Topic: The role of the Constitutional Court in securing constitutional government in Indonesia

Presenter: Mr Faiz Wijaya - PhD Candidate, TC Beirne School of Law

The fall of Suharto's authoritarian regime in 1998 was followed by constitutional amendments designed to bring fundamental change to the constitutional structure of Indonesia. One was the establishment of a new court separate from the Supreme Court called the Constitutional Court. This was in 2003. The court was established to secure constitutional values, to strengthen the checks and balances mechanism, to protect the human rights of its citizens, and to uphold the democratic principles.

This thesis seeks to evaluate whether the existence of the Indonesian Constitutional Court has significantly contributed to securing constitutional government in Indonesia. It will investigate the influence of landmark decisions made by the Constitutional Court in relation to the elements of constitutionalism. This thesis also examines the Constitutional Court's performance and reflects on some of its controversies, including the friction with the Parliament and criticism concerning judicial activism in the Court.

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