Associate Professor Simon Butt

BA LLB (ANU) PhD (Melbourne)
ARC Australian Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Associate Director, Centre for Asian and Pacific Law

F10 - Law School (Camperdown)
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 0442
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Biographical details

Current ARC Australian Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Associate Director of the Centre for Asian and Pacific Law at the University of Sydney.

Prior to joining the faculty as Senior Lecturer, Simon worked as a consultant on the Indonesian legal system to the Australian government, the private sector and international organisations, including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ). He has taught in over 70 law courses in Indonesia on a diverse range of topics, including intellectual property, Indonesian criminal law, Indonesian terrorism law and legislative drafting. He is fluent in Indonesian.

In 2008 Simon's thesis titled "Judicial review in Indonesia: between civil law and accountability? A study of constitutional court decisions 2003-2005" was awarded the University of Melbourne Chancellor’s Prize for Excellence in the PhD Thesis.

Research interests

  • Indonesian law generally, including constitutional, criminal, civil, human rights, commercial, Islamic and customary (adatlaw)
  • Comparative law – particularly transplanting legal norms between jurisdictions

Teaching and supervision

  • Indonesian Law
  • Southeast Asia Winter School

Associations

  • NAATI accredited Indonesian translator

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2013

  • Evaluating smallholder livelihoods and sustainability in Indonesian coffee and cocoa value chains; Neilson J, Butt S, Toth R; Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)/Research and Development Programs.

2011

  • Indonesias Constitutional Court: Safeguarding Democratic Transition?; Butt S; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2010

  • Developing a legal framework for Indonesia's participation in an internationally sanctioned scheme for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (and Degradation); Lyster R, Stephens T, Peden E, Butt S; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2009

  • Lawmaking in Regional Parliaments: Translating Policy into Law; Butt S; Australian Agency for International Development (AUSAID)/Australia Indonesia Governance Research Partnership.
  • Research studies on the organisation and functiong of the justice system in five selected countries (China, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea and Russian Federation); Nottage L, Bath V, Butt S; United Nations Development Programme/Research Support.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Butt, S. (2012). Corruption and Law in Indonesia. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Butt, S., Lindsey, T. (2012). The Constitution of Indonesia: A Contextual Analysis. Oxford: Hart Publishing.

Edited Books

  • Butt, S., Nasu, H., Nottage, L. (2014). Asia-Pacific Disaster Management: Comparative and Socio-legal Perspectives. Heidelberg: Springer.

Book Chapters

  • Nottage, L., Butt, S. (2015). Recent International Commercial Arbitration and Investor-State Arbitration Developments Impacting on Australia's Investments in the Resources Sector (Forthcoming). In Philip Evans, Gabriel Moens (Eds.), Arbitration and Dispute Resolution in the Resources Sector: A Comparative Perspective. Germany: Springer.
  • Butt, S. (2014). Disaster Management Law in Indonesia: From Response to Preparedness? In Simon Butt, Hitoshi Nasu, Luke Nottage (Eds.), Asia-Pacific Disaster Management: Comparative and Socio-legal Perspectives, (pp. 183-196). Heidelberg: Springer.
  • Nottage, L., Nasu, H., Butt, S. (2014). Disaster Management: Socio-Legal and Asia-Pacific Perspectives. In Simon Butt, Hitoshi Nasu, Luke Nottage (Eds.), Asia-Pacific Disaster Management: Comparative and Socio-legal Perspectives, (pp. 1-58). Heidelberg: Springer.
  • Butt, S., Garcia, B., Parsons, J., Stephens, T. (2013). Brazil and Indonesia: REaDD+y or not? In Rosemary Lyster, Catherine MacKenzie, Constance McDermott (Eds.), Law, Tropical Forests and Carbon: The Case of REDD+, (pp. 251-274). New York, United States: Cambridge University Press.
  • Butt, S. (2013). Jurisdictional Expansion, Self-Limitation and Legal Reasoning in The Indonesian Constitutional Court. In Dri Utari Christina Rachmawati, Ismail Hasani (Eds.), Masa Depan Mahkamah Konstitusi RI: Naskah Konferensi Mahkamah Konstitusi dan Pemajuan Hak Konstitusional Warga (Future of the Constitutional Court: Conference Proceedings on the Constitutional Court and the Advancement of Citizens' Constitutional Rights), (pp. 55-79). Bendungan Hilir, Indonesia: Pustaka Masyarakat Setara.
  • Lindsey, T., Butt, S. (2013). Unfinished Business: Law Reform, Governance, and the Courts in Post-Suharto Indonesia. In Mirjam Kunkler, Alfred Stepan (Eds.), Democracy and Islam in Indonesia, (pp. 168-186). New York, USA: Columbia University Press.
  • Butt, S. (2011). Foreign Investment in Indonesia: The Problem of Legal Uncertainty. In Vivienne Bath & Luke Nottage (Eds.), Foreign Investment and Dispute Resolution Law and Practice in Asia, (pp. 112-134). Abingdon: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Butt, S., Lindsey, T. (2011). Judicial Mafia: The courts and state illegality in Indonesia. In Edward Aspinall and Gerry van Klinken (Eds.), The State and Illegality in Indonesia, (pp. 189-213). The Netherlands: KITLV Press.
  • Butt, S., Lindsey, T. (2010). Who Owns the Economy? Property Rights, Privatization, and the Indonesian Constitution: The Electricity Law Case. In Aileen McHarg, Barry Barton, Adrian Bradbrook, Lee Godden (Eds.), Property and the Law in Energy and Natural Resources, (pp. 236-254). United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.
  • Butt, S., Lindsey, T. (2009). The People's Prosperity? Indonesian Constitutional Interpretation, Economic Reform and Globalisation. In Peerenboom, Randall~Gillespie, John~ (Eds.), Regulation in Asia: Pushing Back on Globalisation, (pp. 270-295). United Kingdom: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Butt, S. (2008). Intellectual Property in Indonesia: A Problematic Legal Transplant. In Tim Lindsey (Eds.), Indonesia: Law and Society, (pp. 620-635). Sydney: Federation Press.
  • Butt, S. (2008). Polygamy and Mixed Marriage in Indonesia: Islam and the Marriage Law in the Courts. In Tim Lindsey (Eds.), Indonesia: Law and Society, (pp. 266-287). Sydney: Federation Press.
  • Butt, S. (2008). Surat Sakti: the Decline of the Authority of Judicial Decisions in Indonesia. In Tim Lindsey (Eds.), Indonesia: Law and Society, (pp. 346-362). Sydney: Federation Press.
  • Butt, S. (2007). The Constitutional Court's Decision in the Dispute Between the Supreme Court and the Judicial Commission. In Ross H. McLeod, Andrew J. MacIntyre (Eds.), Democracy and the Promise of Good Governance, (pp. 178-200). US: ISEAS Publishing (Institute of Southeast Asian Studies).
  • Butt, S., Lindsey, T. (2006). Intellectual property, civil law and the failure of law in Indonesia: can criminal enforcement of economic law work in developing countries? In Timothy Lindsey (Eds.), Law Reform in Transitional and Developing States, (pp. 391-412). US: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

Journals

  • Butt, S. (2014). Asia-Pacific: Judicial responses to the death penalty in Indonesia. Alternative Law Journal, 39(2), 134-135.
  • Butt, S., Parsons, N. (2014). Judicial Review and the Supreme Court in Indonesia: A New Space for Law? Indonesia, 97, 55-85. [More Information]
  • Butt, S. (2014). The Position of International Law within the Indonesian Legal System (Forthcoming). Emory International Law Review, 28.
  • Butt, S. (2014). Traditional Land Rights before the Indonesian Constitutional Court. Law, Environment and Development Journal, 10(1), 3-17.
  • Butt, S., Siregar, F. (2013). Analisis Kritik Terhadap Putusan Mahkamah Konstitusi Nomor 36/PUU-X/2012 [Critical Analysis of Constitutional Court Decision 36/PUU-X/2012]. Mimbar Hukum [Pulpit Journal of Law], 25(1), 1-12.
  • Butt, S. (2013). Freedom of Information Law and Its Application in Indonesia: A Preliminary Assessment. Asian Journal of Comparative Law, 8(1), 1-42. [More Information]
  • Butt, S., Siregar, F. (2013). State Control over Natural Resources in Indonesia: Implications of the Oil and Natural Gas Law Case of 2012. Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law, 31(2), 107-121.
  • Butt, S. (2012). Asia-Pacific: 'Illegitimate' children and inheritance in Indonesia. Alternative Law Journal, 37(3), 196-198.
  • Butt, S., Parsons, N. (2012). Reining in Regional Governments? Local Taxes and Investment in Decentralised Indonesia. Sydney Law Review, 34(1), 91-106.
  • Butt, S. (2011). Anti-Corruption Reform in Indonesia: An Obituary? Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, 47(3), 381-394.
  • Butt, S., Nottage, L. (2011). Book Review, A. Black & G. Bell (eds), Law and Legal Institutions of Asia: Traditions, Adaptations and Innovations (2011) CUP: UK. LawAsia Journal, 2011, 143-155.
  • Butt, S. (2011). Corruption, Law, Politics and Frame-Ups: The Plot to Dismantle Indonesia's Anti-Corruption Commission. Harvard Asia Pacific Review, 11(2).
  • Butt, S. (2010). Indonesia's Anti-Corruption Drive and the Constitutional Court. Journal of Comparative Law, 4(2), 186-204.
  • Butt, S. (2010). Islam, the State and the Constitutional Court in Indonesia. Pacific Rim Law and Policy Journal, 19(2), 279-301.
  • Butt, S. (2010). Regional Autonomy and Legal Disorder: The Proliferation of Local Laws in Indonesia. Sydney Law Review, 32(2), 177-197.
  • Butt, S. (2009). ''Unlawfulness'' and Corruption Under Indonesian Law. Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, 45(2), 179-198.
  • Butt, S. (2009). Asian Law in Translation: Translator's Note on the Indonesian Corruption Court Law. The Unravelling of Indonesia's Anti-Corruption Framework Through Law and Legal Process. Australian Journal of Asian Law, 11(2), 302-307.
  • Butt, S. (2008). Anti-Terrorism Law and Criminal Process in Indonesia. Islam, Syari'ah and Governance Background Papers, 1, 3-36.
  • Butt, S., Lindsey, T. (2008). Economic Reform When the Constitution Matters: Indonesia's Constitutional Court and Article 33. Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, 44(2), 239-261.
  • Butt, S. (2006). Indonesia's Constitutional Court and the Death Penalty. Asian Currents, November 2006.
  • Butt, S. (2006). Indonesia's Constitutional Court: a reform over-achiever? Inside Indonesia, 87.
  • Butt, S. (2006). Review of Bedner and Niessen (eds), Towards Integrated Environmental Law in Indonesia. Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, 42(2), 263-280.
  • Butt, S., Lindsey, T. (2005). TRIPs and intellectual property law reform in Indonesia: why injunctions aren’t stopping piracy. Harvard Asia Pacific Review, 8(2), 14-18.
  • Butt, S., David, N., Laws, N. (2004). Looking Forward: Local Dispute Resolution Mechanisms in Timor Leste. Australian Legal Resources International.
  • Butt, S., Hansell, D. (2004). The Masykur Abdul Kadir Case: Indonesian Constitutional Court Decision No 013/PUU-I/2003. Australian Journal of Asian Law, 6(2), 176-196.
  • Butt, S. (2003). Indonesia: can legal diversity exist within a single national law. Alternative Law Journal, 28(6), 304-306.

Report

  • Butt, S. (2009). Two at the top: the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Court.

2015

  • Nottage, L., Butt, S. (2015). Recent International Commercial Arbitration and Investor-State Arbitration Developments Impacting on Australia's Investments in the Resources Sector (Forthcoming). In Philip Evans, Gabriel Moens (Eds.), Arbitration and Dispute Resolution in the Resources Sector: A Comparative Perspective. Germany: Springer.

2014

  • Butt, S., Nasu, H., Nottage, L. (2014). Asia-Pacific Disaster Management: Comparative and Socio-legal Perspectives. Heidelberg: Springer.
  • Butt, S. (2014). Asia-Pacific: Judicial responses to the death penalty in Indonesia. Alternative Law Journal, 39(2), 134-135.
  • Butt, S. (2014). Disaster Management Law in Indonesia: From Response to Preparedness? In Simon Butt, Hitoshi Nasu, Luke Nottage (Eds.), Asia-Pacific Disaster Management: Comparative and Socio-legal Perspectives, (pp. 183-196). Heidelberg: Springer.
  • Nottage, L., Nasu, H., Butt, S. (2014). Disaster Management: Socio-Legal and Asia-Pacific Perspectives. In Simon Butt, Hitoshi Nasu, Luke Nottage (Eds.), Asia-Pacific Disaster Management: Comparative and Socio-legal Perspectives, (pp. 1-58). Heidelberg: Springer.
  • Butt, S., Parsons, N. (2014). Judicial Review and the Supreme Court in Indonesia: A New Space for Law? Indonesia, 97, 55-85. [More Information]
  • Butt, S. (2014). The Position of International Law within the Indonesian Legal System (Forthcoming). Emory International Law Review, 28.
  • Butt, S. (2014). Traditional Land Rights before the Indonesian Constitutional Court. Law, Environment and Development Journal, 10(1), 3-17.

2013

  • Butt, S., Siregar, F. (2013). Analisis Kritik Terhadap Putusan Mahkamah Konstitusi Nomor 36/PUU-X/2012 [Critical Analysis of Constitutional Court Decision 36/PUU-X/2012]. Mimbar Hukum [Pulpit Journal of Law], 25(1), 1-12.
  • Butt, S., Garcia, B., Parsons, J., Stephens, T. (2013). Brazil and Indonesia: REaDD+y or not? In Rosemary Lyster, Catherine MacKenzie, Constance McDermott (Eds.), Law, Tropical Forests and Carbon: The Case of REDD+, (pp. 251-274). New York, United States: Cambridge University Press.
  • Butt, S. (2013). Freedom of Information Law and Its Application in Indonesia: A Preliminary Assessment. Asian Journal of Comparative Law, 8(1), 1-42. [More Information]
  • Butt, S. (2013), Indonesian Constitutional Court decisions in regional head electoral disputes. , , , 1-36.
  • Butt, S. (2013). Jurisdictional Expansion, Self-Limitation and Legal Reasoning in The Indonesian Constitutional Court. In Dri Utari Christina Rachmawati, Ismail Hasani (Eds.), Masa Depan Mahkamah Konstitusi RI: Naskah Konferensi Mahkamah Konstitusi dan Pemajuan Hak Konstitusional Warga (Future of the Constitutional Court: Conference Proceedings on the Constitutional Court and the Advancement of Citizens' Constitutional Rights), (pp. 55-79). Bendungan Hilir, Indonesia: Pustaka Masyarakat Setara.
  • Butt, S., Siregar, F. (2013). State Control over Natural Resources in Indonesia: Implications of the Oil and Natural Gas Law Case of 2012. Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law, 31(2), 107-121.
  • Lindsey, T., Butt, S. (2013). Unfinished Business: Law Reform, Governance, and the Courts in Post-Suharto Indonesia. In Mirjam Kunkler, Alfred Stepan (Eds.), Democracy and Islam in Indonesia, (pp. 168-186). New York, USA: Columbia University Press.

2012

  • Butt, S. (2012). Asia-Pacific: 'Illegitimate' children and inheritance in Indonesia. Alternative Law Journal, 37(3), 196-198.
  • Butt, S. (2012). Corruption and Law in Indonesia. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Butt, S., Parsons, N. (2012). Reining in Regional Governments? Local Taxes and Investment in Decentralised Indonesia. Sydney Law Review, 34(1), 91-106.
  • Butt, S., Lindsey, T. (2012). The Constitution of Indonesia: A Contextual Analysis. Oxford: Hart Publishing.

2011

  • Butt, S. (2011). Anti-Corruption Reform in Indonesia: An Obituary? Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, 47(3), 381-394.
  • Butt, S., Nottage, L. (2011). Book Review, A. Black & G. Bell (eds), Law and Legal Institutions of Asia: Traditions, Adaptations and Innovations (2011) CUP: UK. LawAsia Journal, 2011, 143-155.
  • Butt, S. (2011). Corruption, Law, Politics and Frame-Ups: The Plot to Dismantle Indonesia's Anti-Corruption Commission. Harvard Asia Pacific Review, 11(2).
  • Butt, S. (2011). Foreign Investment in Indonesia: The Problem of Legal Uncertainty. In Vivienne Bath & Luke Nottage (Eds.), Foreign Investment and Dispute Resolution Law and Practice in Asia, (pp. 112-134). Abingdon: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Butt, S., Lindsey, T. (2011). Judicial Mafia: The courts and state illegality in Indonesia. In Edward Aspinall and Gerry van Klinken (Eds.), The State and Illegality in Indonesia, (pp. 189-213). The Netherlands: KITLV Press.

2010

  • Butt, S. (2010). Indonesia's Anti-Corruption Drive and the Constitutional Court. Journal of Comparative Law, 4(2), 186-204.
  • Butt, S. (2010). Islam, the State and the Constitutional Court in Indonesia. Pacific Rim Law and Policy Journal, 19(2), 279-301.
  • Butt, S. (2010). Regional Autonomy and Legal Disorder: The Proliferation of Local Laws in Indonesia. Sydney Law Review, 32(2), 177-197.
  • Butt, S. (2010), Research Studies on the Organisation and Functioning of the Justice System in Five Selected Countries (China, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea and Russian Federation) - Indonesia. , , , 1-161.
  • Butt, S., Lindsey, T. (2010). Who Owns the Economy? Property Rights, Privatization, and the Indonesian Constitution: The Electricity Law Case. In Aileen McHarg, Barry Barton, Adrian Bradbrook, Lee Godden (Eds.), Property and the Law in Energy and Natural Resources, (pp. 236-254). United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

2009

  • Butt, S. (2009). ''Unlawfulness'' and Corruption Under Indonesian Law. Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, 45(2), 179-198.
  • Butt, S. (2009). Asian Law in Translation: Translator's Note on the Indonesian Corruption Court Law. The Unravelling of Indonesia's Anti-Corruption Framework Through Law and Legal Process. Australian Journal of Asian Law, 11(2), 302-307.
  • Butt, S., Lindsey, T. (2009). The People's Prosperity? Indonesian Constitutional Interpretation, Economic Reform and Globalisation. In Peerenboom, Randall~Gillespie, John~ (Eds.), Regulation in Asia: Pushing Back on Globalisation, (pp. 270-295). United Kingdom: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Butt, S. (2009). Two at the top: the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Court.

2008

  • Butt, S. (2008). Anti-Terrorism Law and Criminal Process in Indonesia. Islam, Syari'ah and Governance Background Papers, 1, 3-36.
  • Butt, S., Lindsey, T. (2008). Economic Reform When the Constitution Matters: Indonesia's Constitutional Court and Article 33. Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, 44(2), 239-261.
  • Butt, S. (2008). Intellectual Property in Indonesia: A Problematic Legal Transplant. In Tim Lindsey (Eds.), Indonesia: Law and Society, (pp. 620-635). Sydney: Federation Press.
  • Butt, S. (2008). Polygamy and Mixed Marriage in Indonesia: Islam and the Marriage Law in the Courts. In Tim Lindsey (Eds.), Indonesia: Law and Society, (pp. 266-287). Sydney: Federation Press.
  • Butt, S. (2008). Surat Sakti: the Decline of the Authority of Judicial Decisions in Indonesia. In Tim Lindsey (Eds.), Indonesia: Law and Society, (pp. 346-362). Sydney: Federation Press.

2007

  • Butt, S. (2007). The Constitutional Court's Decision in the Dispute Between the Supreme Court and the Judicial Commission. In Ross H. McLeod, Andrew J. MacIntyre (Eds.), Democracy and the Promise of Good Governance, (pp. 178-200). US: ISEAS Publishing (Institute of Southeast Asian Studies).

2006

  • Butt, S. (2006). Indonesia's Constitutional Court and the Death Penalty. Asian Currents, November 2006.
  • Butt, S. (2006). Indonesia's Constitutional Court: a reform over-achiever? Inside Indonesia, 87.
  • Butt, S., Lindsey, T. (2006). Intellectual property, civil law and the failure of law in Indonesia: can criminal enforcement of economic law work in developing countries? In Timothy Lindsey (Eds.), Law Reform in Transitional and Developing States, (pp. 391-412). US: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Butt, S. (2006). Review of Bedner and Niessen (eds), Towards Integrated Environmental Law in Indonesia. Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, 42(2), 263-280.

2005

  • Butt, S., Lindsey, T. (2005). TRIPs and intellectual property law reform in Indonesia: why injunctions aren’t stopping piracy. Harvard Asia Pacific Review, 8(2), 14-18.

2004

  • Butt, S., David, N., Laws, N. (2004). Looking Forward: Local Dispute Resolution Mechanisms in Timor Leste. Australian Legal Resources International.
  • Butt, S., Hansell, D. (2004). The Masykur Abdul Kadir Case: Indonesian Constitutional Court Decision No 013/PUU-I/2003. Australian Journal of Asian Law, 6(2), 176-196.

2003

  • Butt, S. (2003). Indonesia: can legal diversity exist within a single national law. Alternative Law Journal, 28(6), 304-306.

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