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WHAT WENT WRONG IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF INDONESIAN LAW?

By Dr Hikmahanto Juwana

Abstract
Indonesia since its independence has been reforming its laws. After the fall of Soeharto in 1998 and the rise of the reformasi movement, the reform has been intensified. Indonesian laws have been subject to a flood of amendments, repeals and new statutes. On paper, the reform movement has achieved significant success. Indonesia now has a legal regime more suited to a modern democratic market economy. However, Indonesia’s formalism has not yet been complemented by real reform of substance and many commentators now regard reformasi as having failed. Professor Hikmahanto’s presentation will spell out what went wrong with law reform in Indonesia.

About the Speaker
Dr Hikmahanto Juwana

Professor of Law at University of Indonesia and former Senior Legal Advisor to the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs. He received his LL.B from University of Indonesia (1987), LL.M from Keio University, Japan (1992) and Ph.D from University of Nottingham, UK (1997).

Prof. Dr. Hikmahanto Juwana is an economic law specialist at University of Indonesia. He studied law at UI (S.H.), Keio University, Japan (LLM) and the University of Nottingham, England (Ph.D.). He had practiced law in 1994-1997, mostly in a non-litigation matters, at the Law Firm of Lubis Ganie Surowidjojo, Jakarta. During 1999-2001 Prof. Juwana served as senior legal adviser to the Indonesian Coordinating Minister for the Economy. Currently apart from teaching, he is a member of the Ministry of Justice's Expert Council.


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