Todung Mulya Lubis graduated from the Faculty of Law, University of Indonesia in 1974. He also completed law courses at the Institute of America and International Law at Dallas in 1977. He obtained his master's degree (LL.M) from University of California at Berkeley in 1978 and Harvard University in 1987. He also holds a Doctor of Judicial Science (SJD) from the University of California at Berkeley.
In addition to his work as a founder and Senior Partner of Lubis Santosa & Maramis law firm, he is also involved in the large number of national and international nongovernmental organizations that focus on human rights, anti-corruption, and legal development including the Legal Aid Foundation (LBH); Asian Coalition of Human Rights in Asia, Manila, and the Philippines; Transparency International Indonesia (TI-I); Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI); Indonesian Human Rights Monitorâ€“IMPARSIAL; and Human Rights Internet, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Currently, he is active in writing and teaching at various universities and delivers lectures in various national and international forums.