularly in Wuhan, where he lived. ‘Beginning on January 23, 2020, Wuhan officially adopted a lock-down policy for its citizens. This policy was adopted to break the chain of distribution of Covid-19 in Wuhan. However, the implementation of this policy has an impact on the cessation of the economic wheels in Wuhan during the lock-down period and also, from the point of view of the Constitutional, the implementation of the state of emergency is often a half-way point”.

With the spread of Covid-19 to all countries around the world, not a few countries around the world are trying to hold China liable for this situation. Such as the United States, a few time ago, the United States openly asked for compensation for the losses suffered as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak in the country. However, it is undeniably true that this stance is more politicized than the legal facts that arise. “The stance of the U.S. government is nothing more than a political stance, and if the law is examined, the evidence will not be found,” said Christopher Cason.

In addition, on the international trade issue, Covid-19 has an impact on international trade transactions and global investment. Restrictions and even the closure of the territory of a country have almost stopped the transaction process in these two sectors. Therefore, in order to overcome this, Gemilang suggested that “it is very necessary to take a firm stance in a situation like this. There are only two options available in this situation, that is, to keep implementing the international trade law regime with all its limitations or to create a new legal regime in the field of international trade in order to adapt to current conditions”.

 

As a next speaker, Yaries stated that “With the large number of infected and dead victims caused by the Covid-19 in Europe, the EU Government agreed to disburse large funds in order to prevent this case. The funds are allocated, among others, to the needs of medical equipment, support funds to Member States, funding of vaccine research and other activities to break the chain of spread of this virus in Europe, “said Yaries.

As a closing presentation, the Director of BILALS presented a presentation entitled “WHO Governance during Post-Covid-19.” He explained that “A health policy reform is needed at both the international and national levels from all aspects affected by Covid-19. Policy reforms include the imposition of sanctions, punishment and rewards for each party in order to improve compliance with the policy, increase collaboration and cooperation to prevent incidents such as this, and increase the transparency of information provided by the WHO to all its Member States so that the country’s alertness process in dealing with the similar cases may be as high as possible.’

A total of 453 registered participants came from different regions of Indonesia and abroad with different professional backgrounds, such as students, lecturers, academics, civil servants, judges, notaries and lawyers.

Innalillahi wa inna Illaihi raji’un

In the middle of pandemic outbreaks, the entire Civitas Academia of the Faculty of Law Universitas Islam Indonesia mourned the death of one of our alumnae. Anang Eko Priyono, well known as AE Priyono, has back to Allah. AE Priyono was former student of Faculty of Law UII. An honourable social activist, with his true idealism toward society. As an alumnae, may his path give great inspiration toward the younger students after him. Rest in Peace. May Allah give him Jannah.