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The Secretary-General is the head of the Secretariat. He has custody of the seal and records of the Association. He attends and keeps minutes of all sessions and meetings of the Assembly and the Council.
The Secretary General may appoint such employees and agents of the Association as he deems desirable and prescribe their duties, such employees and agents to hold office at the pleasure of the Council; and may have such other functions and discharge such other duties as may from time to time be prescribed by the Council or the President.
The Secretary-General is a member of the Council ex-officio but does not have any voting right.
The Secretariat is the principal office of the Association. It is established and maintained at Jakarta or at any principal city in the ASEAN member countries as the Governing Council may designate.
Mr Swandy Halim, SH., MSc.
Mr Swandy Halim was elected Secretary General of the ASEAN Law Association (ALA) on 18 February 2012 at the 11th General Assembly held in Bali, Indonesia.
Mr Halim is the Founder and Managing Partner of Swandy Halim & Partners Law Firm. He has handled a wide array of litigation cases for clients in various industries mostly from the banking sector. His areas of expertise include Debt Recovery and Restructuring, Bankruptcy and Debt Moratorium and Commercial Litigation.
In the field of education, Mr Halim frequently speaks at various seminars and workshops held by financial institutions and universities. He currently serves as the Head of Continuing Education of the Indonesian Advocates Association (PERADI). He was also the founder of the Indonesian Receivers and Administrators Association (IKAPI).
Mr Halim has been involved in various law reform initiatives. He was appointed by the Indonesia Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs as a member of the delegation to the Conference on Enforcing Contracts organized by the Ministry of Justice of Korea under the auspices of APEC. He was also the resource person to the Indonesia Anticorruption and Commercial Court Enhancement (In-ACCE) established by USAID. Mr Halim was also involved in the review of several new drafts of Indonesia commercial laws.
Prior to his election as Secretary General, Mr Halim served as Vice Secretary of ALA Indonesia.