Entries by Simon Butt, https://indonesiaatmelbourne.unimelb.edu.au/author/simon-butt/

The 2020 Constitutional Court Law amendments: a ‘gift’ to judges?

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Professor Simon Butt examines the hasty revisions made to the Law on the Constitutional Court, writing that the amendments have given too much independence to judges at the Court.

Amendments spell disaster for the KPK

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National legislators have finally made good on their threats to weaken the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). Professor Simon Butt examines the key provisions in the revised KPK Law.

Should (and could) Indonesia go back to separate legislative and presidential elections?

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Professor Simon Butt examines key legal issues associated with Indonesia's first simultaneous presidential and legislative elections.

Prabowo’s challenge: in search of a legal and evidentiary miracle

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The Constitutional Court will begin hearing Prabowo Subianto's challenge to his election loss on 14 June. Professor Simon Butt takes a close look at his application.

Another threat to the KPK? Constitutional Court sides with the DPR

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On 8 February, the Constitutional Court issued a decision that paves the way for the national legislature (DPR) to compel the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to attend questioning, using its so-called hak angket powers. Professor Simon Butt presents a legal analysis of the decision.

Constitutional Court lets local governments off the leash

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Over the past few months, the Constitutional Court has issued two decisions that will prevent governors and the Ministry of Home Affairs from revoking problematic local bylaws, or perda. Professor Simon Butt writes that while the decisions have yet to cause much controversy, they spell serious trouble for legal certainty and the rule of law.

Why is Ahok in prison? A legal analysis of the decision

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On 9 May, judges sentenced Basuki 'Ahok' Tjahaja Purnama to two years in prison for blasphemy, surprising many, as prosecutors had not pursued a custodial sentence. Professor Simon Butt presents a legal analysis of the decision. What arguments did the court hear and what did it accept?

Weak defence of KPK a sign of growing troubles for Jokowi

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President Joko Widodo could lose civil society support over his failure to defend the Corruption Eradication Commission from attacks from the police, write Professor Tim Lindsey and Associate Professor Simon Butt.

Politics turns death penalty into a game of chance

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Professor Tim Lindsey and Associate Professor Simon Butt comment on the Bali Nine executions and the effect that politics is having on the prisoners' appeals. Photo by Dave McRae.

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