This international conference focuses on adat law in Indonesia a century after the Adat Law Foundation (Adatrechtstichting) was set up in Leiden in 1917 by Van Vollenhoven and Snouck Hurgronje. In the decades that followed the Adat Law Foundation published dozens of studies on adat law based on one of the largest research projects ever conducted from the Law Faculty of Leiden University. In present-day Indonesia adat law continues to be of great importance. In December 2016 for example, for the first time in Indonesian history, President Joko Widodo recognized the land rights of a number of adat communities from various parts of the country. This conference will bring adat law researchers and professionals together in order to analyse the current status of adat law in Indonesia and the most pertinent issues. This calls for an approach that, besides the legal perspective, also takes account of social, economic and political contexts. A comparison between the approach of the Leiden Adat Law School and the more recent approaches in academic research and in Indonesian policy practice is also in order.
This conference is organized by The Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Society (VVI) and KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies and was made possible by the contribution of the Adatrechtfonds, LUF, AMT and the VVI.
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