Muhammad Taufan is a PhD Candidate in Flinders University, School of Law. He is one of the Scholarship Program for Strengthening the Reforming Institution (SPIRIT’s) awardees from Indonesian Government in 2012. Taufan undertakes research concerning international and domestic legal perspectives on petroleum operations through rigs, pipelines and ships in Indonesian waters. Prior to commence his doctoral research, Taufan has completed his Master of Laws degree on a Nippon Foundation scholarship from the IMO-International Maritime Law Institute in Malta; Master of Science in the field of National Resilience Studies from the University of Indonesia, and Bachelor of Laws from Diponegoro University in Semarang, Indonesia.
Back in Indonesia, Taufan is an official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 2009 and has been assigned to a number of international meetings and negotiations as a part of Indonesian delegation. These are including Conference of States Parties, Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague (2009); International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Assembly, 37th Session in Montreal, (2010), and several maritime boundaries negotiations with neighbour countries such as Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam (2010-2012).
Thus, some of Taufan’s experiences in Australia, both in academic and social fields, are: member of Australia and New Zealand Society of International Law (ANZSIL) from 2013-2014; speaker at various Conferences on international law in numbers of Australian Universities; national vice president of Indonesian Student Association in Australia (PPIA) from 2014 to 2015; Director of Volunteer at the INDOfest 2014, and member of Indonesian traditional art and cultural groups.