Bivitri Susanti



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Declining Rights and the Rule of Law in the Pandemic in Indonesia

Bivitri Susanti is a lecturer at the Indonesia Jentera School of Law and the chair of the Jakarta chapter of the Indonesian Association of Constitutional Law Lecturers. Bivitri obtained her Bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Indonesia in 1999 and Master’s degree (LLM), with distinction, in Law and Development from the University of Warwick, UK, in 2002. Bivitri was a research fellow at Harvard Kennedy School of Government (2013-2014) and School of Regulation and Global Governance at the Australian National University (2016); and a visiting Professor at Tokyo University Law School (autumn semester 2018).

Declining Rights and the Rule of Law in the Pandemic in Indonesia

Using the rule of law as an analytical framework, I will discuss issues regarding the lack of the human rights approach in law and policy making during COVID-19 pandemic. Not only are they not used, in fact, in the name of pandemic responses, human rights are violated, from the rights to health to freedom of expression. However, neglecting the rule of law is not a new phenomenon, it is just that the pandemic has made it more blatant as it is argued to be justified in the name of crisis management.