The Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society (CILIS) commenced activities in 2013 and is devoted to the study of Indonesian law and Islamic legal studies.
CILIS staff include Melbourne Law School academics and professional support staff.View
CILIS Associates are academic members from external institutions with significant reputations in the area of Indonesian and Islamic legal studies.View
- Graduate Researchers
Members of CILIS supervise a large number of Graduate Research Degree (GRD) students.View
Overview of CILIS
Read more about the activities, purposes and objectives of CILIS.
CILIS has a large team of Research Assistants who work with our academics. Most Research Assistants are current students of Melbourne Law School.
CILIS publishes an Annual Report of its activities each year.
CILIS strives to continuously engage in innovative and important research projects that relate to Indonesia and Islamic legal studies both nationally and internationally.
- Research Grants
List of research projects currently undertaken by members of CILIS.View
CILIS academic staff produce a wide range of publications. CILIS also publishes its own series of Briefing Papers.View
CILIS aims to provide resources about Indonesian and Islamic legal studies. It publishes an online bibliographical database called Islamic Law Online.View
CILIS Public Lectures
CILIS Public Lectures are presented by high-profile speakers. These seminars are relevant to academics, government and business organisations, as well as the community.
The CILIS Research Seminars are informal seminars, which are often presented by postgraduate students. These seminars are open to the public, but are usually attended by the University community. Students are able to gain feedback on their current research, while contributing to the continued research in Islamic legal studies.
CILIS hosts an annual Islamic Studies Postgraduate Conference in conjunction with the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies. This conference is open to students both locally and internationally, who are researching Islam-related topics. Information on the annual conference is usually available from mid-June each year.
Apply here for participation in the 2017 CILIS Islamic Studies Postgraduate Conference.
The Conference will be held on 14 and 15 November 2017 at Melbourne Law School.
CILIS runs numerous research activities throughout the year, many of them open to the public.
Listing of past events hosted by CILIS, including audio and video recordings, where applicable.
CILIS regularly hosts local and international visiting scholars.
Islamic Law Online
Islamic Law Online is an online bibliographic database of materials relating to Islamic legal studies.
Asian Law Online
Asian Law Online is the first and only online bibliographic database of Asian law materials in the world.
Indonesia at Melbourne Blog
The Indonesia at Melbourne blog was launched in July 2015 to present analysis, research and commentary on contemporary Indonesia from academics and postgraduate students affiliated with the University of Melbourne. It aims to stimulate debate and provide a forum for exchange of information and opinion on current events in Indonesia.
CILIS academic staff regularly publish media articles, both in Australia and overseas.
Tuesday 5:30pm - 7:00pmBlasphemy, Islam and the State: Pluralism and Liberalism in IndonesiaLaunch
Prof Tim Lindsey: Renewed hope for Bali Nine members on death row?
Death row Bali Nine members will file reapplication for consideration of their good behaviour as one of their last legal options, says Indonesian law expert Tim Lindsey.News
Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama and his running mate, Djarot Saiful Hidayat, sparked controversy in the recent lead up to the election for Jakarta’s governor, following the release of a campaign video that, like Ahok himself, has been accused of being “anti-Islam".News
Concerns regarding Australian military teaching materials and remarks uncovered late last year have placed strain on relations with Indonesia. The strange affair of our on-again-off-again defence cooperation arrangements with Indonesia continues to confuse most observers.News
Visiting Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne and CILIS Associate Director, Professor Denny Indrayana, discusses the legal framework of the case that has been brought against Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok).News
The article "Denny Indrayana: Presiden Butuh Dukungan Politik untuk Berantas Korupsi" was published by detikNews on 20 September 2016.News
This conference aims to bring together postgraduate students, from around Australia and overseas, who are researching topics relating to Islam.News
Drugs Law and Legal Practice in Southeast Asia co-authored by Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society Director, Professor Tim Lindsey and Asian Law Centre Director, Professor Pip Nicholson, investigates criminal law and practice relevant to drugs regulation in three Southeast Asian jurisdictions: Indonesia, Singapore and Vietnam.News
A minority Muslim group has been ordered to convert to Sunni Islam or be expelled from Bangka island, off the coast of Sumatra, in the latest religious crackdown in Indonesia, write Jewel Topsfield and Karuni Rompies for the Sydney Morning Herald.News
Professor Tim Lindsey, CILIS Director, reacts to the deadly gun-and-suicide bomb attack claimed by Islamic State in central Jakarta. He speaks with Bloomberg's Shery Ahn on "Trending Business."News
Indonesia could become a pioneer in the abolition of capital punishment and an example for other Muslim countries to follow, according to former Indonesian judge Professor Jimly Asshiddiqie.News
The University of Melbourne has recently launched the Indonesia at Melbourne blog, a new platform for analysis, research and commentary on contemporary Indonesia by academics, experts and students affiliated with the university.News
CILIS Associate Arjuna Dibley comments on why withdrawing Australian aid to Indonesia is misguided
CILIS Associate Arjuna Dibley writes in the Guardian on why Geoffrey Robertson's call to withdraw Australian aid after the execution of Chan and Sukumaran is misguided.News
Professor Tim Lindsey comments on why the Bali pair should not have been killed
Professor Tim Lindsey explains the key reasons why Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan should not have been executed.News
Tim Lindsey and Simon Butt observe waning support for President Widodo in the crippling face of KPK, Indonesia’s anti-corruption agency
Professor Tim Lindsey and Associate Professor Simon Butt observe waning support for President Widodo in the crippling face of KPK, Indonesia's anti-corruption agency.News
Professor Tim Lindsey discusses the Australia-Indonesia relationship, including how it is affecting the Bali Two
Professor Tim Lindsey discusses the Australia-Indonesia relationship, and how a tougher response to an inexperienced Indonesian government would be the wrong move, particularly for the 'Bali Two'.News
Indonesia's stance on the death penalty has become incoherent, says Professor Tim Lindsey
Is it really the case that Indonesia is determined to execute drug offenders - both foreign and local - if they are caught in Indonesia, but will spend money to help Indonesian drug offenders avoid execution provided they are caught overseas?News
Tim Lindsey and Simon Butt discuss the politics of the Bali Nine executions
Professor Tim Lindsey and Associate Professor Simon Butt comment on the Bali Nine executions and the effect that politics is having on the appeals.News
Past events hosted by the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society.