Fighting Corruption in Indonesia: current issues, challenges and prospects

Sydney Ideas co-presented with the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, and the Centre for Asian and Pacific Law

 

 


10 October 2017

Indonesia’s anti-corruption commission has investigated and prosecuted many big-fish corruption cases, and has secured many dozens of convictions, including very senior judges and politicians. This represents real progress; even a decade ago, many of the commission’s current targets would have been largely untouchable. However, the commission has faced serious resistance from those it has pursued and their associates. This resistance threatens to weaken the commission or even disband it, and to discredit its commissioners.

This forum examines the future of corruption eradication efforts in Indonesia, bringing together three speakers Professor Todung Mulya Lubis, one of Indonesia’s leading lawyers and anti-corruption advocates; Dr Laode Syarif, Commissioner for Indonesia Anti-Corruption Commission (KPK); and Professor Simon Butt, who specialises in Indonesian law and its corruption courts.

About the speakers:

  • Professor Todung Mulya Lubis is Indonesia’s leading human rights lawyer, and one of Indonesia’s best legal scholars. He has had a distinguished legal career in Indonesia, in Indonesia’s Legal Aid Institute (which he directed in the early 1980s) and then in private practice, where he has taken on very high profile cases including the Indonesian defence lawyer for Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan. He has also held senior government appointments and is head of Transparency International Indonesia.
  • Professor Simon Butt is Professor of Indonesian Law at the University of Sydney Law School, where teaches Indonesian law and Private International Law. He has written widely on Indonesian law, including The Constitutional Court and Democracy in Indonesia (2015), Corruption and Law in Indonesia (2012) and The Constitution of Indonesia: a contextual analysis (2012, with co-author Tim Lindsey). He has recently completed Indonesian Law (forthcoming, with co-author Tim Lindsey).
  • Dr Laode M Syarif (Sydney PhD (Law) '08) is Commissioner for Indonesia Anti-Corruption Commission (KPK) (2015-2019). Before he joined the KPK, Syarif was a Senior Lecturer at Hasanuddin University, Faculty of Law, Makassar, Indonesia. He taught Environmental Law, International Environmental Law, and developed Anti-Corruption and Environmental Law Clinics in several Law Schools in Indonesia. He also served as one of the principal trainers of the Supreme Court of Indonesia in the area of Environmental Law and Judicial Code of Conduct since early 2000.