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The 1st Indonesian-Australian-Netherlands Socio-Legal Studies Conference

The international conference “Legal Reform in Indonesia: towards Justice” will be held on 6-7 September 2017 at Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

In the last few decades socio-legal approaches have increasingly contributed to the development of legal studies. Socio-legal researchers have questioned assumptions and postulates from doctrinal legal scholars and analysed how the legal system operates in its social and political context. Their critique and explanations have provided legal studies with a more comprehensive understanding of how law operates in all of its aspects.

In Indonesia, socio-legal research has developed in parallel with the emergence of cases in practice which show the gap between law in the books and law-in-action. The socio-legal approach in Indonesia needs to be developed and strengthened for two important reasons. The first is to provide the tools to society to be more critical about state legal norms that potentially violate the rights of citizens. The second is to provide substantive inputs into the state legal reform agenda. For such reasons, Gadjah Mada University, the University of Melbourne, Sydney University, and Leiden University/KITLV will organize the 1st Indonesian-Australian-Netherlands Socio-Legal Studies Conference, September 6-7, 2017, in Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

For more information please see http://conference.law.ugm.ac.id/main/

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