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Australian Journal of Asian Law

Abstract from Volume 5 No 3 (2003)

Local-level Dispute Resolution in Post-reformasi Indonesia: Lessons from the Philippines

Matthew Stephens BA (Asian Studies), LLB (ANU), LLM (Melb) is currently working as a consultant for the World Bank in Jakarta on community access to justice, dispute resolution and social conflict issues.

Drawing upon extensive field-work, this article addresses the current weakness of the Indonesian legal system; recounts the failure of court-sponsored mediation; describes traditional dispute resolution in Indonesia; and compares this with the Barangay Justice System (BJS) in the Philippines. It concludes that a balanced analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the BJS suggests that a limited trial of the Philippine model in Indonesia would be a worthwhile initiative to blend the strengths of the formal and informal systems and facilitate a mutually beneficial meeting of the traditional with the modern in Indonesian dispute resolution.

(2003) 5(3) Asian Law 213

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