Helen Pausacker

Helen Pausacker is the deputy director of the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society and an editor of the Australian Journal of Asian Law. She received her PhD from the Melbourne Law School in 2013.

Incumbent Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama and his running mate, Djarot Saiful Hidayat, have stirred controversy with the release of a pro-diversity campaign video that opponents have accused of being ‘anti-Islam’. Dr Helen Pausacker takes a close look at the video that has Ahok’s detractors so annoyed.

Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, or Ahok, has made plenty of enemies during his time in politics. Helen Pausacker profiles the feisty Jakarta governor as his supporters launch a campaign to allow him to run as an independent for a second term.