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Reviving omnibus law: Legal option for better coherence

  • Satya Arinanto


Jakarta   /   Wed, November 27, 2019   /  09:27 am
Reviving omnibus law: Legal option for better coherence Omnibus laws will be an important legal choice in the future. This is even more the case if it leads to the simplification or removal of laws, to facilitate efforts to bring justice and prosperity to all. (JP/Ricky Yudhistira)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo unveiled in his inaugural speech a “new” kind of initiative to form omnibus laws. The Oxford Dictionary of English defines “omnibus” as “a volume containing several books previously published separately”, among other definitions. In the latest Black’s Law Dictionary 10th Edition the term “omnibus bill” is, among other ways, defined as follows, “(1) A single bill containing various distinct matters, usually drafted […] to force the executive either to accept all the unrelated minor provisions or veto the major provision; and (2) A bill that deals with all proposals relating to a particular subject, such as […] an ‘omnibus crime bill’ dealing with different subjects such as new crimes and grants to states for crime control.” The Ja...

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