Indonesia's Maritime Governance: Law, Institutions and Cooperation



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Ikrami, H. & Bernard, L. (2018). Indonesia's Maritime Governance: Law, Institutions and Cooperation. Korean Journal of International and Comparative Law, 6 (2), 134-171.


Since President Joko Widodo took office in 2014, he has placed maritime governance at the top of his agenda, as evidenced by the introduction of his vision on Indonesia as a 'global maritime fulcrum'. This article discusses how his administration has been working towards such a goal. First, it provides an overview of Indonesian laws related to maritime governance. Second, it looks at the institutions responsible for administering, enforcing, and/or applying those laws and how they have been performing their functions. Third, it explores how those institutions cooperate with external parties in four areas of Indonesia's major interest at present: maritime security; safety of navigation; protection of the marine environment; and illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing. Lastly, this article also discusses the challenges faced by the State in governing its maritime affairs and offers suggestions for a better maritime governance.

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