Dr.Rina Shahrullah and Dr.Elza Syarief of Universitas Internasional Batam (UIB) presented their research paper in the Global Conference on Business and Social Sciences in Bangkok, Thailand on 4 December 2017. Dr. Shahrullah presented a research paper entitled Online Arbitration Awards In Indonesia: New Approaches With Old Challenges. Her research found that that the Indonesian Arbitration Legislation permits online arbitration because the IT Legislation facilitates the use of electronic communications and devices for this type of arbitration. Yet, the category of its awards may be vague. This is because Indonesia has not adopted the UNCITRAL Model Law. Consequently, the Legislation merely categorizes the online arbitration awards based on whether they are rendered in Indonesian territory (domestic awards) or outside Indonesia (international awards).
Dr. Elza Syarief’s paper entitled “Haven For Counterfeit International Branded Bags”: Challenges for Trademark Protection in Batam City, Indonesia. Her research found that counterfeit bags or KW bags have been legally imported to Batam City from China since 2005 because they have met all the required documents for import. Batam City polices have no authority to investigate the KW bags because a trademark infringement is qualified as a warrant complaint under the Trademark Law. It also found that most of customers have bought the KW bags because their cheaper price and their appearance is very much the same as the original ones. Yet, they mostly understand that the KW bags violate the Trademark Law and disadvantage the owner of the marks.