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)

Current affiliation: Universitas Gadjah Mada

Yance Arizona, PhD, is a lecturer at the Faculty of Law, Gadjah Mada University. He completed his doctoral studies at Leiden Law School in the Netherlands (2022). Previously, he completed two master's degrees, namely a Master of Arts from the Onati International Institute for the Sociology of Law (Spain) in 2016 and a Master of Constitutional Law from the University of Indonesia (2012).

Before entering academia, Yance was active for ten years as an NGO activist and researcher who promoted protecting indigenous peoples' rights to land and the environment. Yance has written books and scientific articles about the law, including constitutional law, electoral law, land and natural resources law, and the protection of marginalized groups, especially indigenous peoples. In addition to teaching, Yance works as a resource person, expert, and consultant for the ILO, UNDP, and RSPO, among other government agencies, non-government organizations, and international institutions.

Academic achievements, social engagement initiatives:
Yance is involved in expanding the 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-governmental organizations and student associations to encourage social reform programs, in particular to the promotion of community-based land and forest management.

Yance accomplished his PhD at Leiden Law School in 2022. Since he was a university student, he actively involved in student organizations such as the Student Advocacy and Societal Studies Institution, the President of the Student Executive Board, Faculty of Law, Andalas University, and furthermore the General Secretary of the Indonesian Student Association in the Netherlands.

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.

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