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5-minute Lowy Lunch: Courting reform


Sam Roggeveen


10 December 2010 08:51

On Wednesday we hosted two distinguished Indonesia experts, Cate Sumner and Tim Lindsey, to launch their new Lowy Institute paper, Courting Reform: Indonesia's Islamic Courts and Justice for the Poor. Click on the link to download a copy for free or order a hard copy, or listen to their launch presentation here.

We in the West tend to take a rather dim or at least suspicious view of Islamic courts, but this is a good news story. The Islamic court system has been good for Indonesia's poor and its women, and is one of the most trusted and least corrupt institutions in the country. It is also a leader in the use of technology and is spearheading reform in other parts of Indonesia's legal sector.

You'll get a taste of all this from the short interview I did with Cate and Tim on Wednesday. Make sure you stick around for the ending, where Tim makes a passionate interjection.