Humas (19/07) | Life will be so short when we only decide to stay in our comfort zone, play safe behind the door and hide under the table. But then we will know how wet the rain is and how hot the sun is when we decide to say bye to home and say hello to new world.
I was studying in Erasmus School of Law as exchange student from the end of December until middle of July. Go exchange, for sure, is a big deal but it is totally worth it. In this program, I was able to join three blocks with some courses. My first course was Company Law and Restructuring. In this subject, I was focused on the process and legal consequences on company legal merger and takeover. Not only the legal part, this course also discussed about the tax effect after the legal merger and also the relation of parent and subsidiary company located in different countries. I learned the procedure and calculation on some tax deduction methods, which was totally new for me. The most exciting part from this course is the economic part, which was about how to calculate economic value of the company such as net present value and synergy after the takeover or the legal merger. It was the first time, as law student, come back again on formulas and table as if we are still science student in high school. It can be said that this course is the hardest course I have ever taken during my exchange but for sure, the most exciting one.
On the second block, I was able to take two courses in the same time. First, I was taking International Economic Law subject which focus on WTO and International investment. Actually, that was not really new for me since during my study in Airlangga, some lectures have discussed this. But the course was slightly different from the one I got in Indonesia because it was not only theoretical and textbook, but also case and practical issues. I had done two big projects in this course, which are presenting case about Tecnicas Medioambientales Tecmed S.A. V. United Mexican States and also representing Indonesia in Moot Court between Indonesia and Australia concerning Plain Tobacco Act Case. Those projects taught me a lot how to deal practically with the cases and also of course, workgroup with new friends who basically have different backgrounds.
The second course was Maritime Casualties, which discuss about vessels accident and its casualties. That was the first and only maritime subject I took during my exchange. During my study, I was able to join the visit at World Port Centre Rotterdam to attend some lectures focusing on Port State Control. The subject matters were completely new and apart from any maritime subject I took in Airlangga. This was more complex, deal with the procedure in refuge the vessel in distress, the insurance, the control of the states and of course, the calculation on limiting the liability of the parties.
The last block, I took Intellectual Property Right course. During the course, it was focus on European intellectual property right harmonization. Furthermore, I was also able to visit the best Law Firm in the Netherlands – De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, since my professor is senior lawyer on there. The visit is aimed to introduce real life of lawyers to student and the professor also gave the student a real case to be discussed as the moot court case during the visit.
Besides activity in University, I had opportunity to join volunteer event with elderly people together with Rotterdam Care. It was such a great experience to help elderly to have a walk with wheelchair and talked with them about life and experience.
Living far away for home of course gives a lot of consequences, but for sure there is always something good to learn and this experience is unforgettable.
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