Yance Arizona*

University of Indonesia


Received Sylff fellowship in 2011.
FR: University of Indonesia
TO: Osaka University of Tourism and University of New South Wales (Japan and Australia)

Academic supervisor: Prof. Adriaan Bedner (Leiden University)
Current affiliation: PhD Candidate at Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance, and Society, Leiden University, the Netherlands and Lecturer at Law-Department President University, Indoneisa

Academic achievements, social engagement initiatives:
Yance involves in expanding socio-legal studies network in Indonesia. He has published several books and articles on law, land rights and indigenous communities in Indonesia. He also engages with Non-Government Organisations and student associations to encourage social reform programs, in particular to the promotion of community-based land and forest managements.
Yance accomplished his undergraduate degree at Faculty of Law, Andalas University, Indonesia (2007). Furthermore, He obtained a master in constitutional law at Faculty of Law, University of Indonesia (2012) where he got Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF). He completed a second master in Socio-Legal Studies at Onati International Institute for Sociology of Law, University of the Basque Country, Spain (2016). Since a student at Andalas University, he actively involved in student organisations such as a chairman of Student Advocacy and Societal Studies Institution, and President of the Student Executive Board, Faculty of Law, Andalas University, and furthermore the General Secretary of the Indonesian Student Association in the Netherlands.
He worked as a researcher at Perkumpulan HuMa, Jakarta since 2007-2010 and Epistema Institute, a think tank organisation which supports community and ecological-based law reform (2010-2016). His last position was an interim executive director of Epistema Institute. Beside of his role as a researcher and an NGO activist, Yance is also a lecturer at Law-Department, President University since 2011. He teaches different subjects includes constitutional law, jurisprudence, administrative law, socio-legal research method, lawmaking and legal drafting.
In 2014, Yance got a fellowship under the Indigenous Leaders Conservation Fellowship Program sponsored by Conservation International. This program supports his research in Kerinci and brings him to participate in the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (2014). He actively participates in international conference and short course on law, environment and indigenous peoples rights, includes Agrarian Transition for Rural Transformation at Institute of Social Studies, the Netherlands; Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program at University of California Berkeley; and Indigenous Studies Summer Program at Columbia University, New York, the USA.
Currently he is a PhD candidate at the Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance, and Society, Leiden University, the Netherlands. He is conducting a research about the role of different actors in the fabrication of adat/indigeneity as an alternative argument for land claims by rural communities. He tries to unravel the enigma of adat in contemporary law and practice in Indonesia with comparative elements to Japan and Australia.

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