Dr Helen Pausacker

  • Dr Helen Pausacker

    Deputy Director, Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society
    Principal Researcher, Asian Law Centre

+61 3 8344 1082 | h.pausacker@unimelb.edu.au | Room 0724

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Helen Pausacker is Deputy Director of the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society (CILIS) and an Executive Editor for the Australian Journal of Asian Law. Helen is the Academic Convenor of the Hallmark Indonesia Democracy Initiative (IDeHaRI) and a Principal Researcher with the Asian Law Centre and Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society.

Helen is an Arts graduate of the University of Melbourne (BA Hons, BLitt and Graduate Certificate in Gender and Development) and Monash University (MA) and completed her PhD at the Melbourne Law School in 2013.

Helen has worked in a number of Indonesia-related positions, including as lecturer and tutor in History at the University of Melbourne (1995-1996) and Politics at Latrobe University (2000); as language facilitator and interpreter for a number of legal and non-government organisations; a research position with the Australian Council for Overseas Aid and as Office and Production Manager for the magazine, Inside Indonesia.

Helen’s research interests in the legal field include charges of ‘pornography’ and prosecution of religious sects, both under the current Indonesian Criminal Code and she also researches in the field of Javanese culture.

Helen’s publications include Behind the Shadows: Understanding a Wayang Performance (Indonesian Arts Society,1996), Chinese Indonesians: Remembering, Distorting, Forgetting (co-edited with Tim Lindsey, ISEAS, 2005) and Religion, Law and Intolerance in Indonesia (co-edited with Tim Lindsey, Routledge, 2016).