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Research project

Strengthening Legal Education in Eastern Indonesia (SLEEI)

How can legal education in Indonesia become more relevant for supporting the rule of law and providing legal services that common citizens need?

2019  -   2021
Jacqueline Vel
NUFFIC’s Orange Knowledge Programme - ‘Security and Rule of Law in Indonesia’
Leaves of the lontar palm - an iconic tree of the dry Eastern Indonesian islands. Photograph by J Vel, April 2017, East Sumba

The SLEEI project aims at strengthening legal education, which is a crucial part of maintaining the rule of law in the country. Many  Indonesian citizens cannot realise their rights and continue to face a lack of legal certainty:  It is often unclear what laws apply in particular situations and it is hard to predict how the courts or the government will interpret them.  SLEEI will focus on course development and teaching methods that will produce graduates who master key legal skills required by the labour market, and who are aware of the ethical and inequality/gender issues involved in the problems they address.

The project will be conducted by a consortium of  four law faculties  in Eastern Indonesia (Ambon, Kupang, Waingapu, Mataram), two law faculties on Java (UGM and Jentera), one in the Netherlands (VVI Leiden), and the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT). The consortium builds on existing collaboration between Indonesian partners and Leiden Law School, including guest lecturing, masterclasses, joint research, and project based collaboration. With a central role for experts who are alumni of LLS (PhD) and now work at top universities in Indonesia, this project aims to change the collaboration’s focus from primarily Netherlands-Indonesia exchanges to structured interaction, sharing and support between and among Indonesian law faculties.

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