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Jakarta, Indonesia: The Environmental, Social, and Governance 2024 Student Forum with Handong Global University

Written by : Imelda Jo Anastasya



From the 8th to the 10th of January, Handong Global University (“HGU”) and Universitas Pelita Harapan (“UPH”) collaborated in the form of a 3-day Student Forum held in Jakarta, Indonesia. Dubbed the Environmental, Social, and Governance (“ESG”) 2024 Student Forum, this event involved representatives from four different student organizations: HGU’s 하나인 (Hanain) and Law Without Borders alongside UPH’s Business Law Student Community and International Law Moot Court Community. Participants were invited to engage in a thorough analysis of diverse issues, ranging from environmental sustainability to corporate responsibility for human rights. This was done to highlight the significance of ESG in the context of global business and law.

On its first day, the ESG 2024 Student Forum featured lectures from Dr. Susi Susantijo, Ms. Jerry Shalmont, and Professor Cho Hye Shin where they touched on topics like the ‘Human Rights Landscape in Indonesia,’ ‘Waste Management in Indonesia,’ and ‘Social Aspects of Korean Economic Law,’ respectively. Following that was lunch at Sate Khas Senayan where the students from HGU were introduced to Indonesian cuisine and bonded with those from UPH.

This event was honored by the presence of Dr. Atnike Nova Sigiro, M.Sc., the Head of the National Commission on Human Rights (“KOMNAS HAM”) on its second day, during which the students visited KOMNAS HAM. Addressing the party of 22, Dr. Atnike Nova Sigiro, M.Sc. introduced KOMNAS HAM as an independent institution that focuses on the protection and promotion of human rights, before passing the floor to Dr. Uli Parulian Sihombing, S.H., M.H. as the Komisioner Pemantauan dan Penyelidikan who explained about the state of human rights within Indonesia, as of 2023. The day concluded with lunch at Ashta District 8 and a stop at GrandLucky Superstore SCBD.

Finally, the third and last day was spent at Artotel Mangkuluhur Suites where students took turns, in groups, to present the research that they had diligently prepared from late November to early January. From the ‘History and Conflict of Disability Mobility Rights in Korea’s Precedents’ to ‘Producers’ Responsibility: Certification and Recycling Obligation,’ the scholarly discussions between the two institutions went off without a hitch. Time was also allocated for coffee tasting at Sohre Coffee, a café or brew bar owned by two UPH alumnus.

“Overall, the ESG 2024 Student Forum was an unforgettable experience that we will always cherish,” says Sheren, a first-year student in UPH, “It provided students with the opportunity to engage in significant global issues, and we were able to broaden our horizons and gain a deeper understanding of these important topics.”

“The ESG 2024 Student Forum was one of the best experiences of my life. Since it was my first time in Jakarta, I was a bit nervous. However, all the UPH students were kind, energetic people who welcomed us with a lot of enthusiasm,” adds Genesis, a final-year student from HGU, “The conference helped me to learn and expand my knowledge in various ESG topics. I wish I could visit UPH campus again in the future and get another chance to exchange knowledge with other law students.”

“The growing need for concrete steps to be taken to solve environmental and human rights issues globally is rapidly growing in urgency. During my visit to the UPH Faculty of Law for the 2024 ESG program, I gained a lot of new knowledge regarding Environmental Law and the Indonesian Constitution. The discussions regarding environmental and human rights issues in Indonesia have led me to curiosity and motivation to research more on the topic,” concludes Ariel, the person-in-charge of the event.

Through panel discussions and keynote addresses, it is clear that the ESG 2024 Student Forum has helped foster not only future-forward thinkers but also relationships that will last for a lifetime.

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