Bivitri Susanti is a researcher at the Indonesian Centre for Law & Policy Studies (Pusat Studi Hukum & Kebijakan Indonesia or PSHK) and a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Washington School of Law.
She holds a masterâ€™s degree (LLM), with distinction, in law in development from the University of Warwick, UK, in 2002 and bachelorâ€™s degree in law from the University of Indonesia in 1999.
She served as PSHKâ€™s Executive Director (2003-2007), and an adviser for the Indonesian Attorney Generalâ€™s Office (2005-2007) and the Peopleâ€™s Consultative Assembly (2007), as well as the House of Regional Representatives (2007-2009). Susanti has conducted a number of studies and written policy recommendations, such as Blue Print for the Human Rights Court (2005), Blue Print and Action Plan to Reform the Commercial Court (2003), Blue Print and Action Plan to Establish the Special Court on Corruption Cases (2003), and Research on the Indonesian Constitutional Reform (1999). Her publications include: The Implementation of the Right to Health Care and Education: Indonesian Case (in Varun Gauri and Daniel Brinks, Eds. Courting Social Justice, Cambridge University Press, 2008) and a number of articles in Indonesian language on legal reform and politics.
Susanti will be joining the HKS Indonesia Program as a pre-doctoral Indonesian Research Fellow. The working title of her dissertation is "Indonesiaâ€™s Post-Reformasi Rule of Law Discourse: New Space, New Actors." This dissertation argues that in post-Reformasi Indonesia, there is more institutional and virtual space for contesting and constructing the rule of law discourse. She also maintains that the range of actors in the rule of law discourse has changed in post-Reformasi Indonesia and that legal reform NGOs have become significant actors in Indonesiaâ€™s post-Reformasi rule of law discourse. For the fellowship, she will focus on the case study â€śHow Actors Shaped and Reshaped Judicial Institutions in 1999-2012.â€ť