Combating corruption in Indonesia is not an easy task, even for a president. Professor Denny Indrayana shares his own experience of just how complicated it was. He analyses the Yudhoyono government’s efforts to protect the Indonesian Corruption Eradication Commission from attack by its many enemies, including corruptors. He argues that Yudhoyono tried hard to beat corruption and had some successes but many basic problems persist. In particular, the corrupt political landscape continues to make the war against corruption extraordinarily difficult.
Professor Denny Indrayana is an internationally recognised anticorruption campaigner who has played a leading role in law reform efforts in Indonesia. He served as Deputy Minister of Law and Human Rights from 2011-2014 under President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Before that, Denny was Special Advisor for Legal Affairs, Human Rights and Anticorruption to President Yudhoyono, Chair of the Centre for the Study of Anti-Corruption at Gadjah Mada University, and Director of the Indonesian Court Monitoring NGO. Denny has a PhD from the Melbourne Law School and won the prestigious Australian Alumni Award in 2009. He is a Professor of Constitutional Law at Gadjah Mada University and a Visiting Professor in the University of Melbourne Law School.