Research Student: Brahma Astagiri
Indonesia Witness Protection System: Lesson to Comparative Jurisdiction
Several ways have been taken by the government of Indonesia to combat the corruption but still there are a lot of cases need to be disclosed in Indonesia. One of the significant steps forward to solve problem is the presence of Indonesia witness protection agency (LPSK) at 2006.
To support policy concerning Indonesia Law Reform, Indonesia needs an effective law enforcement system as well as criminal justice system. The reason is that to perform legal certainty and justice stay on balance is not easy. Providing norms and values in the legal system for instance certainty and justice; right and liberty will always debatable in social justice discussion. In order to develop those aspects, the presence of appropriate witness protection system is considered necessary. In other words, the existence of witness protection agencies must be an integral part of the integrated criminal justice system. But in this circumstance, as a state auxiliary body which has independent position, LPSK encounter a number of hindrances due to the complexity of cooperation between law enforcement agencies and legal uncertainty in procedure law. This research aims to conduct a critical and comprehensive study concerning legal strategies to develop appropriate witness protection system in Indonesia. This research also focuses on the comparison of the witness protection policies and legislations that have been applied in the several countries such as UK, United Stated, and Australia.
I obtained my LLB in 2001 and Master Degree in 2007 from Airlangga University.
I am a researcher as well as lecturer in the Criminal Law Department, Faculty of Law Universitas Airlangga Indonesia from 2009 until now. Before that I had been teaching in Universitas Wijaya Kusuma Surabaya (UWKS) for several years since 2005 delivering Medical Ethic and Law Process for students in School of Medicine.
I am registered as member of The MAHUPIKI (The Indonesia Scholars Association for Criminal Law and Criminology).
What motivated me to undertake PhD study?
To improve capability to explore as well as advancing the legal theories, I decided to learn more through PhD opportunity in University of Leeds. This place of study has to be the right place for me because its International thriving and vibrant research culture and education system. I think by involving in the PhD research works in School of Law University of Leeds as one of the leading law schools in the world, I will find much interesting exchangeable ideas from lectures, workshops, seminars and conferences.
What makes me passionate about my subject?
There is always open discussion in Legal Theories and practices. One of rising issues in my country (Indonesia) is the criminal justice process which has direct effect to person as a witness. I want to undergo comparative based research to create model law in the field of witness protection system. So it can be implemented effectively in the Indonesia Integrated Criminal Justice System.
What are my plans once I have completed my PhD?
Once I have finished my PhD research, I will back to Indonesia and help the state to develop better criminal justice system.