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The President is elected at the General Assembly and holds office upon his election until the election of his successor at the next General Assembly.
The President acts as Chairman at all sessions of the Assembly and the Council. As the chief executive, he exercises general supervision over all ALA activities and ensures that the resolutions of the Assembly or the Council are implemented. He also performs such other duties and functions as the Council and the Assembly may determine or delegate.
Chief Justice Dr. M. Hatta Ali, SH., MH.
The Honourable Chief Justice Dr. M. Hatta Ali was elected President of the ASEAN Law Association (ALA) on 18 February 2012 at the 11th General Assembly held in Bali, Indonesia.
Dr. M. Hatta Ali was sworn in as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Indonesia on March 1st, 2012. He has over thirty years of experience as a Judge at numerous District Courts and High Courts throughout Indonesia. He started his career as a civil servant in the Office of Ministry of Justice in 1978. In 1982, he served as a candidate for Judge in the District Court of North Jakarta. He was subsequently appointed a Judge in the District Court of Sabang in 1984 and later promoted as the Head of several District Courts in Indonesia: the District Court of Bitung (1996-1998), the District Court of Manado (2000-2001) and the District Court of Tangerang (2001-2003). In 2003, he was promoted to Appeal Judge at the High Court of Appeal in Denpasar, Bali. He subsequently served as Secretary to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (2004-2005), and as the Director General of Judicial Affairs (2005-2007). He was elected a Justice of the Supreme Court in 2007 and then promoted to Deputy Chief Justice in charge of Supervision in 2009.