"The Hoge Raad (Netherlands Supreme Court) is very keen to cooperate with the Indonesian judicial institutions to strengthen national and international laws," the Netherlands Supreme Courts President, Maarten Feteris, said after delivering his public lecture at The Erasmus Huis here on Tuesday.
The cooperation would fall in the framework of the Judicial Sector Support Program (JSSP) established in 2014 and kicked off in The Hague, where about one hundred law practitioners from both countries met and shared their experiences.
Feteris pointed out that Indonesia, as the third largest democratic nation in the world, is also a strong state with rule of law, comparing well with other nations in the Southeast Asian region.
"We want to collaborate and exchange experiences when it comes to values of humanity and tolerance," he underlined.
The Netherlands JSSP delegation had been in Jakarta for two weeks, discussing the future of bilateral law cooperation with Indonesian counterparts.
In his lecture, Feteris underscored the importance of the independence of judiciary and impartial administration of justice.
The administration of justice also affects the legislative power as the court interprets the law, and as a consequence of decisions in specific cases, shapes up the law passed by the legislature.
In addition, Feteris explained that while passing legislation in the light of rules of a higher order, such as international treaties, the court also checks the legitimacy of legislative measures.
"Here, too, we see prime example of checks and balances in the work of the judge," he elaborated.
The public lecture was attended by officials from the Indonesian Supreme Court, Attorney Generals Office and Judicial Commission, as well as some students of law schools in Jakarta. (*)