In January – February 2023, ACICIS welcomed 31 students onto ACICIS Law Professional Practicum (LPP). The student came from Australian National University (ANU), Griffith University, Monash University, Murdoch University, University of Western Australia (UWA), University of Technology Sydney (UTS), University of New South Wales (UNSW), Western Sydney University, The University of Sydney, and Deakin University. Around 30 students completed the LPP with the support of the New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant.

LPP students took two weeks of language classes hosted by Atma Jaya Catholic University and various academic program activities consisting of law-related seminar sessions and field trips. With the help of high-profile government officials, academics and practitioners, the seminar gave students a glimpse of Indonesian law and how it’s being practised in Indonesia to prepare them for their placements. The academic seminar covers various topics, including current legal issues, implementing the new civil code, law in practice and ongoing case studies in Indonesia.

The LPP students also have an opportunity to visit the Constitutional Court of Indonesia/Mahkamah Konstitusi Republik Indonesia. They started with the presentation of the Constitutional Court’s history, function and role, and current issues with the regulation or law-making in Indonesia. Students also had a chance to look inside the Centre of the Constitutional History/Pusat Sejarah Konstitusi, guided by the staff. For the second field trip of the program, the LPP cohort visited LP Cipinang, one of the largest correctional facilities in Jakarta. Accompanied by the head of the Correctional Facility, students got a valuable insight into how’s correctional facility operates in Indonesia whilst given a tour inside the Facility. Alongside with that, students also partake in hand painted batik class where they can take it as a souvenirs.

Following the academic period, LPP students commenced their four-week placement in their assigned host organisation. ACICIS Collaborated with 15 Host organisations, ranging from Government Institution, NGOs and Law firms. These organisations are APINTLAW, AYMP, BE Partners, FIHRRST, Indonesia for Global Justice (IGJ), Indonesia Conference on Religion and Peace (ICRP), KARIM Consulting Indonesia, Komisi untuk Orang Hilang dan Kekerasan (KontraS), LBH Masyarakat, Mahkamah Konstitusi Republik Indonesia, Migrant CARE, Muhtar Halim and Partners (MHP), Soemadipradja & Taher (S&T Law Firm) and SUAKA. Experienced mentors supervise students in their field during the placement period.  

The Professional Practicum Program concluded with a closing ceremony at Atma Jaya University. All of the students and organisation representatives also had a chance to share their experiences and remarks about the program. We would like to congratulate the 31 LPP students for their incredible work and effort in the program. We hope the journey does not end here and we wish all the best for the students in the future.