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The future of Indonesia’s legal profession: A lawyer’s perspective

  • Tony Budidjaja

Jakarta   /   Thu, April 11 2013   /  10:10 am

Being one of the largest emerging and developing markets in Asia, Indonesia is indeed a key influence in the Asian economy.

As an Indonesian lawyer, I feel proud but at the same time worried about how Indonesia will evolve.

Indonesia’s legal system and infrastructure are outdated and may be ill-suited to keep up with the growth of its economy. While it is believed that Indonesia is becoming one of Asia’s most powerful economies, the country’s legal industry however, is not as powerful as some people may think. At the present moment Indonesia has many challenges to overcome to become an Asian legal superpower.

Indonesia’s biggest challenge is its obsolete and complicated legal system as well as weak legal infrastructure. Since independence in 1945, there has been a general trend toward replacing outdated Dutch laws with those enacted by the legislative body. ...