Kamerlingh Onnes Gebouw, Zaal A051

steenschuur 25, Leiden


Universiteit Leiden

18 May - Van Vollenhoven Lecture: Labour law, judicialisation, and the future of socio-legal studies in Indonesia

An increasing number of Indonesian legal specialists are no longer limiting themselves to a strict monodisciplinary approach to the law, but are carrying out empirical research on how such law comes about, how it is applied and how it functions. The speaker will analyse this trend and will reflect on the future of ‘socio-legal’ studies in Indonesia. He will illustrate his analysis by looking at Indonesian employment law and the development of judicial and more political forms of dispute resolution in this field. The aim is to raise awareness of these issues among the Dutch public and to stimulate them to think about a scientific and collaborative agenda for the future.


Surya Tjandra is a well-known Indonesian labour academic-activist. He is a lecturer at the Law Faculty of Atma Jaya Catholic University and Jentera Law School, in Jakarta, Indonesia. For many years he was associated with the Indonesian Legal Aid Institute (LBH) in Jakarta, Indonesia and he is the founder of the Trade Union Rights Centre. Surya holds a bachelor degree in law from the University of Indonesia, a master degree in Law in Development from Warwick University and a PhD from Leiden University. His PhD-thesis concerned the political economy of labour law reform in Indonesia after the Reformasi. He was one of the key figures in the struggle for social security reforms in Indonesia, which led to the enactment of the Law on the Social Security Executing Agency in 2011. This Law guarantees health care to all Indonesian citizens, as well as pensions to formal workers. Surya has published widely on Indonesian labour law and trade unions issues nationally and internationally, and he has been working closely with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, the DGB Bildungswerk, and the FNV Mondiaal.

Time: 16:15 – 17:30  hrs.

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