2nd Indonesia Research Day Panelist : Daniel Peterson

Starting from today until the 10th October 2015, GoLive Indonesia will proudly introduce our 2015 Indonesia Research Day lineup. The panelists have gone through competitive abstract selection process and 12 scholars have been chosen to present their research about Indonesia on the 12th October 2015.


Daniel has studied Indonesian since the age of 8, going on to major in Indonesian at Monash University, and completing his honours thesis in 2004 on the ideologies underpinning the 2002 Bali bombings. In 2007, he completed the final semester of his LLB on exchange at Universitas Indonesia, before interning at Hadiputranto, Hadinoto and Partners for two months. In 2008, he interpreted and translated for the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine in Timor-Leste as it conducted a forensic investigation into the Santa Cruz massacre of 1991, as well as providing training in disaster victim identification to members of the Timor-Leste Police force and mortuary workers stationed at Dili Hospital.

Following admission to legal practice, Daniel worked as an Indonesian language legal translator, and taught Indonesian and Global Politics, before completing stints at the Sampoerna Foundation (in Jakarta) and the Australia-Indonesia Centre at Monash University. Daniel currently works at ACU’s Institute for Religion, Politics, and Society on SHARIAsource, a shari’a database initiative of the Harvard Law School’s Islamic Legal Studies Program, where he prepares English-language summaries of Indonesian religious court decisions, fatwa, legislation, and other relevant Islamising sources in Southeast Asia. He is also completing his PhD under Prof. Tim Lindsey, focussing on the validity, constitutionality and reality of Islamising regional regulations in Indonesia.


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