Prof Dr Hasjim DJALAL
Senior Advisor to the Indonesian Minister for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries & Indonesian Naval Chief of Staff
Prof. Dr. Hasjim Djalal was born on February 25, 1934, in West Sumatra, obtained a BA degree from Indonesian Academy for Foreign Service in Jakarta (1956), M.A (1959) and Ph.D (1961), both from the University of Virginia. He graduated from the Indonesian National Defense Institute (LEMHANNAS) in 1971.
He was Director of Treaty and Legal Affairs of the Indonesian Department of Foreign Affairs (1976-1979) and Director General for Policy Planning (1985-1990). He has served at the Indonesian Embassies in Belgrade, Guinea (Africa), Singapore, Washington DC. and Ambassador/Deputy Permanent Representative of Indonesia to the UN in New York (1981-1983), Ambassador to Canada (1983-1985), Germany (1990-1993) and Ambassador at-large for the Law of the Sea and Maritime Affairs (1994-2000).
He participated fully in the Third UN Law of the Sea Conference (1973-1982) and in its implementation thereafter, as well as in other maritime activities, nationally, regionally and internationally until now.
He was President of the International Seabed Authority (ISBA) in Jamaica (1995, 1996), and currently serves as Chairman of the Finance Committee of the ISBA. Since 1989 he has been the initiator and convener of the Workshop Process on Managing Potential Conflicts in the South China Sea, and has been involved in development of maritime cooperation in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
Currently, he is a member of Indonesian Maritime Council, Senior Advisor to the Indonesian Minister for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, and to Indonesian Naval Chief of Staff, and lectures at universities and other high learning institutions in Indonesia.
He has written extensively on the Law of the Sea and Regional issues. His books include (1.) Indonesian Struggle for the Law of the Sea (1979), (2.) Indonesia and the Law of the Sea (1995), (3.) Indonesian Foreign Policy in the 1990s (1997), (4.) Preventive Diplomacy in South East Asia: Lessons Learned (2003), (5) Seeking Lasting Peace in Aceh (2006), and numerous articles in Indonesia and abroad.
He has received various awards, commendations and decorations for various services to his country, including Bintang Mahaputera Utama (the Greatest Son of the Country, First Class), the highest honor that can be bestowed by the Republic of Indonesia to its greatest sons and daughters.