Indonesian Take on Alternative Dispute Settlements Part Five: Can Foreign Counsel Represent Parties in an Arbitration in Indonesia?

The involvement of foreign counsel in arbitration in Indonesia is inevitable as arbitration grows increasingly popular in the country. Indonesian Law No. 18 of 2009 on Advocate (“Advocate Law”) specifically deals with foreign counsel’s involvement in proceeding litigation and establishing legal service or representative office in Indonesia. But what about their involvement in arbitration? Does Law No. 30 of 1999 on Arbitration Law and Dispute Resolution (“Arbitration Law”) regulate the practice of foreign counsel in Indonesia? What do Indonesian arbitration institutions say about foreign counsel’s representation? Our brief note on the matter will hopefully shed some light on the law and practice of foreign counsels in Indonesian Arbitration.