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The leading Indonesian legal scholar, politician and Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court of Indonesia Mohammad Mahfud MD will discuss constitutional and legal reform in his country at the Crawford School of Public Policy on Monday.
Professor Mahfud is well known in his country as a public commentator, particularly in the area of human rights. Prior to his appointment as Chief Justice, he enjoyed a long career in politics, including serving as both Minister of Defence and Minister of Justice and Human Rights. Since 1984, he has also been a Professor of Constitutional Law at the Indonesian Islamic University in Yogyakarta.
Born in Madura, East Java, Professor Mahfud became a Judge at the Constitutional Court of Indonesia in April 2008, and Chief Justice in August of that year. He holds a Masters in Political Science and a Doctorate in Constitutional Law.
His talk on Monday, ‘Pluralism vs intolerance: A constitutional and legal review in Indonesia’, is presented by the Centre for Democratic Institutions, Crawford School of Public Policy and the Department of Political and Social Change at ANU, in partnership with the Asian Law Centre at the University of Melbourne. The talk will be followed by a Q&A moderated by Dr Tim Lindsey form the Asian Law Centre.