Peace, justice and strong institutions : from knowledge to practice through strengthening legal education

How to stimulate that the knowledge generated in international research cooperation reaches the lecturers and students at local Indonesian universities?

That’s a driving question in the current Indonesia – Netherlands cooperation between the Van Vollenhoven Institute (Leiden University) and Indonesian universities, after we have had a series of research and capacity building projects together.

Meanwhile in less developed parts of Indonesia university lecturers would like to improve their courses and teaching skills to face the demands on education from Indonesian society at present, but they lack sufficient input for such innovations.

In the  NUFFIC OKP project  “Strengthening legal education in Eastern Indonesia (SLEEI)”  VVI and the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) cooperate with mid-career lecturers of Indonesian top universities, who act as trainers in tailor-made  workshops for universities in Ambon, Mataram, Kupang en Waingapu.  ( The trainers successfully transformed the local workshops in hybrid live -online sessions (due to COVID-19 measures).

SLEEI’s themes are legal skills (critical analysis), ethics and law, gender and law, local context, and interactive teaching methods. SLEEI’s objectives address  SDGs 4. Quality education, 5. Gender equality, and 16. Peace, justice and strong institutions.

This WINNER session will explain how SLEEI’s approach stimulates participation and local ownership, empowering colleagues at less privileged universities, and adapting knowledge from international research to local demands.  A partner from eastern Indonesia, a trainer, the content coordinator from VVI and a process facilitator from KIT will give pitches about their role in the process – . We will end with a panel discussion.

Herlambang Wiratraman

Herlambang Wiratraman, Airlangga University – Is one of the trainers in SLEEI. Lecturer in the Constitutional Law Department and the Executive Director of the Centre of Human Rights Law Studies (HRLS), Faculty of Law, Universitas Airlangga (Surabaya, Indonesia). Specialist in press freedom, PhD at Leiden University.

    Adriaan Bedner

    Adriaan Bedner (Van Vollenhoven Institute, Leiden Law School) is KITLV professor (by special appointment) of Law and Society in Indonesia and Head of Department of the Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Society. He is SLEEI’s project leader. Has been involved in Indonesia-Netherlands research and capacity building projects since 2000.

      Bivitri Susanti

      Bivitri Susanti (Jentera Law School) is a founder of the Indonesian Centre for Law & Policy Studies (Pusat Studi Hukum & Kebijakan Indonesia or PSHK) and the independent Jentera Law School. She obtained her PhD from the University of Washington. Specialist on legal reform and politics. Trainer in SLEEI on legal skills and critical reasoning.

        Jacqueline Vel

        Jacqueline Vel (Van Vollenhoven Institute, Leiden Law School) with PhD from Wageningen University is senior researcher with a long history of field research and development cooperation in Sumba. Specialist in rural development and legal pluralism (customary law). Has been involved in Indonesia-Netherlands academic research and capacity building projects since 1997.

          Laurens van Veldhuizen

          Laurens van Veldhuizen (Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam) is an adult education and rural innovation specialist. His specialism – also in SLEEI – is developing and promoting interactive and participatory approaches, mechanisms and institutions. Many years ago, he was project leader of a grass root development project in East Nusa Tenggara for 6 years.

            Rambu L.K.R. Nugrohowardhani

            Rambu L.K.R. Nugrohowardhani (Universitas Kristen Wira Wacana Sumba) is one of the Deans of this new and small university in Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara. She has a master in development economics from ISS in The Hague, and a PhD from Satya Wacana University Salatiga. She is one of the senior lecturers of UNKRISWINA, teaching about Read more…

              Revency Rugebregt

              Revency Rugebregt (Universitas Pattimura Ambon) is law lecturer and head of the department of constitutional law at UnPatti. She holds a PhD Degree from Hasanuddin University on Natural resource management in Maluku. Editor in chief of the Pattimura Law Journal, a member of the Internal Control Unit Pattimura University.

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                  Wednesday 25, 2020 3:00 PM
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