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Australian Journal of Asian Law

Abstract from Volume 7 No 1 (2005)

Shifting Visions of the Social and Legal Order in Indonesia: Implications for Legislative Style and Form

Sarah Waddell is a legal consultant working in Indonesia on a variety of legal development programs. She has a PhD in Indonesian environmental law from Sydney University.

This article suggests that since the fall of the New Order government an opportunity may have emerged to question legislative form and style in Indonesia, particularly where it concerns legislation that deals with the activities of government itself. The past few years have witnessed a revival of constitutional human rights, a fading of the concept of the integralistic state and a concurrent retreat from the promotion of the past official interpretation of Pancasila. A debate is now emerging about legal form and linguistic practices, with significant implications for the law-making effort in Indonesia.

(2005) 7(1) Asian Law 43
   
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