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Indonesian Law - JURD7539
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Faculty: Faculty of Law
School:  School of Law
Course Outline: See below
Campus: Kensington Campus
Career: Postgraduate
Units of Credit: 6
EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)
Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 3
Excluded: LAWS3139
Fee Band:   (more info)
Further Information: See Class Timetable


The course provides an introduction to the Indonesian legal system: its modern form based in civil law and implications for legal pluralism that arise from co-existing religious law and Adat law (or customary) law. Recent developments and reforms in Indonesian law, focussing on the responses to political, social and cultural change since 1997, will be considered. The course will take a thematic approach by looking at constitutional and human rights law, changes brought by decentralisation, Indonesian law making style and form, and the functioning of the court system. Legal subject areas covered will include natural resources management and environmental law, land law, investment law, commercial law, and the law of personal status.

Recommended Prior Knowledge


Course Objectives

A candidate who has successfully completed this course should be able to:
  • identify the components of the Indonesian legal system;
  • understand the operation of and tensions within a pluralist legal system in a developing country;
  • analyse and evaluate effectiveness of legal regulation in substantive subject areas.

Main Topics

  • Sources of Indonesian law: civil law, Adat, religious law
  • Constitutional arrangements (including implications of decentralisation)
  • Law-making in Indonesia
  • Courts in Indonesia
  • natural resources management
  • environmental law
  • land law
  • investment law
  • commercial law
  • law of personal status


Class participation: 20%

Seminar presentation: 20%

Research essay (3,000 words): 60%

Course Texts

Course materials provided prior to commencement.


  • T Lindsay (ed) Indonesia: Law and Society (2nd ed, 2008, Federation Press)


Refer to the course outline which will be provided by the lecturer at the beginning of the relevant semester.

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