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

Labour is back as a significant social and political force in Indonesia, as was shown in the recent 1 May trade union demonstrations in Jakarta. Over the past years major changes have taken place in Indonesian labour law, leading to new forms of judicial and political resolution of labour disputes. In this Van Vollenhoven Lecture Surya Tjandra will analyse the current situation of labour dispute resolution and how this affects the position of workers in Indonesia. He will demonstrate how for a fruitful analysis of such issues a mono-disciplinary approach is too limited, what we can learn from this for the future of socio-legal studies in Indonesia, and what this means for Indonesian-Dutch research agendas in the field of law.


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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