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Tag: Jokowi

  • After Twenty Years of the 2002 Indonesian “Constitution”: Will President Jokowi Stay in Power Longer?

    –Stefanus Hendrianto, Pontifical Gregorian University The year 2022 marked the twentieth anniversary of the Indonesian “2002 Constitution.” But the country did not even have a subdued celebration for the Constitution amidst the increasing abuse of the Constitution by the Joko Widodo (“Jokowi”) administration.

  • The End of the Beginning of Abusive Constitutional Borrowing in Indonesia: On the Suspension Order of the Omnibus Law of Job Creation

    –Stefanus Hendrianto – Pontifical Gregorian University In recent months, one of the hot topics in Indonesian constitutional politics is the Indonesian Constitutional Court decision to issue a suspension order with two years deadline on the constitutionality of Law No. 11 of 2020 on Job Creation, commonly known as the Omnibus Law of the Job Creation.[1]

  • Term Limits and the Unconstitutional Constitutional Amendment Doctrine in Indonesia

    —Stefanus Hendrianto, Pontifical Gregorian University A controversy surrounding constitutional amendment has surfaced recently in Indonesia, after a veteran politician, Amien Rais, accused the administration of Joko Widodo (or Jokowi) of trying to sway the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) to amend the 1945 Constitution so that the presidential term could be extended.[1]

  • Early Warning Signs of Abusive Constitutionalism in Indonesia: Pandemic as Pretext

    –Stefanus Hendrianto, University of San Francisco Introduction On March 31, 2020, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, commonly known as Jokowi, issued Government Regulation in lieu of Law of the Republic of Indonesia No. 1 of 2020 on the National Finance and Financial System Stability Policy for Handling Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic and/or in Order to Face Threats that Endanger the National Economy and/or Financial System Stability (“the Emergency Regulation No.

  • The 2019 Indonesian General Election: Constitutional Odds and Ends

    –Stefanus Hendrianto, Boston College On June 27, 2019, the Indonesian Constitutional Court rejected the petition of presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto to nullify the presidential election result. All nine justices rejected Subianto’s petition in its entirety, and, the Court reaffirmed the victory of the incumbent President, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and his running mate, a conservative cleric, Maruf Amin with an 11% lead over the ticket of Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno.

  • Constitutional Retrogression in Indonesia

    –Abdurrachman Satrio, Researcher at the Center for State Policy Studies, Faculty of Law, Padjadjaran University Constitutional retrogression, as defined by Aziz Huq and Tom Ginsburg, occurs when democratically elected rulers use formal legal measures to undermine democracy gradually.[1] In this post, I will argue that Indonesia – the most stable democratic country in Southeast Asia – has undergone constitutional retrogression in the era of President Joko Widodo’s government.[2]

  • The Jokowi Presidency so Far: Increasing Disregard of Indonesian Constitutionalism?

    —Stefanus Hendrianto, Santa Clara University School of Law It is still fresh in our memory that the election of President Joko Widodo in 2014 was hailed internationally. Here was a down to earth politician who seemed to do a credible job in his short term as governor of Jakarta.

  • Video Interview: Developments in Indonesian Constitutional Law Featuring Stefanus Hendrianto

    –Richard Albert, Boston College Law School In this latest installment of our new video interview series at I-CONnect, I interview Stefanus Hendrianto on developments in Indonesian constitutional law. In the interview, we discuss the adoption of the Indonesian Constitution, the creation of the Indonesian Constitutional Court, the current and former Chief Justices, the new President of Indonesia, as well as the future of the Indonesian Constitution.