Creating Clarity in International Commercial Contracts for Guaranteeing Legal Certainty in Indonesia

Koesrianti (2018) Creating Clarity in International Commercial Contracts for Guaranteeing Legal Certainty in Indonesia. Pertanika Jurnal of Social Sciences & Humanities, 26 (4). pp. 2883-2893. ISSN 2231-8534

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Abstract

The enforcement of the obligation to use the Indonesian language in international commercial contracts, which is a mandate from Act No. 24 of 2009 regarding the National Flag, Language, Coat of Arms, and Anthem, has become an issue and been brought to court. The Supreme Court finally decided in 2015 that an English language international commercial contract is void. The decision has provided clarity on the controversy after seven years of enforcing this obligation due to the lack of implementing a regulation that could further explain the phrase “must” in the provision of Article 31 of said law, which led to multiple interpretations among stakeholders. Although precedent is not recognized in Indonesia, this issue still brings uneasiness among investors, especially foreign ones. In facing this issue, this article discusses what steps must be taken by investors to avoid a lawsuit demanding the annulment of their foreign language contracts. Government Regulation 57/2014 (2014), as an ancillary of Act 24/2009, is silent on the use of the Indonesian language in international commercial contracts. This article therefore argues that a presidential decree to implement the regulation as mandated by Article 31 of Act 24 of 2009 should be enacted immediately to provide legal certainty to foreign investors who may have contracts with Indonesian private parties.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Act 24/2009; Indonesian Language; International Contract; Legal Certainty; Mandatory Rule
Subjects: K Law
K Law > K Law (General)
K Law > K Law (General) > K1-7720 Law in general. Comparative and uniform law. Jurisprudence > K109-110 Law societies. International bar associations
K Law > K Law (General) > K1-7720 Law in general. Comparative and uniform law. Jurisprudence > K7000-7720 Private international law. Conflict of laws
Divisions: 03. Fakultas Hukum > Hukum Internasional
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KoesriantiNIDN. 0008096201
Depositing User: Khusnul Latifah
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2019 06:16
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2019 06:16
URI: http://repository.unair.ac.id/id/eprint/88123
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