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Dr. Arif Havas Oegroseno

Dr. Arif Havas Oegroseno

Deputy Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs and Resources of Indonesia. Indonesian Ambassador to the EU (2010 -2015).

Dr. Arif Havas Oegroseno is currently Deputy Minister of the Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia. He was the President of the 20th Meeting of the 162 State Parties to the UN Convention of the Law of the Sea (SPLOS). He was the Indonesian Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg, the European Union and the World Custom Union from September 2010 to January 2015.

He was born in Semarang, Indonesia in 1963. He is married to Sartika. He also worked with the NATO on maritime security issues. A career diplomat and an expert in international law of the sea, he has served in the Indonesian Foreign Service for over 25 years since 1986.

Ambassador Oegroseno graduated LLM from Harvard Law School in 1992 and SH (Bachelor of Law) from the Faculty of Law, Diponegoro University, Indonesia in 1986. He majored in international public law. He attended junior (1987), mid-level (1999), senior (2003) foreign service training at the Center for Education and Training of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Indonesia; the Australian Foreign Service Course (1988); and the international trade course of the World Bank-Harvard Institute for International Development in Colorado (1990).

He participated in the Executive Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School (2007) and on Boundary Making at the International Boundary Research Unit (IBRU) of Durham University (2006). He has given lectures in various Indonesian and foreign universities such as the Australian National University, Cambridge University, John Hopkins University, the London School of Economics, Bilgi University in Istanbul, and the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium.

He has also given lectures at the Rhodes Academy of International Law of the Sea in Greece, the International Maritime Law Institute in Malta, the Center for Ocean Law and Policy of the Virginia University in the US, and the Center for International Law of the National University of Singapore.

Professional Experience In March 2010, he was nominated by the President of Indonesia as the Indonesian Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg, the European Union and the World Customs Union. His nomination was confirmed by the Indonesian House of Representatives during a Foreign Affairs Committee.

Hearing in May 2010. His priorities in Brussels were implementing the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between Indonesia and the EU, Arif Havas Oegroseno is currently Deputy Minister of the Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia. He was the President of the 20th Meeting of the 162 State Parties to the UN Convention of the Law of the Sea (SPLOS). He was the Indonesian Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg, the European Union and the World Custom Union from September 2010 to January 2015 He was born in Semarang, Indonesia in 1963. He is married to Sartika Oegroseno; they are blessed with two children which was very comprehensive, and included maritime and fisheries issues. He also engaged the NATO on piracy in Somalia and on counter-terrorism. In June 2010, he was elected President of the 20th Meeting of the 162 State Parties to the UN Convention of the Law of the Sea (SPLOS).

In 2008, he was appointed by the President of Indonesia as DirectorGeneral for Law and International Treatises at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The position of Director-General is a first-echelon assignment with the most senior rank in the Indonesian public service system. In this capacity, he was assigned as Chief Negotiator for a number of strategic matters, such as maritime boundaries; extradition and mutual legal assistance; security, defense and counter-terrorism; trade and bilateral investment agreements; intellectual property rights; drafting of the ASEAN Charter, the Privileges and Immunities of the ASEAN Secretariat and Protocol to the Dispute Settlement Mechanism of the ASEAN Charter. In 2003, he was appointed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs as Director for Security, Political and Territorial Treatises. His responsibilities included overseeing all negotiations toward bilateral, regional and multilateral agreements in which Indonesian interests on security, political and territorial affairs are directly involved.

From 1993 to 1997, he was posted as Third Secretary to the Indonesian Mission to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva. His tasks were related to human rights issues. From 1999 to 2003, he was posted as First Secretary to the Indonesian Embassy in Lisbon. This was a critical posting as its main mission was to reopen diplomatic relations between Indonesia and Portugal, whichhad been frozen since 1975. He reopened the Embassy at a time when Indonesia was suffering the brunt of the Asian Crisis of 1998 and the controversy over East Timor was at its height in 1999. He was a member of various national task forces relating to the implementation of UNCLOS 1982.

He was also member of such other ad hoc bodies as the Task Force for Foreign Recovery of Corruptly Obtained Assets; and served as Chief of the Legal Defense Team in the Antitrust Litigation by American Companies with the OPEC and the Indonesian Government; he was a member of the National Intellectualn Property Rights Task Force; and the Fact-Finding Team on the Death of an Indonesian Human Rights Activist. He was the lead official in the Indonesian preparations for hosting the 2nd State Parties Meeting of the United Nations Convention against Corruption, and also the implementation of World Bank-United Nations Stolen Assets Recovery Initiative.


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