As the largest archipelagic country in the world with more than 17.000 islands. Indonesia has a unique social characteristic which influences the character of the prevailing law. In Indonesia, there are three prevailing and applicable laws in society.

Long before Islam came to Indonesia, the Indonesian society has applied adat law (customary law). Till date, some local communities, adat law is still applied in their social living to resolve disputes in the community, such as family and inheritance cases. The 1945 Constitution recognises the existances of the adat law, and courts may apply this law when the parties are the subject to the adat law.

Moslem as the largest population - more than 80 % - has been shaping the pattern of the applicable law in Indonesia with Islamic law. The Islamic law is applied to islamic civil and bussiness cases, such as family law, inheritance law and islamic finance cases (murahabah, musyarakah). The State also provides a special court for the islamic cases, the Pengadilan Agama (Islamic Court) has jurisdiction to adjudicate cases in Islamic Issues. More over. Indonesia also has a spcecial province which applies Islamic Law. For instance, Nangroe Aceh Darussalam has been authority to apply Islamic Law not only in civil cases, buat also in criminal cases.

Indonesia was the colony of the Netherlands East India administration, therefore it inherits the civil law system. Indonesia recognize legal codification both in substansive and procedural laws in its national law. In the first stage, the codification was designated to reduce legal pluralism in Indonesia. How ever, in reality, the legal pluralism in Indonesian remain exist. Legal pluralism becomes the unique identity for Indonesian legal system in which the three different regimes (adat law, Islamic law and national law) can be harmonized in one Indonesia legal system Established in 1954, Universitas Airlangga Faculty of law is one the oldest faculty of Laws in Indonesia. It is located in Surabaya, the second largest city in Indonesia and also the business centre for the eastern region of Indonesia. the Universitas Airlangga Faculty law becomes the most prominent Faculty of Law in eastern Indonesia that conducts innovative legal research and provides excellent legal education. Todau, Indonesia has a more challenging legal environment, in which there is a huge gap between law in books and law in action. This distinct characteristic may be interesting for foreign legal scholars. Therefore, we invite participants to involve and share ideas an how the legal pluralism in Indonesia contributes to influence the recent development of Indonesia legal system

The Aims of the Summer Course

  1.  To provide basic knowledge on the pluralism pattern of the Indonesian legal system;
  2.  To provide international experience in an academic environment; and
  3.  To introduce Indonesian legal history, culture and diversity.

List Of Courses

The summer course program equals to 5 sks (Indonesian credit semester) and the participants who successfully complete the program may receive certificate at the end of the program.

Excursion In the weekends, during the summer course programme, the participants will be invited to visit some interesting places to see the unique culture, tradition and nature of Indonesia. Some interesting places to be visited include:

  • Suramadu bridge, the longest bridge in Indonesia (5.5 km), connects between Java Island and Madura Island and across the Madura Channel.
  • Surabaya City Tour will be an interesting tour to explore the history of the city and the living of its people.
  • Ancient Majapahit Kingdom Tour will be an unforgettable tour for the participants, because they will visit the site of the greatest ancient kingdom which reigned through Southeast Asian during 13th – 15th AD.
  • Sidoarjo Mud Tour, in this very unique tour the participants will visit mud volcano in Sidoarjo and observe its impact to the living of the people surround it.
  • Bromo Tour, in this tour the participants will visit a very beautiful mountain and see the sunrise from the top of the Bromo Mountain, besides the participant also see the tradition of the Tengger people who living surround the mountain.

The costs for excursion are included into tuition fee.

Time Frame

The Summer course of 2014 will be held on 17 June to  July 2014. The full schedule of the programme can be downloaded here, the schedule is subject to be amended by the organizing committee according to the best consideration.

Admission and Registration

All bachelor and master of laws students, legal scholars or individuals who are interested and shares concern on the current development of Indonesian legal system and its pluralism may participate in this program. If you are interested to this program, you should submit an application. Please kindly read the requirements and fill in the application here.

The Government of the Republic of Indonesia supports this programme in order to introduce the Indonesian legal system to the foreign legal scholars as well as Indonesian culture and promote tourisms to the people around the world. Therefore, the Government of the Republic of Indonesia provides subsidy to this programme and makes the tuition fee lower. Tuition fee for this summer course program is arranged below:



OECD Countries: USD 500,-

IDR 3.500.000,-

The fees shall be paid through banking transfer to the designated bank account. Please be noted that we do not accept payment by credit card. Once you submit your application form, the committee will process your application. If the committee approve your application, an invitation letter and invoice will be sent to your e-mail address and you should make the tuition fee payment promptly.

Arriving and Living in Surabaya

Surabaya is the second largest city in Indonesia and the capital city of East Java. There are so many attractive places in Surabaya as well as the cities around. For more information about arriving and living in Surabaya please click here

List of Lecturers

Prof. Dr. Peter Machmud Mz., S.H., M.S., LL.M. | E. Joeni Arianto Kurniawan, S.H., M.A. | Christiani Widowati, S.H., LL.M. | Prof. Dr. Y. Sogar Simamora, S.H., M.Hum. | Faizal Kurniawan, S.H., LL.M. | Erni Agustin, S.H., LL.M. | Prof. Dr. Sri Hajati, S.H., M.S.| Sulistyowati, S.H., M.H. | Prof. Dr. A. Yudha Hernoko, S.H., M.H. | Dr. Mas Rahmah, S.H., M.H., LL.M. | Fifi Junita, Ph.D. | Prof. Dr. Afdol, S.H., M.S. | Fiska Silvia Rr., S.H., LL.M. | Adi Efendi, LL.B., LL.M. | Dr. Sukardi, S.H., M.H. | Radian Salman, S.H., LL.M. | Indria Wahyuni, S.H., LL.M. | Prof. Dr. Eman Ramelan, S.H., M.S. | Sujayadi, S.H., LL.M. | Maradona, S.H., LL.M. | Endang Sayekti, S.H., M.H. | Herlambang Perdana W., S.H., M.A. | Zendy W.A.W.P., S.H., LL.M. | Prof. Didik Endro P.L., S.H., M.H. | Dr. Sarwirini, S.H., M.S. | Riza Alifianto K., S.H., LL.M. | Prof. Dr. Rahmi Jened, S.H., M.H. | Nurul Barizah, S.H., LL.M., Ph.D. | Dr. Mas Rahmah, S.H., M.H., LL.M.


For further information about this program, please kindly contact our person

Adhy Riadhy, LL.M.
Universitas Airlangga Faculty of Law
Jl. Dharmawangsa Dalam, Surabaya 60286
East Java - Indonesia
Tel. +62 8155 318 2126 | Fax. +62 31 5020454 att. Summer Course

Jl. Dharmawangsa Dalam selatan, Surabaya
Telephone: +62 31 5023151, 5023252 Faksimile: +62 31 5020454
Pos: Fakultas Hukum Universitas Airlangga