Friday , 08 July 2011
Once again DR. Nasution’s outstanding contribution to human rights and access to justice in Indonesia were acknowledged internationally, whereby Melbourne University granted ‘Abang’ - a nickname for Mr. Adnan Buyung Nasution -, a prestigious Honorary Professor title.
Prof. Michael Crommelin, the Dean of the Melbourne Law School, said, “ Mr. Nasution had been granted the title due to his exceptional, courageous and consistent contribution to the development of rule of law in Indonesia over many decades “
DR. Adnan Buyung Nasution, in his formal Professorial inauguration on Wednesday, October 20, 2010, in Melbourne, gave his first lecture, entitled, “Towards Constitutional Democracy in Indonesia”. Currently, Prof. Nasution is a visiting lecture, who also supervises postgraduate and doctoral student thesis and dissertations at Melbourne Law School.
Prof. Nasution graduated from Faculty of Law, University of Indonesia in 1963. The founder of the Legal Aid and Human Rights Institute in 1970 , later accomplished his PhD degree from Rijksuniversiteit Utrecht, Netherlands in 1992, with a thesis, entitled, “ The Aspiration for Constitutional Government in Indonesia “ that was published in The Netherlands and became the classic text on Indonesian constitutional lecture.
Prior to his professorial appointment, Prof. Nasution had received International Awards for Legal Aid in Stockholm and London in 1976 and 1977. Following the fall of Soeharto and the beginning of democratization in Indonesia, Prof. Nasution received the Bintang Maha Putra of the Republic of Indonesia in 2000.