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Adat law 100 years on: Towards a new interpretation? | Leiden Asia Year

May 22 @ 13:30 - 18:00

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The Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Society (VVI), in collaboration with KITLV, will organize an international conference on the importance of adat law in present day Indonesia on 22 May 2017.

In 2017 it will be exactly a century ago that the Adat Law Foundation (Adatrecht-stichting) was established by the renowned Leiden scholars Van Vollenhoven and Snouck Hurgronje. Altogether this foundation would publish some 43 volumes on adat law, as a result of what was probably the largest legal research project ever carried out at Leiden University. The Foundation was dissolved in 1974, but adat law has continued to be a highly topical and socially relevant theme in present day Indonesia, and it still provides the legal basis for the state’s recognition of indigenous communities and their land rights. Such use of adat, however,  is contested. Some argue that  adat law offers the only pathway to justice for many marginalised groups, whereas others question the exclusive and often hierarchical nature of adat communities in a multi-cultural society. This has led to sometimes bitter debates between proponents and opponents of a continued role for adat law.

This international conference aims to provide an update of this ongoing debate and will look at the current legal, social and political meaning of adat law, the way it is being invoked, and how it is being deployed for a variety of purposes. In short: What is the relevance of adat law in present-day Indonesia?

Adriaan Bedner (Van Vollenhoven Institute/ KITLV) will address the current position of adat law in Indonesian land law; David Henley (Leiden Institute of Area Studies) will revisit his seminal article about the revival of tradition in Indonesian politics  in the context of current developments; Keebet von Benda-Beckmann (Max Planck Institute for social Anthropology, Halle/Saale, Germany) will elaborate on  the value of Van Vollenhoven’s analyses in light of current struggles over resources; Sandra Moniaga (Komnas-HAM, Indonesia) will speak about adat communities and human rights; Lily Hoo (World Bank Jakarta) will address issues of indigenous people and social development in Indonesia; and Jacqueline Vel (Van Vollenhoven Institute/ KITLV) will speak about adat law in Sumba in relation to social protection, debts and poverty.

Please register if you wish to attend: ln.vi1490362795nuned1490362795iel.w1490362795al@ne1490362795vohne1490362795llov1490362795

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May 22
13:30 - 18:00
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