Elise and Walter A. Haas International Award Recipients

2016 Recipient — Todung Mulya Lubis LL.M. ’78, J.S.D.’90

Todung Mulya Lubis is the founder and senior partner of the law firm Lubis, Santosa & Maramis. He graduated from Faculty of Law, University of Indonesia in 1974 and completed post-graduate course at the Institute of American and International Law, Dallas in 1977. He obtained master’s degrees from Berkeley (1978) and Harvard (1988). In 1990 he earned a Doctor of Juridical Science degree from Berkeley. Lubis held an Indonesia Research Fellowship at Harvard’s Ash Center in 2013. “Recognized internationally and in his home country of Indonesia as a champion of human rights and the rule of law, he has upheld the fundamental values and aspirations of the University of California, with considerable courage and resilience,” says Melissa Murray, interim dean and Alexander F. and May T. Morrison Professor of Law at Berkeley.

Lubis is heavily engaged in corporate and commercial practice as well as high-profile litigation cases. Both The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers and The Asia Pacific Legal 500 have named him as a leader in dispute resolution in Indonesia. He is a member of the Indonesian Bar Association, Association of Capital Market Legal Consultants, and International Bar Association.

In addition to his professional activities, Lubis lectures on law-related subjects in the Faculty of Law University of Indonesia, Jakarta; Faculty of Economics University of Indonesia, Jakarta; and Faculty of Law Atmajaya University, Yogyakarta. In 2014 he was appointed as an honorary professor at the Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne, Australia; and he obtained Doctor Honoris Causa from Murdoch University, Perth, Australia in 2015. A prolific writer, Lubis has published law books, hundreds of articles in legal and other publications, and a collection of poems.

His work with human rights, action against corruption, legal reform, and legal development has been recognized by national and international NGOs. “His commitment to this field began early,” says Murray, who nominated Lubis for this award. “Even as a law student, Lubis was a key figure in one of the first modern human rights proceedings during the Soeharto Era, a dispute over a notorious mining project that would have removed agricultural smallholders from their properties and from their villages without consultation or adequate compensation while also risking the despoliation of critical natural environments. This challenge to the dominant authoritarian paradigm privileging private economic development over traditional rights became an important message not only to national but also global institutions such as the World Bank that had not yet comprehended the need for democratic consideration of these dilemmas.” Currently, Lubis serves as Chairman of the Board of Amnesty International-Indonesia.

Previous Recipients

Sir Colin Blakemore Ph.D. ’68, Professor of Neuroscience and Philosophy, Director of the Centre for the Study of the Senses at the School of Advanced Study, University of London — 2015
Patrick Awuah, Founder and President of Ashesi University — 2014
Andrés Roemer, Diplomat, Writer, Philanthropist, and one of Mexico’s most internationally recognized public intellectuals — 2013
Xiulan Zhang, Social Policy Expert, Founder of Beijing Normal University’s Institute of Social Development and Public Policy, China — 2012
Yuan Tseh “Y.T.” Lee, Nobel Laureate, academician, educational reformer, statesman, Taiwan — 2011
Josephine Namboze, champion of public health research, practice, and education in Africa — 2010
Reynato S. Puno, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines — 2009
Mario Bergara, President of the Central Bank of Uruguay — 2008
Marcos Espinal, Executive Secretary of the Stop TB Partnership — 2007
Dr. Mu Sochua, Secretary General, Sam Rainsy Party, Cambodia — 2006
Dr. Juree Vichit-Vadakan, National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA), Thailand — 2005
David Harrison, CEO loveLife, South Africa — 2004
Norman Myers, Environmental Scientist, United Kingdom — 2003
Dr. Dorodjatun Kuntjoro-Jakti, Economic Minister of Indonesia — 2002
Miguel Angel Rodríguez Echeverría, President of Costa Rica — 2001
Zivorad I. Kovacevic, Ambassador of Yugoslavia to the United States — 2000
Dr. Urvashi Malhotra Sahni, Educator and Education Reform Advocate, India — 1999
Dr. Ahmed Ahmed Goueli, Minister of Trade and Supply Arab Republic of Egypt — 1998
Laura Castillo de Gurfinkel, Minister of Education, Venezuela — 1997
Venkataram Ramakrishna, Director, South East Asia Regional Bureau for the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (iuhpe) — 1996
James C. Y. Soong, Governor, Taiwan Provincial Government, Republic of China — 1995
Han Sung-Joo, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea — 1994
Hans-Peter Duerr, Chairman of the Directorate of the Max Planck Institute for Physics, Munich, Germany — 1993
Mohamed Alshaikh, Minister of Urban and Rural Affairs, Saudi Arabia — 1992
Julius G. Kiano, Chairman, Kenya Broadcasting Corporation and former assemblyman, Kenya National Assembly, 1963—79 — 1989
Hans Hollein, Internationally acclaimed architect, Vienna, Austria — 1988
Joon Lew, Director, World Vision Leprosy Research and Treatment Center, Seoul, Korea — 1986
Allan Gotlieb, Ambassador of Canada to the United States — 1985
Widjojo Nitisastro, Former Minister of State for Economic, Financial, and Industrial Affairs of Indonesia — 1984
Yoash Vaadia, Vice President, Finance and Administration, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel — 1983
Choong Kun Cho, Executive Vice President, Korean Air Lines — 1982
Kuang Tou Chang, Vice President, Tsinghua University, Beijing — 1981
Kenneth D. Taylor, Ambassador of Canada to Iran — 1980
Joao Baptista Pinheiro, Ambassador of Brazil to the United States — 1979
Sadako Ogata, Minister of Japan to the United Nations — 1978
Menahem Rebhun, Head, Division of Environmental Engineering Laboratories and Research Centers, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology — 1977
Haraldur Kroyer, Ambassador of Iceland to the United States — 1976
Haakon Wexelsen, President and Professor, University of Agriculture, Aas, Norway — 1975
Choh-Ming Li, Vice Chancellor and founding Chief Executive of the Chinese University of Hong Kong — 1974
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan — 1973
Garegin Saroukhanian, Adviser to the Ministry of Health for Health Planning and Training, Iran — 1972
John J. Akar, Ambassador of Sierra Leone to the United States — 1971
Sun Fo, President of Examination Yuan, and one of the framers of the Constitution of the Republic of China — 1970
Mario E. G. Bancora, Director of the Atomic Energy Commission, Argentina — 1969
George K. Togasaki, Japanese businessman, civic leader, and President of Rotary International — 1968
Galo Plaza, Former President of Ecuador and United Nations diplomat — 1967
Abdul Majid, Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States — 1966