CILIS Senior Associates

Christoph Antons

Professor Christoph Antons

Professor Christoph Antons holds a Chair in Law in the School of Law, Faculty of Business and Law, at Deakin University. He is also an External Associate of the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law in Munich, Germany. Christoph is the author of Intellectual Property Law in Indonesia (2000), editor of Law and Development in East and Southeast Asia (2003); Traditional Knowledge, Traditional Cultural Expressions and Intellectual Property Law in the Asia-Pacific Region (2009); and The Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights: Comparative Perspectives from the Asia-Pacific Region (2011).


Professor Jimly Asshiddiqie 

Professor Jimly Asshiddiqie is a leading Indonesian legal figure, both as a scholar and a prominent public official. As founding Chief Justice of Indonesia’s first Constitutional Court (2003-2008) he established a new branch of the judiciary and developed a process of constitutional review of statutes that had long been missing in Indonesia. He helped set a new standard in Indonesian courts for reasoned judgments drawing on international jurisprudence, as well as pioneering publication of judgments. He also led the Constitutional Court when it decided a challenge to the death penalty. He is now chair of the Honorary Council of the Electoral Management Bodies and of the Advisory Council to the National Commission of Human Rights. He has advised presidents and the national legislature on legal and political issues, and has twice been decorated for his contributions to Indonesian law reform and state administration.  Professor Asshiddiqie studied at the University of Indonesia, Leiden University and Harvard, and is Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Indonesia. He has published more than 40 books, some in English, creating an important resource for emerging constitutional thought on democracy in Indonesia.  


Professor Azyumardi Azra

Professor Azyumardi Azra is one of Southeast Asia’s most prominent liberal Muslim intellectuals. He is Rector and Professor of History at the Univeritas Islam Negeri (UIN), Jakarta Indonesia. In 1982, Professor Azra graduated from the Faculty of Tarbiyah (Islamic Education) at the Jakarta IAIN (now UIN). He was appointed Lecturer there in 1985 and in the following year was selected for a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue advanced studies at Columbia University, New York City. He graduated with an MA from the Department of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures in 1988. Winning a Columbia President Fellowship, he moved to the Department of History, Columbia University where he undertook further studies; MA (1989), MPhil (1990) and PhD (1992). He was also Vice Director of the Centre for the Study of Islam and Society (Censis) of the IAIN/UIN Jakarta before his appointment as Vice Rector for Academic Affairs. Professor Azra has been a visiting fellow of Southeast Asian Studies at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, Oxford University; a Visiting Professor at the University of Philippines, Diliman and the Universiti Malaya; a Distinguished International Visiting Professor at the Department of Middle Eastern Studies, New York University; member of Board of Trustees, International Islamic University Islamabad (2004-9); editor-in-chief, Studia Islamika, Indonesian Journal for Islamic Studies (1993-now); and member of the editorial boards of Journals Ushuluddin (University Malaya) and Quranic Studies (SOAS London). He has presented numerous papers at international conferences and has lectured at such universities as Columbia, Harvard, ANU, Kyoto, Leiden, and many others. He has published 18 books. The latest is The Origins of Islamic Reformism in Southeast Asia (Crows Nest, NSW, Allen&Unwin-AAAS, 2004; University of Hawaii Press; 2004; Leiden: KITLV Press, 2004).


Associate Professor Simon Butt

Simon Butt is a current ARC Australian Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Associate Director (Indonesia) for the Centre for Asian and Pacific Law at The University of Sydney, where he teaches Indonesian law. He has written widely on aspects of Indonesian law, including two recent books: Corruption and Law in Indonesia (Routledge 2012) and The Constitution of Indonesia: A Contextual Analysis (Hart, 2012, with Tim Lindsey).

ALC_Coppel_Charles  Associate Professor Charles Coppel

Charles Coppel was appointed as an Associate of the Centre in 2011. Charles is a Principal Fellow in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne. After graduating in Law at the University of Melbourne, he practised as a barrister for five years, but developed a more enduring fascination for the modern history of Indonesia and its ethnic Chinese minority. His Monash PhD was published as Indonesian Chinese in Crisis (Oxford UP, 1983) and as Tionghoa Indonesia Dalam Krisis (Pustaka Sinar Harapan, 1994).

His publications have covered ethnic and race relations, ethnic identity, Confucian religion, language usage, colloquial Malay fictional and historical narratives, multiple migration, and the transformation of everyday life in colonial Java. These interests are reflected in his book Studying Ethnic Chinese in Indonesia (Singapore Society of Asian Studies, 2002). He taught at Monash University and, from 1973 to 2002, at the University of Melbourne, and was a Fellow-in-Residence of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences in 1995-1996. Since his ‘retirement’ in 2002, he has continued to publish on the Chinese in Indonesia and edited Violent Conflicts in Indonesia: Analysis, Representation, Resolution (Routledge, 2006).

His work was honoured in the volume Chinese Indonesians: Remembering, Distorting, Forgetting edited by Tim Lindsey and Helen Pausacker (Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore and Monash Asia Institute, 2005). In 2009, he was the recipient of a NABIL Foundation Award for his contribution to Indonesian nation-building.


ALC_Dick_Howard  Professor Howard Dick

Professor Howard Dick is an internationally highly-regarded Asia specialist working primarily on Indonesia and Southeast Asia. His interests include applied economics, Asian laws, Asian business and the Asian business environment. His current research focuses on issues of corruption and governance and the difficulties of driving institutional change by formal legal reform. He has written extensively on state expansion, development and economic integration in Indonesia and Southeast Asia. He is a regular media commentator on Australia-Asia relations and one of the founders of the Melbourne Asia Policy Papers discussion series.


Associate Professor Greg Fealy

Greg Fealy holds a joint appointment as fellow and senior lecturer in Southeast Asian politics at the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, and the Faculty of Asian Studies, The Australian National University, Canberra. His main research interests are Islam and post-independence Indonesian politics. He gained his PhD from Monash University in 1998 with a study of the history of Nahdlatul Ulama, published in Indonesian under the title Ijtihad Politik Ulama: Sejarah NU, 1952-1967. He is the co-author of Joining the Caravan? The Middle East, Islamism and Indonesia (2005); Radical Islam and Terrorism in Indonesia (2005); and Zealous Democrats: Islamism in Egypt, Indonesia and Turkey (2008). He is also co-editor of Expressing Islam: Religious Life and Politics in Indonesia (2008); Voices of Islam in Southeast Asia: A Contemporary Sourcebook (2006); Local Power and Politics in Indonesia: Decentralisation and Democratisation (2003); and Nahdlatul Ulama, Traditionalism and Modernity in Indonesia (1995). He was the C.V. Starr Visiting Professor in Indonesian Politics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, Washington DC, in 2003, and has been a consultant to AusAID, USAID, The Asia Foundation and BP. From 1997 to 1999 he was an Indonesia analyst at the Australian Government's Office of National Assessments.


Associate Professor Michael Feener

R. Michael Feener is Research Leader of the Religion and Globalization Research Cluster at the Asia Research Institute, and Associate Professor of History at the National University of Singapore. Previously he taught at Reed College, and the University of California, Riverside. He has also held visiting professor positions and research fellowships at Kyoto University, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris), the University of Copenhagen, The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art (Honolulu), and the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) in Leiden. Born in Salem, Massachusetts, he was trained in Islamic Studies and foreign languages at Boston University as well as in Indonesia, Egypt, and the Yemen. His books include Shari'a and Social Engineering: The Implementation of Islamic Law in Contemporary AcehMuslim Legal Thought in Modern Indonesia; Shi'ism and Beyond: 'Alid Piety in Muslim Southeast Asia (with Chiara Formichi); Proselytizing and the Limits of Pluralism in Contemporary Asia (with Juliana Finucane); From the Ground Up: Perspectives on Post-Tsunami and Post-Conflict Aceh (with Patrick Daly & Anthony Reid); Mapping the Acehnese Past (with Patrick Daly & Anthony Reid); Islamic Connections: Muslim Societies of South and Southeast Asia (with Terenjit Sevea); Islamic Law in Contemporary Indonesia: Ideas and Institutions (with Mark Cammack); and Islam in World Cultures: Comparative Perspectives.

ALC_Hooker_M.B  Professor M.B. Hooker

Professor M.B. Hooker is Adjunct Professor of the Faculty of Law at Australian National University and was previously Professor of Comparative Law at the University of Kent at Canterbury. He is regarded as a world authority on Islamic law and traditional customary law in Southeast Asia and is a Founder and Co-editor of the Australian Journal of Asian Law. Notable publications include Indonesian Syariah: Defining a National Islamic Law (ISEAS Singapore, 2008).


CILIS_Hooker_Virginia  Professor Virginia Hooker

Professor Virginia Hooker was Professor of Indonesian and Malay in the Faculty of Asian Studies, the Australian National University, Canberra until early 2007. Her research interests are Islam in Indonesia; instructional literature for Muslim women; and Islam and democratisation in Indonesia. She has secured several research grants for projects on the contemporary expression of Islam in Indonesia.

Professor Hooker's publications include Voices of Islam in Southeast Asia: A Contemporary Sourcebook (with Greg Fealy, 2006); Writing a New Society: Social Change Through the Novel in Malay (2000); Perceptions of the Haj: Five Malay Texts (with A.C. Milner, 1984); and Tuhfat al-Nafis Sejarah Melayu Islam (1991, reprinted as a Karya Agung in 1998). 


CILIS_Indrayana_Denny  Professor Denny Indrayana

Professor Denny Indrayana, who received his PhD from the University of Melbourne Law School, is a passionate and internationally-recognised anti-corruption campaigner who has played a leading role in law reform efforts in his own country. Before being sworn in as Vice Minister of Law and Human Rights of the Republic of Indonesia, Professor Indrayana was a Special Advisor for Legal Affairs, Human Rights and Anti-corruption to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Chairman of the Centre for the Study of Anti-Corruption in the Faculty of Law at Gadjah Mada University, and directed the Indonesian Court Monitoring NGO. In 2009, Professor Indrayana was awarded the prestigious Australian Alumni Award for his significant contribution to Indonesian society. Professor Indrayana is also a well-known and influential author who has written hundreds of articles and books, including Indonesian Constitutional Reform 1999–2002, An Evaluation of Constitution-Making in Transition (2008) and most recently, Cerita di Balik Berita: Jihad Melawan Mafia (The Story behind the News: Crusade against the Mafia).


Associate Professor David Linnan

David Linnan is a scholar of comparative, economic and public international law with a special interest in Asian law. He studied humanities at Emory University (BA 1976) and law at the University of Chicago (JD 1979), where he was comment editor of the law review. He was in private law practice for six years in Los Angeles and has held research or teaching appointments elsewhere at the University of South Carolina-Columbia, the University of Washington-Seattle, the Australian National University in Canberra (RSPAS & Faculty of Law), the University of Melbourne, the University of Indonesia Faculty of Law and Graduate Law Program in Jakarta (separately), and the Max-Planck-Institut (Strafrecht), Freiburg i.Br., Germany.

Since 2000, he has been the Program Director for the Law & Finance Institutional Partnership, a legal and financial sector reform project run from Jakarta now as an academic consortium of Indonesian and foreign universities.



Professor Todung Mulya Lubis

Dr Todung Mulya Lubis is one of Indonesia's leading human rights lawyers and most influential legal thinkers. He completed his undergraduate Law degree at the University of Indonesia (1974); his LLM at the University of California, Berkeley; a second LLM at Harvard Law School; and his JSD at the University of California, Berkeley. He has been a senior Adjunct Membre of the Faculty of Law, University of Indonesia since 1990, where he was first appointed in 1975. From 1980-1983, he was Director of Indonesia's famous dissident NGO, the Legal Aid Foundation, where he worked for many years. His influential 1983 scholarly book In Search of Human Rights: Legal-Political Dilemmas of Indonesia's New Order 1966-1990 played an important role in defining democratic thinking about human rights in Indonesia. Dr Lubis is also Founding and Senior Partner of a prominent law firm in Jakarta and has been lead counsel in a number of major human rights cases, often on a pro bono basis. These include acting for the Bali Nine in an attempt to convince Indonesia's Constitutional Court to abolish the death sentence and against President Soeharto. He has also held a series of senior government appointments. In 2014, he was appointed as Honorary Professor at the Melbourne Law School, The University of Melbourne.


Professor Jamhari Makruf

Professor Jamhari Makruf is lecturer and Deputy Rector (Academic) at the Universitas Islam Negeri (UIN) Syarif Hidayatullah in Jakarta. Having received a PhD in anthropology from the Australian National University, Professor Jamhari is a reputed researcher on Islamic studies with a focus on the installation of democracy in Islamic society and Muslim's compatibility with civil society. Among his current interests and concerns is the aggravated poverty in rural areas as an underlying root cause for the upsurge of religious fundamentalism. Professor Jamhari facilitates the interdisciplinary research activities of PPIM-UIN Jakarta, which are designed to enhance mutual understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims. He grapples with injustice against Muslim communities due to misperceptions, and explores the contemporary significance of Islam through the linkage with Western value systems. His publications include Islamic Contemporary Movement: The Rise of Islamic Radicalism (Logos, 2004).

ALC_Nasution_AdnanBuyung  Professor Dr Iur Adnan Buyung Nasution

Professor Dr Iur Adnan Buyung Nasution is widely regarded as Indonesia’s leading advocate and trial lawyer. He is a pioneer of legal aid and law reform, as well as being a key figure in the development of human rights law and constitutionalism in Indonesia.

In 2010, he was appointed as Honorary Professorial Fellow in the Melbourne Law School, in recognition of his huge contribution to constitutional studies and scholarship on Indonesian law, and his commitment to building the rule of law in his home country.



Professor Merle Ricklefs

M. C. Ricklefs is Professor Emeritus of the Australian National University and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. He is a scholar of the history and current affairs of Indonesia, whose recent publications have concentrated particularly on the role of Islam in recent and contemporary Java. Professor Ricklefs was formerly Director of the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at the Australian National University and more recently Professor of History at the National University of Singapore. He has also held appointments at The School of Oriental and African Studies (London University), Monash University (where he was Professor of History from 1980 to 1993) and All Souls College, and was foundation Director of the Melbourne Institute of Asian Languages and Societies. His major books include Jogjakarta under Sultan Mangkubumi, 1749–1792 (1974); War, Culture and Economy in Java, 1677–1726 (1993); The Seen and Unseen Worlds in Java, 1726–49 (1998); Mystic Synthesis in Java: A History of Islamisation from the Fourteenth to the Early Nineteenth Centuries (2006); Polarising Javanese Society: Islamic and Other Visions c.1830-1930 (2007); Islamisation and its Opponents in Java: A Political, Social, Cultural and Religious History, c. 1930 to the Present (2012); and A History of Modern Indonesia (4th English edition and 3rd Indonesian-language edition both 2008). He edited and co-authored A New History of Southeast Asia (2010).

He is sectional editor for Southeast Asia for the new 3rd edition of Encyclopaedia of Islam (16 vols. ,now appearing in fascicules) and co-editor of both the Southeast Asia series of Handbuch der Orientalistik and the Southeast Asia Library (SEAL) monograph series, both published by Brill. He is currently a member of the editorial boards of Studia Islamika, Journal of Indonesian Islam and Journal of Southeast Asian Studies.

In 2010, he was elected as an erelid (Honorary Member) of the Netherlands Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde.

ALC_Tabalujan_Benny  Associate Professor Benny Tabalujan

Associate Professor Benny Tabalujan has a Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws from Monash University and a Master of Laws and PhD (Law) from the University of Melbourne. He was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia in 1985. He was previously a corporate and commercial lawyer with Minter Ellison and worked in Melbourne and Hong Kong before becoming an award-wining academic at the Nanyang Business School in Singapore.

Associate Professor Tabalujan is now director of a private consulting firm and a Principal Fellow at the Melbourne Business School, where he teaches in the MBA program. He is regarded as a leading authority on corporate governance, ethics and regulation in the Southeast Asian region.




CILIS Associates



Dr Dina Afrianty

Dr Dina Afrianty is a researcher at the Institute for Religion, Politics and Society, Australian Catholic University, and affiliated with the International Relations Department at the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (FISIP) and International Cooperation and Institutional Development at the Center for the Study of Islam and Society (PPIM), both at the State Islamic University (UIN) Syarif Hidayatullah, Jakarta. Dina completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2010. Dina is also the editor of Studia Islamika, an international journal of Islam in Southeast Asia, published by PPIM.


Dr Melissa Crouch

Dr Melissa Crouch is a lecturer in the Law Faculty at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. Prior to this, she was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Asian Legal Studies, the Law Faculty, the National University of Singapore. In 2012, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the International Institute of Asian Studies in Leiden, the Netherlands. She has previously been a Principal Researcher at the Asian Law Centre and a Research Fellow at the Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne, Australia. Melissa obtained a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws from the University of Melbourne in 2007. In March 2012, she obtained her PhD, also from the University of Melbourne. Melissa's research has primarily focused on issues of law and society in Southeast Asia, particularly Indonesia and Myanmar. She is the author of Law and Religion in Indonesia: Conflict and the Courts in West Java (Routledge, 2013). Melissa's current research focus is on the law reform process in Myanmar, particularly public law. She is also conducting research on Islam in Southeast Asia with a focus on Myanmar.  Melissa may be contacted via her website at:


Mr Arjuna Dibley

Arjuna Dibley is a lawyer at the global law firm Baker & McKenzie, where he works across the Dispute Resolution and Environmental Markets practices. Arjuna has worked in the Firm’s Jakarta offices and has been involved in many of the Firm’s Asian engagement initiatives. Arjuna has previously worked as a researcher of Indonesian environmental, constitutional and criminal law at the University of Melbourne’s Asian Law Centre and at the ANU.

In his spare time, Arjuna runs a not-for-profit called the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association, an organisation which aims to better connect young Australians and Indonesians to one another, and to better engage young people to develop an interest in the bilateral relationship.

Arjuna has spent over a decade living, working and studying in Indonesia, including a year researching the Indonesian Constitutional Court as a Prime-Minister's Australia Asia Award scholar.


Mr Stewart Fenwick

Stewart Fenwick has been a consultant on legal reform initiatives for several years, and between 2004-2008 managed Australia's legal and human rights reform program in Jakarta. He has experience as a legal practitioner in both the private and public sector, and served with the UNHCR in Mongolia, where he also taught at the National University between 2000-2001. Stewart currently works in judicial administration and is undertaking a PhD at Melbourne in Indonesian and Islamic law. He holds undergraduate degrees from Melbourne (Arts/Law) and an LLM (International Law) from the ANU.


Dr Susi Dwi Harijanti

Susi Dwi Harijanti (PhD in Law, The University of Melbourne, Australia, 2011; Master of Laws (LLM), The University of Melbourne, Australia, 1998; Sarjana Hukum (S.H.), Faculty of Law, Padjadjaran University, Bandung, Indonesia, 1990) is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, Padjadjaran University, Bandung, Indonesia. She was a member of the Editorial Board of Law Journal, Faculty of Law, Padjadjaran University (1998-2000) and head of the Constitutional Law Department, Faculty of Law, Padjadjaran University (2007-2010). She is currently the Director of the Indonesian Community for Human Rights (PAHAM), Faculty of Law, Padjadjaran University (2007-present).


Dr Nadirsyah Hosen

Dr Nadirsyah Hosen was appointed as lecturer at the Law Faculty, University of Wollongong in 2007, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2009. He has a Bachelors degree (UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta), a Graduate Diploma in Islamic Studies, and Master of Arts with Honours (University of New England), as well as a Master of Laws in Comparative Law (Northern Territory University).

He completed his first PhD (Law) at the University of Wollongong and a second PhD (Islamic Law) at the National University of Singapore. He then worked for two years as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at TC. Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland, where he taught 'comparative anti-terrorism law and policy' for LLM program. In June 2006, he was a visiting research fellow at the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (IDSS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. In June 2008, he was a visiting research fellow at Center for Integrative and Development Studies, the University of the Philippines.

His articles have been published in internationally recognised and refereed journals such as the Nordic Journal of International Law (Lund University), Asia Pacific Law Review (City University of Hong Kong), Australian Journal of Asian Law (University of Melbourne), European Journal of Law Reform (Indiana University), Asia Pacific Journals on Human Rights and the Law (Murdoch University), Journal of Islamic Studies (Oxford University), and Journal of Southeast Asian Studies (Cambridge University).

Nadir is internationally known for his expertise on Shari'a and Indonesian law. He has been invited (and funded) as a speaker for seminars or public lectures in Australia (ANU, University of Melbourne, Griffith University and University of Western Australia) and overseas (National University of Singapore, Leiden University, Brawijaya University and Columbia University). These invitations are a reflection of his standing and also enrich the existing international reputation of the Faculty of Law.

He is the author of Human Rights, Politics and Corruption in Indonesia: A Critical Reflection on the Post Soeharto Era, (Republic of Letters Publishing, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, 2010); Shari'a and Constitutional Reform in Indonesia (Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore, 2007); a co-editor (with Joseph Liow) of Islam in Southeast Asia, 4 volumes, (Routledge, London, 2010); and a co-editor (with Richard Mohr) of Law and Religion in Public Life: The Contemporary Debate (Routledge, London, 2011 -forthcoming).


Dr Jeremy Kingsley

Dr Jeremy Kingsley is a Senior Research Fellow at the Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore. Jeremy is a legal and political anthropologist. As a formally-trained lawyer he brings an interdisciplinary academic background to his studies. Jeremy’s received his LLM and PhD degrees in Law at the University of Melbourne and his BA and LLB from Deakin University.
His research focuses primarily upon religious and political authority in Indonesia and how this affects local governance. He is finalizing his sole-authored manuscript, Local Governance and Religious Authority in Eastern Indonesia – An Abode of Islam, and has co-edited a special edition of the Asian Journal of Social Sciences, Muslim Religious Authority in Modern Asia (forthcoming). He is now looking at this notion of authority and the interconnections between Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Jeremy has completed a two-year Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Asia
Research Institute, National University of Singapore (NUS), as well as having lectured at Tembusu College, also at NUS. Jeremy has undertaken extensive field research primarily on the eastern Indonesian island of Lombok. His work has been published in academic and public affairs journals. Jeremy is currently undertaking a research project entitled: “Networks and Interconnection: Contemporary educational encounters between Southeast Asian Muslims and the Middle East”.



Mr Tim Mann

Tim Mann joined the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society in 2015 as editor of the Indonesia at Melbourne blog. Tim has recently returned to Australia after living and working in Indonesia for several years. Between 2011 and November 2014, Tim worked as a program officer at The Asia Foundation, where he had the opportunity to partner with a broad range of Indonesian civil society organisations implementing programs in religious freedom, human rights, media development, public policy research and civic participation. In addition to his work with the Foundation, Tim has experience in a number of media and civil society organisations in Australia and Indonesia. Tim began his career as a veterinarian, and spent one year working on an orangutan rehabilitation centre in Central Kalimantan, before making the transition to development. Tim holds a Master of Development Studies from the University of Melbourne.


Dr Dave McRae

Dave McRae is a Senior Research Fellow, Asia Institute, The University of Melbourne. He was previously a Research Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy and a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Political and Social Change, Australian National University. Dave McRae has researched conflict, politics, democratisation and human rights issues in Indonesia for over a decade. He wrote his Ph.D. at the Australian National University on post-authoritarian inter-religious violence in Indonesia, explaining why civil war intensity violence could suddenly occur in a previously quiescent region. As Lead Researcher for the World Bank’s Conflict and Development Team in Indonesia between 2008 and 2010 he led a research program on interventions to prevent conflict and address its impacts. Prior to this, he worked for the Jakarta office of the International Crisis Group between 2004 and 2006, researching and writing reports on most of Indonesia’s major conflict areas.

Dave holds a Bachelor of Asian Studies (Specialist-Indonesian) degree with honours and university medal from the Australian National University, as well as a Ph.D. in Southeast Asian Studies. He speaks fluent Indonesian.

His book, A Few Poorly Organized Men: Interreligious Violence in Poso, Indonesia was published by Brill in 2013.


Dr Antje Missbach

Antje is a McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow to research ‘Heading Down-under: Migration Challenges of Conflict Refugees in the Indonesian Limbo’. Her present research project deals with transit migration in Indonesia. In particular, she is interested in how conflict-generated refugees and asylum seekers deal with the ‘protractedness’ of being stuck in limbo – unable to return to their countries of origin, integrate into temporary host societies or relocate to permanent resettlement countries. She spent extensive time in the field in order to collect material for her latest project. Antje studied Southeast Asian Studies and European Ethnology at Humboldt University in Berlin and obtained her PhD from the Australian National University, Canberra in 2010. Her previous research concentrated on the long-distance politics of the Acehnese Diaspora, which brought her to Malaysia, Aceh, Scandinavia, Australia and the USA. Her book Politics and Conflict in Indonesia: The Role of the Acehnese Diaspora was published in 2011 by Routledge and translated into Indonesian in 2012. Before coming to Melbourne, she held positions as post-doctoral fellow at the Berlin Graduate School for Muslim Cultures and Societies and as lecturer at the Ruprecht-Karls University in Heidelberg.


Dr Arskal Salim

Dr. Arskal Salim is a scholar of law in Muslim societies. He completed his early education mainly in Indonesia, and was trained in both Muslim traditional and modern school systems. Having graduated from the IAIN (State Institute for Islamic Studies) of Jakarta with a BA in Shari’ah law and an MA in Islamic Studies, he went to McGill University, Canada, for a two-semester postgraduate studentship. In late 2006, after receiving his PhD from Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne, he took up a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany. He then moved to London in 2009 and was Assistant Professor at the Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations until 2012 when he left to take up his appointment at the University of Western Sydney.

Arskal’s early research focused on Islamic legal theory and political Islam. His area of research interest then shifted and expanded during the course of completing his PhD (2002-2006) and the postdoctoral ethnographic fieldwork in Aceh that followed (2007-2009). He began studying the interaction between Islamic jurisprudences and politics, constitutionalism, human rights and legal anthropology in various contexts within Indonesian Islam. The events over the past two years associated with the Arab Spring has prompted a growing interest in the comparative constitutional law of Muslim countries. On numerous occasions, Arskal has been invited to present papers based on his comparison of the position of religious law (Sharia) in the respective constitutions of Tunisia, Egypt and Indonesia. 


Dr Kerstin Steiner

Dr Kerstin Steiner was appointed as an Associate of the Centre in 2008 and is currently senior lecturer at the Department of Law and Taxation, Monash Business School, Monash University. 

Her research interests include the study of Southeast Asian legal systems, covering matters of comparative law methodology when undertaking Southeast Asian legal studies; notions of legal pluralism, in particular as regards the applicability of traditional and Islamic law in Southeast Asia; and implementation, adaptation and interpretation of international law in the Southeast Asian context.

She has presented her research at conferences and seminars nationally and has been asked to give presentations and lectures organised by or held at a range of highly regarded institutions including the University of Oxford; the Johns Hopkins Institute; the University of Melbourne; the University of Warwick; the National University of Singapore; the Social Science Centre, Berlin; the University of Malaya;  and the International Islamic University.

She has also held visiting positions at various prestigious international institutions, including the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at Oxford University; ASLI at National University of Singapore; the Department of Syariah and Law, Academy of Islamic Studies, University of Malaya; and the Graduate School of Politics and Law at Osaka University.

Ms Cate Sumner

For over 20 years, Cate Sumner has worked in the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific, focusing on access to justice, human rights and judicial reform. She is the author of a number of publications on access to the Religious Courts for women and the poor. She is currently working with the Australia Indonesia Partnership for Justice (supported by AusAID) on a Legal Identity Programme looking at increasing access to legal identity documents (birth certificates, marriage certificates and divorce certificates) for women who are poor, vulnerable children and people with disability. Cate studied at Monash University (Arts/ Law) and the University of Brussels (Masters of International and Comparative Law).