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Law and Governance in Indonesia


Admission requirements

This course is suitable for 2nd and 3rd year students in Law, Social Sciences, Public Administration, History, Arts. Non-Law students should be willing to familiarise themselves with the outlines of law.


Since the demise of President Suharto in 1998, Indonesia has made significant steps towards more rule of law and democracy. Human rights have been introduced, a constitutional court has been established, Indonesians now directly elect their president and a sweeping programme of decentralisation has been implemented.

In spite of these positive achievements, the country faces serious difficulties in making the new system work. In this context it has to deal with its history of colonial and authoritarian rule, corruption, the heritage of legal pluralism and the rising influence of Islam. These issues are far from unique to Indonesia, and the materials taught in the course are therefore also useful to those who do not take a special interest in this country.

The course discusses the evolution of Indonesian law and governance since colonial times. At the end of the course students will have gained both a theoretical understanding of the problems and challenges faced by the Indonesian legal system, and a basic knowledge of Indonesian constitutional, administrative, civil, and criminal law.
Students are expected to prepare well for classes, which combine lecturing, student presentations, class discussions and assignments.

Course objectives

Objectives of the course:

  • To be announced

Achievement levels:
The following achievement levels apply with regard to the course:

  • To be announced


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Mode of instruction


  • Number of (2 hour) lectures: 6

  • Names of lecturers: Dr. A.W. Bedner

  • Required preparation by students:


  • Number of (2 hour) seminars: 4

  • Names of instructors: Dr. A.W. Bedner

  • Required preparation by students: students will have to prepare a weekly assignment, ranging from written essays to oral presentations

Assessment method

Examination form(s)

  • Written exam

  • Oral presentation

Areas to be tested within the exam
The examination syllabus consists of the required reading (literature) for the course, the course information guide and the subjects taught in the lectures, the seminars and all other instructions which are part of the course.


More information on this course is offered in Blackboard.

Reading list

Obligatory course materials


  • Reader, available at Onderwijsmaterialen (KOG, room A.045)

Recommended course materials:

  • To be announced


Students have to register for courses and exams through uSis.

Contact details

  • Coordinator: Dr. A.W. Bedner

  • Work address: KOG, room B3.13

  • Contact information: By appointment through email

  • Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 7252

  • E-mail:


  • Institution: Meta Juridica / Jurisprudence

  • Division: Van Vollenhoven Instituut

  • Room number secretariat: KOG, room B3.13

  • Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 9:00-12:30 and 13:30-16:00

  • Telephone number secretariat: +31 (0)71-527 7769

  • E-mail: