OPHI and HAM RI Discuss Montara Case with Students

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Students in public lecture on Montara Case (Photo: Special)

UNAIR NEWS – Airlangga Institute of International Law Studies (AIILS) cooperated with International Law Centre Authority Team (OPHI) and HAM RI held a public lecture on Maritime Law. Through Center for Maritime and Ocean Law Studies (MAROCLAW), the lecture discusses law enforcement and implementation on marine pollution caused by offshore oil exploration and exploitation.

“OPHI present this time to assist and coordinate with the Ministry of Environment, we support on the legal viewpoint,” said  Rachmadi, the head of International Law sub division OPHI.

In the event held in Pancasila Hall, FH UNAIR, OPHI Team Ministry of Law was also present to filter the input and information from the activists, academicians and NGOs to discuss Montara case. The observation result from the case between Indonesia and Australia will be discussed in the 103rd legal committee meeting in June 2016.

The case had problems on providing proofs for the case. Damages to underwater resources cannot be justified only by presenting the proof of destruction without showing the pollution from offshore oil exploration directly.

“Marine pollution by oil in Indonesia-Australia waters was halted by the proving itself as oil on the sea has already evaporated and vanished only left the proof of destruction underwater,” said Rahayu Lestari,  International Legal Dispute Analyst.

Publice lecture on Montara Case will be discussed further with the ministry and related institutions such as International Maritime Organization (IMO) Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Transportation, Ministry of Environment and many more to formulate draft guidance. (*)

Author : M. Ahalla Tsauro
Editor    : Nuri Hermawan

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