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LAWS5190 - Law and Society in Indonesia
Faculty of Law (Sydney Law School) - 6 credit points
HECS Band three
EFTSL: 0.125000000
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Department: Law
Offered session(s): 2
Prohibitions: LAWS3490
Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Simon Butt

Classes: 1 x 2-hr seminars/week for 10 weeks

Assessment: Take-home exam (30%) and 4000wd research essay (70%)

This unit introduces students to the Indonesian legal system. After providing background on Indonesian history, economics, politics, religions and cultures, the course examines aspects of the colonial legal system introduced by the Dutch and the Japanese before Indonesia's independence in 1945. We examine the legal systems that emerged during the 50 years of authoritarian rule of presidents Soekarno and Soeharto, focusing on human rights violations, subversion cases, subordination of the judiciary and the role of the military. We then consider the legal and constitutional reforms of the post-Soeharto period, which have made Indonesia the most democratic and decentralised country in Southeast Asia. The course concludes with several case studies, including the position of Islamic and customary law in Indonesia, the legal ramifications of decentralisation, human rights and the Constitutional Court, corruption, and doing business in Indonesia.
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