- Coupright Page
- Table of Cases
- Table of Legislation
- List of Contributors
- Asia’s Ambivalence about International Law
- Regional Organizations
- Asia in the History and Theory of International Law
- Regional Peace and Security
- Human Rights
- International Humanitarian Law and International Criminal Law
- International Environmental Law
- Law of the Sea and Asian States
- International Economic Law and Asia
- International Dispute Settlement
- South Korea
- The Philippines
- Viet Nam
- Sri Lanka
- Central Asian States
- South Pacific Island States
- New Zealand
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter looks at international law in Indonesia. From the beginning of its establishment as a state, alongside the formation of the Indonesian government, Indonesia has committed itself to participating on the international stage. Paragraph 4 of the Preamble of the Constitution of the Republic of Indonesia 1945 shows such commitment. Indonesia’s role in the Bandung Conference of 1955 is another pivotal point to consider since Indonesia was one of the initiators of the Conference. Nevertheless, the development of international law in Indonesia is not merely about the 1945 Constitution and the Bandung Conference. It is also about Indonesia advancing its interests at the international level and making its voice count. In doing so, however, Indonesia has not been free from politics. Indonesia uses international law as a political instrument to pursue its interests; and other countries likewise use international law to advance their interests towards Indonesia.
Hikmahanto Juwana is Professor of International Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia.
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