Justice of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Indonesia,
Saldi Isra is the Deputy Chief Justice of the Indonesian Constitutional Court. He was born on August 20, 1968, and was proposed to President Joko Widodo by the justice selection committee (Pansel) of the Constitutional Court (MK) on April 3, 2017. In addition to Saldi, the committee at that time also proposed two other candidates—Nusa Cendana University (NTT) lecturer Bernard L. Tanya and former Director General of Legislation of the Ministry of Law and Human Rights Wicipto Setiadi.
He taught at Andalas University for almost 22 years while continuing his postgraduate studies. He graduated with a master’s in public administration at the University of Malaya, Malaysia in 2001. In 2009, Saldi graduated cum laude with a doctorate degree from Gadjah Mada University Yogyakarta. A year later, he was appointed an honorary professor of constitutional law at Andalas University.
Prof. Jimly Asshiddiqie
The 1st Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court of Indonesia, 2003-2008,
Professor Jimly Asshiddiqie was the 1st Chief Justice of Indonesian Constitutional Court. He is also a Professor at the University of Indonesia. He obtained his Bachelor of Law from University of Indonesia in 1982, Master of Law in 1987, and Doctoral degree in 1990. He has written various books and paper concerning constitutional law and its development in order to develop Indonesia government system. He also promoted various legal and law training program at Jimly School of Law and Government in Jakarta that was established in 2017.
Prof. Marvic Mario Victor F. Leonen*
Senior Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the Philippines, Philippines
Marvic M.V.F. Leonen is currently the Senior Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. He is the Former Dean and Professor of Law at the University of the Philippines College of Law since 1989. He graduated with an AB Economics degree, magna cum laude, from the School of Economics in 1983. He obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree from the College of Law in 1987 ranking fourth. Later that year, he cofounded the Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center, Inc, a legal and policy research and advocacy insitution which focused on providing legal services for upland rural poor and indigenous people’s communities. He served as the Center’s executive director for fifteen years. He also earned a Master of Laws degree from the Columbia Law School of the Columbia University in New York.
Prof. Tim Lindsey
Malcolm Smith Chair of Asian Law and Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor at Melbourne Law School,
Tim Lindsey AO FAHA FAIIA is Malcolm Smith Professor of Asian Law, Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society at the Melbourne Law School. He holds a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Letters from the University of Melbourne, where he completed his PhD thesis in Indonesian studies. A specialist in a wide range of aspects of Indonesian law, he has won national and university teaching awards. Tim is a member of the Victorian Bar. His more than 100 publications include Indonesia: Law and Society; Islam, Law and the State in Southeast Asia (three volumes); The Indonesian Constitution; Religion, Law and Intolerance in Indonesia; Strangers Next Door: Indonesia and Australia in the Asian Century; Indonesian Law; Crime and Punishment in Indonesia; and Islam, Education and Radicalism in Indonesia. He is a founder and an executive editor of The Australian Journal of Asian Law
Prof. Simon Butt
Director of the Centre for Asian and Pacific Law at the University of Sydney Law School,
Simon is Director of the Centre for Asian and Pacific Law at the University of Sydney Law School (CAPLUS).He also serves on the Executive of the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre (SSEAC). Fluent in Indonesian, Simon has consulted on Indonesian law to the private and public sectors, and has provided advice and expert opinions about Indonesian law for litigation in the US, UK, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia.
Prior to joining the faculty as Senior Lecturer, Simon worked as a consultant on the Indonesian legal system to the Australian government, the private sector and international organisations, including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ). He has taught in over 70 law courses in Indonesia on a diverse range of topics, including intellectual property, Indonesian criminal law, Indonesian terrorism law and legislative drafting. He is fluent in Indonesian.
In 2008, Simon's thesis titled Judicial Review in Indonesia: Between Civil Law and Accountability? A Study of Constitutional Court Decisions 2003-2005 was awarded the University of Melbourne Chancellor's Prize for Excellence in the PhD Thesis. Simon 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).
Prof. Zoltán Szente
Institute for Legal Studies, Hungary,
Zoltán Szente is a Research Professor at the Institute for Legal Studies of the Centre for Social Sciences, Budapest. Since the mid-1990s, he has been a member (since 2013 the Vice-Chairman) of the Group of Independent Experts, Council of Europe. Professor Szente is a co-founder of the Research Group on Constitutional Interpretation of the International Association of Constitutional Law. He has published widely on Hungarian and comparative constitutional law, constitutional theory, parliamentary law, local government and European constitutional history in Hungarian, English, German, Spanish, Russian and Croatian. Among his recent publications are New Challenges to Constitutional Adjudication in Europe: A Comparative Perspective (Routledge, 2018, co-ed. with Fruzsina Gárdos-Orosz), Stepping Into the Same River Twice? Judicial Independence in Old and New Authoritarianism, German Law Journal 22(7) 2021, Populist Challenges to Constitutional Interpretation in Europe and Beyond (Routledge, 2021, co-ed. with Fruzsina Gárdos-Orosz), Constitutional Law in Hungary (Wolters Kluwer, 2022); Constitutional Changes in Populist Times, Review of Central and East European Law 47(1) 2022, The Myth of Populist Constitutionalism in Hungary and Poland: Populist or Authoritarian Constitutionalism? International Journal of Constitutional Law 21(1), 2023.
Prof. Sang-hyeon Jeon
Seoul National University School of Law,
Professor Sang-Hyeon Jeon is an associate professor of Seoul National University School of Law (SNU Law). Currently, he is lecturing on constitutional law and serving as a director of the Center for Future Scholars at SNU Law. His area of expertise includes theories of constitutional interpretation, the judicial system and the Constitutional Court of Korea, and general theories of constitutional rights. Before joining the SNU Law, he worked as a constitutional rapporteur (research officer) at the Constitutional Court of Korea(2004-2013), and was an associate professor of Hanyang University School of Law(2013-2015). Professor Sang-Hyeon Jeon graduated the Department of Communication in College of Social Science at SNU (1998), studied at Fordham Law School in the United States (LL.M. 2008-2009), and obtained Ph.D. from SNU Law (“A Study on the Constitutional Rights of Corporations under the U.S. Constitutional law” 2017).
Prof. Manuel Adrián Merino Menjívar
Gerardo Barrios University of El Salvador,
Graduated with honors from the Law Degree from the University of El Salvador. Master’s Degree in Constitutional Law from the Dr. José Matías Delgado University, graduated with honors (El Salvador). Master’s Degree in Fundamental Rights from the Carlos III University of Madrid (Spain). Professor of Constitutional Law at the undergraduate and master’s levels at the Gerardo Barrios University of El Salvador. Visiting Professor of the National Council of the Judiciary and the Supreme Court of Justice of El Salvador. He is the author of the book “La extinción de dominio en El Salvador. Teoría y práctica [Domain Extinction in El Salvador. Theory and Practice]”, and several articles and book chapters both nationally and internationally. He is in charge of writing the report on El Salvador for the International Review of Constitutional Reform and the Global Review of Constitutional Law, both edited by the University of Texas at Austin. He has been an invited speaker at various universities in El Salvador and recently at the Global Summit on Constitutionalism, held at the University of Texas at Austin in March 2023. He was a Law Clerk at the Constitutional Chamber of El Salvador (2017-2021) and currently he is Legal Adviser to the Attorney General of the Republic.
Prof. Mirza Satria Buana
Centre for Human Rights, Lambung Mangkurat University (PUSHAM ULM),
Prof. Buana is a lecturer at the Faculty of Law, Lambung Mangkurat University, South Kalimantan, Indonesia. He is a scholar in human rights, legal pluralism, and comparative law. He received an LL.B from the Faculty of Law, Lambung Mangkurat University (2001-2005). He holds a LLM from the School of Law, Islamic University of Indonesia (2008-2010), and a Ph.D. from TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland, Australia (2012-2017). He received a prestigious grant, Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Pritzker School of Law, Northwestern University from 2021 to 2022. Prof. Buana has published several scholarly articles, books, and chapters with leading publishers in Indonesia, Australia, and Southeast Asia, in the areas of constitutional law, human rights, and legal pluralism. He is a vice chairman of SEPAHAM (The Consortium of Indonesian Human Rights Lecturers), and ASSLESI (The Association of Indonesian Socio-Legal Studies). He is the chairman of Centre for Human Rights, Lambung Mangkurat University (PUSHAM ULM).
Fritz Edward Siregar, Ph.D.
Indonesia Jentera School of Law,
On April 11, 2017, the President of the Republic of Indonesia appointed Fritz Edward Siregar to the Indonesia Election Supervisory Board for the 2017-2022 term. Fritz finished his doctoral studies at the University of New South Wales in Australia in June 2016. Fritz's dissertation research focuses on the Indonesia Constitutional Court's judicial behavior and judicialization. Fritz completed his Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from the Faculty of Law at the University of Indonesia. He obtained a Master of Laws (LL.M) from Erasmus University Rotterdam. Fritz served as Justice Assistant to Justice Maruarar Siahaan in 2004–2009 and was the first generation of the Indonesia Constitutional Court. During his tenure as Election Supervisory Board's, Fritz is accountable for all Bawaslu regulations that apply countrywide. He is also in charge of and coordinates the Social Media Campaign Regulation and the Campaign Fund. Fritz was appointed Vice Dean of Academic of Indonesia Jentera School of Law after completing his term. Fritz has also been named to the Global Network on Electoral Justice's Scientific Committee for the year 2022-2027. Fritz is a constitutional law lecturer who teaches and writes about Constitutional Law, Constitutional Court Law, Election Law, and Election Legal Dispute Mechanism.
Dr. Mónica Castillejos-Aragón
Lecturer in Legal Studies, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law,
Dr. Mónica Castillejos-Aragón is an internationally trained attorney and a lecturer in legal studies at UC Berkeley Law School. She has reported extensively on courts and politics from a comparative perspective and international justice. Her research focuses on the impacts on democracy and the rule of law, including the strengthening or stabilization of the rule of law and the consolidation of democratic institutions, including judiciaries across the globe. She served four years as a legal advisor to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers and contributed to drafting dozens of thematic reports and interventions on contemporary challenges to the independence of judges and lawyers worldwide, annually presented before the UN Human Rights Council, the General Assembly, and international tribunals. She clerked for four years at the Supreme Court of Mexico and conducted professional visits to judiciaries in the United States and India. She has worked for a number of human rights organizations and UN agencies, where she has attained wide-ranging experience engaging in the rule of law, peacebuilding, and international justice in various parts of the world. Dr. Castillejos-Aragón received a J.S.D (Doctor in the Science of Law) and LL.M (Master of Laws) from UC Berkeley School of Law, and an LL.B (Licenciada en Derecho) from ITAM Department of Law, Mexico.
Dr. Idul Rishan
Faculty of Law at the Islamic University of Indonesia,
Idul Rishan lived in the Special Province of Jogjakarta, Indonesia. He finished his Bachelor in Law at the Faculty of Law at the Islamic University of Indonesia in 2010. He continued to study and completed his Master of Law and Doctoral in Law in 2018 at the Faculty of Law, Gadjah Mada University. He is currently working as a lecturer in the Department of Constitutional Law at FH UII. He has quite an interest in the fields of law, politics, and the judiciary."
Osayd Awawda, Ph.D.
Hebron University, Palestine,
Osayd Awawda is a certified legal translator, a practicing lawyer, and an Assistant Professor of Constitutional Law at Hebron University, Palestine. He teaches Public Law courses, Research Methods, and Research Seminar. He holds an LLB from Birzeit University with distinction, an LLM with second-degree honor, and a PhD with excellence from Melbourne Law School, Australia. His Ph.D. thesis, which is not available as a book, was entitled: “The Palestinian Supreme Constitutional Court: A Critical Assessment of its Independence under the Emergency Regime of the West Bank”. He participated in multiple conferences and published several papers about legal challenges present in Palestine in various fields such as Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Tax Law, Labour Law, International Humanitarian Law, and International Trade Law. He regularly trains the teams of the Faculty of Law and Political Science at Hebron University in moot court competitions, and often appears in media programs to discuss and analyse imminent legal issues in Palestine.
Cekli Setya Pratiwi, LL.M.
the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies - Mahidol University,
Cekli Setya Pratiwi is a Ph.D. Candidate at Mahidol University's Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies and an Associate Professor of Human Rights Law at the University of Muhammadiyah Malang. She holds a Bachelor of Law from Brawijaya University, an LL.M. of International Human Rights Law from Utrecht University, and a Master of Comparative Law from J. Reuben Clark Law School in the USA. Cekli has spoken at various trainings, conferences, and seminars, including the 18th Singapore Graduate Forum of Southeast Asian Studies, the Australia-Indonesia Young Scholars Workshop, the annual master's level course programme on Sharia and Human Rights, and a training programme on "Religion and The Rule of Law" in Myanmar, Vietnam, and Beijing. Her recent publications include the Muslim World Journal of Human Rights, the Journal of Indonesia Law Studies, the Constitutional Review, and the Journal of Southeast Asian Human Rights. Cekli is now Secretary General of the Indonesian Human Rights Lecturers Consortium (SEPAHAM Indonesia). Currently, Cekli is working with the National Commission of Human Rights in Indonesia to design a guideline for Human Rights audits.
Justin B. Apperson
William & Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Virginia,
Justin Apperson is second year juris doctor candidate at William & Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Virginia. Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, he received his bachelor’s degree in history and Spanish from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky in 2014. Until 2021, he worked at the National Center for State Courts, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting rule of law and improving judicial administration in the United States and around the world, as Senior Administrative Specialist under Access to Justice Initiatives and the Language Access Services Section.
At William & Mary, Mr. Apperson is the President of the Labor & Employment Law Society and a staff member of the William & Mary Law Review. He has engaged in internships with the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society Virginia Farmworkers Program, providing legal services to agricultural guestworkers across Virginia, and in the chambers of United States Magistrate Judge Lawrence R. Leonard. Mr. Apperson will complete his degree in December 2024.