Access to Justice in Indonesia: How effective is the legal system in addressing land conflicts and natural resource management?

Before ‘access to justice’ became a UN sustainable development goal (no. 16), the Indonesian government had already adopted a ‘national strategy for Access to Justice’ (Stranas, in 2008) with the aim of boosting the accessibility of its legal system.

In this panel we discuss and evaluate the effectiveness of these reforms by presenting the results of various research projects on how common Indonesians deal with the legal system. Focusing particularly on conflicts and grievances related to land and natural resource management, we will discuss the role of Indonesian legal system in addressing these grievances. As the Netherlands and Indonesia have a longstanding cooperation in the field of the rule of law, we will also present and discuss the outcomes of a number of recent (research) collaborations in this field. The aim of the panel is to use this discussion of concrete cases to identify the main obstacles for strengthening access to justice in Indonesia, and how these might be addressed. To this end, we will combine short presentations (5 min) with an interactive discussion about these obstacles.

Yance Arizona

Yance Arizona Is a PhD researcher at Leiden University (van Vollenhoven Institute) and a former researcher at HuMa and Epistema Institute.

    Asep Yunan Firdaus

    Asep Yunan Firdaus is Director of Epistema Institute as well as a practicing lawyer. In these capacities, he has been involved in a range of projects related to Access to Justice in Indonesia.

      Siti Rahma Mary Herwati

      Siti Rahma Mary Herwati is co-chair for knowledge management at the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI) Jakarta. As director of Semarang’s legal aid institute, she handled many cases related to land grabbing and environment.


        Afrizal is a professor of Sociology at Andalas University, specializing in the study of land conflicts in Indonesia.

          Ward Berenschot

          Ward Berenschot is a professor in Comparative Political Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam, and researcher at KITLV Leiden, specializing in the study of politics and civil society in Indonesia and Indonesia. Together with Afrizal and Ahmad Dhiaulhaq, he coordinates the NWO-funded research project ‘Palm Oil Conflicts and Access to Justice in Indonesia’.

            Norman Jiwan

            Norman Jiwan is an associate at Forest Peoples Program and former director of Transformasi untuk Keadilan (TUK) Indonesia, an organization promoting social justice in the fields of agribusiness and natural resource management. He is a former program officer at Sawit Watch.

              Ahmad Dhiaulhaq

              Ahmad Dhiaulhaq is a postdoctoral researcher at KITLV Leiden. He received his PhD from Australian National University with a dissertation on the political economy of land conflict resolution in Indonesian forestry and palm oil, after having worked for RECOFTC—The Center for People and Forests.

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                  Wednesday 25, 2020 4:00 PM
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                  Wednesday 25, 2020 5:00 PM
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