Pre-orders now available: The Politics of Court Reform: Judicial Change and Legal Culture in Indonesia

Cambridge University Press will soon publish “The Politics of Court Reform: Judicial Change and Legal Culture in Indonesia”. In this volume, experts on Indonesian law and courts reflect on the growth and changes in the role and function of courts in Indonesia. Indonesia’s judiciary is a critical part of its democratic system. Since the transitionContinue reading “Pre-orders now available: The Politics of Court Reform: Judicial Change and Legal Culture in Indonesia”

The Law & Politics of Elections in Indonesia: Possibilities, Prospects, Challenges

Workshop on the Law and Politics of Elections in IndonesiaThe world’s third largest democracy, Indonesia, is preparing to go to the polls once again. On 17 April 2019, Indonesian’s will vote in the next national legislative and presidential elections. This is the first time that parliamentary and presidential elections will be held on the same day.Continue reading “The Law & Politics of Elections in Indonesia: Possibilities, Prospects, Challenges”

Re-reading Dan S Lev on the politics of Indonesian courts

At UNSW Law we are taking time to re-read the work of the late political scientists and Indonesian law scholar, Professor Dan S Lev. The reading group will run over the following week Wednesday 9th May 12pm Daniel S Lev, ‘Judicial Institutions and Legal Culture in Indonesia’, in Claire Holt, Culture and Politics in Indonesia. (2007, EquinoxContinue reading “Re-reading Dan S Lev on the politics of Indonesian courts”

Religion, Politics and Law: Blasphemy in Indonesia

Indonesia’s blasphemy legislation gained global attention during the trial of former Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama in 2017. But apart from Ahok, many other Indonesians have also faced blasphemy charges in recent years, even though the constitutionality of the law has been challenged repeatedly. Why is blasphemy such a serious offence in Indonesia? WhatContinue reading “Religion, Politics and Law: Blasphemy in Indonesia”

Courts, Power and Legal Process in Indonesia

This workshop on “Courts, Power and Legal Process in Indonesia” will reflect on the growth in the role and function of courts in Indonesia. 20 years on from Indonesia’s democratic transition, there has not yet been a thorough analysis of how and why Indonesia’s courts have changed, and what this says about power and legalContinue reading “Courts, Power and Legal Process in Indonesia”

The Politics of Courts and Legal Culture

Law and Society Association Panel 2018 Panel Title: The Politics of Courts and Legal Culture: Indonesia’s Judiciary and the Legacy of Dan S Lev On Friday 8 June, as part of the Law and Society Association Annual conference, I am looking forward to being part of this panel on the politics of courts and legalContinue reading “The Politics of Courts and Legal Culture”

UNSW Southeast Asia Events

A Review of 2017Looking back on 2017, its been a busy year for UNSW Law and its events in/at/on Southeast Asia. Here’s a brief overview: JanuaryFaculty member, Co-teaching Stream on ‘Law and Society in Southeast Asia’, Harvard Law School’s Institute for Global Law & Policy Workshop, 5-12 January, Bangkok, Thailand. FebruaryLecturer, Course on Principles and Processes ofContinue reading “UNSW Southeast Asia Events”

Seminar at Jentera Law School

On 2 November 2017 I visited Jentera Law School, a new law school that began in 2014 based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Jentera Law School has a young and vibrant faculty with strong connections to key law reform and policy institutes, including the Centre for the Study of Law and Policy (PSHK), Hukumonline, and the Daniel SContinue reading “Seminar at Jentera Law School”

Electoral Complaints and Accountability in Indonesia: The Challenge of Resolving Electoral Disputes

On  22 August 2017, we will be holding a workshop on “Electoral Complaints and Accountability in Indonesia: The Challenge of Resolving Electoral Disputes” in Jakarta, Indonesia. There are multiple institutions that deal with complaints concerning electoral processes in Indonesia. This workshop will focus on two of these institutions – the Indonesian Election Supervision Board (Bawaslu) andContinue reading “Electoral Complaints and Accountability in Indonesia: The Challenge of Resolving Electoral Disputes”

Just published: Emergency Powers in Indonesia

The exercise of emergency powers is always controversial. in a new article “The Expansion of Emergency Powers”, I identify the expansion of the type and scope of emergency powers through legislative reform. I examine the Indonesian Law on Social Conflict 2012, which allows a state of social conflict to be declared at the national, regionalContinue reading “Just published: Emergency Powers in Indonesia”