Daniel Peterson

Daniel is completing his PhD in legal Islamisation at the Institute for Religion, Politics and Society at Australian Catholic University. He also interprets and summarises Southeast Asian Islamic legal sources for SHARIAsource, a shari'a database initiative of the Harvard Law School's Islamic Legal Studies Program. He is an associate of the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society (CILIS) at the University of Melbourne.

Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI) head Grace Natalie has been accused of blasphemy for remarks she made on shari’a-inspired local regulations. Is there now no room for non-Muslims to comment on religion in public? Daniel Peterson examines the case against her.

Indonesia’s Constitutional Court will today hold a fifth hearing on a legal challenge to the Criminal Code that seeks to criminalise same-sex intercourse between consenting adults. PhD candidate Daniel Peterson writes that the Court’s approach when it upheld the Blasphemy Law in 2009 suggests that the outlook for Indonesia’s LGBT community is bleak.