The International Association of Jurists for Maritime Delimitation in Timor Sea and in the Pacific Rim (IAJ-TGAP) based in The Hague, The Netherlands is happy to announce the convocation of a three-day International Conference on Indonesia’s Traditional Fishing Rights in Ashmore Reef & Cartier Islands (Gugusan Pulau Pasir) and Maritime Boundaries among Indonesia, Timor Leste and Australia in Timor Sea.
This is being done as part of the fulfilment of IAJ-TGAP goals:
· To ensure the maritime borderlines of the sovereign nations in the conflict area meets international standards.
· To guide the parties toward a peaceful and sustainable solution over maritime disputes.
· To ensure the environmental sustainability in the conflict area is protected.
Experts on International Law, Law of the Sea, Maritime Boundaries and Human Rights from The Netherlands, Indonesia, Australia, Timor Leste, United Kingdom, USA, Belgium, Netherlands and some other countries, Indigenous fishermen from Roti Island, representatives of NGOs, Civil Society Groups and Governmental agencies have been invited to participate in this important conference.
Keynote address will be presented by Dr. Mia Patty-Noach (Professor of History from Nusa Cendana University, Kupang-NTT, Indonesia) this will be followed by seven round-table meetings for two days. Topics to be discussed at the round table meetings range from maritime boundaries and resources, to rights of indigenous inhabitants and models for regional co-operation in disputed areas.
The conference will be held at Sanur Beach Hotel, Jalan Danau Tamblingan, P.O. BOX 3279 Denpasar 80032 Nusa Dua Bali Indonesia on 25-27 October 2007.
The Conference is supported byNetherlands Funding Agency IMPULSIS
The Implementation of the Conference
The conference will be held on 25-27 October 2007 in Denpasar – Bali, Indonesia. On the first day, a keynote speech will be presented as a general introduction to the problem. There will be seven round-table discussions on different aspects of the issues at stake among local and international experts, including experts from Australia and Timor Leste.
25 October Introduction
Reception of participants (accreditation, materials, etc.)
Opening Ceremony: Objectives of the Conference
1. Mr. Piet Tallo, SH (Governor of NTT Province, Indonesia)
2. Mr. Dewa Made Beratha (Governor of Bali Province, Indonesia)
3. Prof. Dr. I Made Bakta,Sp.PD (Rector of UDAYANA University, Bali, Indonesia)
4. Ms. Yetty Haning, MA, LLM (Jurists Commission’s Coordinator)
Keynote Speech: “Historical Overview of the Maritime Conflict in the Timor GAP and in Ashmore Reef & Cartier Islands”
Prof. Dr. Mia Patty-Noach, Prof. of History from Nusa Cendana University, Kupang-NTT, Indonesia
26 October First Session: Maritime issues in the Timor Sea
First Round Table.
Maritime Spaces and Resources in South East Asia
1. Attorney Mario E. Maderazo (The Philipine)
2. Prof. Dr. Alex. O. Elferink (NILOS, Netherlands)
3. Prof. Dr. Kusuma Admatja (ex. Indonesia Foreign Minister)
Second Round Table.
Marine Parks, Fisheries and Fishing Rights in the Timor Sea
1. Prof. Dr. Eduard Somers, (Dean of the Law School, Gent University, Belgium)
2. Timor Leste
3. Dr. Faizal Basri (Jakarta – Indonesia)
Third Round Table.
The delimitation agreements between Indonesia and Australia on Continental Shelf and Exclusive Economic Zone (before and after the independence of East Timor from Indonesia): a legal analysis.
1. Prof. Gayl Westerman, Pace Law School, USA
2. Prof. Dr. Hasjim Djalal (Jakarta – Indonesia)
3. Prof. Dr. Yohanes Usfunan (UNUD-Bali, Indonesia)
4. Mr. Jose Texeira (Ex. Minister of Natural Resources, Timor Leste)
Fourth Round Table.
Disputed maritime spaces: Models for regional cooperation, and prospects for re-evaluation and re-negotiation of maritime border lines of Indonesia, Timor Leste and Australia
1.Prof. Dr. N.J. Schrijver, Leiden University - Netherlands
2.Prof. Dr. Emil Salim (Ex. Indonesia’s Environmental Minister)
3.Toenggoel Siagian, MS,MED (Jakarta – Indonesia)
4. Thomas Freitas (Luta Hamutuk, Timor Leste)
Closing of the session
27 October Second Session: Sovereignty issues in and around the Timor Sea
First Round Table
Non-Australian Indigenous People and Australian Law in Ashmore Reef & Cartier Islands: Inadequacies of existing MOUs on fisheries of Rotinese fishermen and prospects for protection of their Human Rights
1. Philip Vincent (Barrister, Australia)
3. Dr. Yusuf Henuk (Kupang – NTT, Indonesia)
4. Lerry Mboeik (PIAR, Indonesia)
5. Peter Rohi (Java Post, Indonesia)
6. Hasan Zaili (Fisherman from Roti Island)
Second Round Table
Cooperation and conflict over territory in the island of Timor
1. Wollongong University (Australia)
2. George Junus Aditjondro – Indonesia
3. Deometrio Amaral (Haburas – Timor Leste)
4. Ferdi Tanoni (West Timor Care, Indonesia)
Third Round Table
Disputed islands and sovereignty in the Timor Sea: Towards a bilateral agreement between Indonesia and Australia on Ashmore Reef and Cartier island
1. Dr Vivian Louis Forbes (The University of Western Australia, Crawley)
2. Ze Luis (Yayasan Hak, Timor Leste)
Conclusions and Steps Ahead
Ms. Yetty Haning
International Association of Jurists for Maritime Delimitation for Timor Sea and the Pacific Rim (IAJ-TGAP)
2515 VP The Hague