Establishment of a socially responsible law or towards socially responsible lawmaking is the vision of the Indonesian Center for Law and Policy Studies or commonly referred to as PSHK. Founded in 1998, PSHK is a research and advocacy institution for legal reform, focusing on legislation and justice.
In the field of legislation, PSHK carries out three main activities, namely legislative monitoring, legislative assessment, and legislative drafting. Legislation monitoring is carried out by attending and providing notes throughout legislative meetings. PSHK researchers also collect legislative documents displayed in parliament.net and @pantauDPR’s Twitter account. Most documents can be downloaded by the public to encourage involvement and narrow information gaps relating to legislation between parliament and the public.
Legislative assessment is carried out with methods and standards that are continuously being developed, including the achievements of quantity, quality, and compliance within legislation procedures. The assessment is carried out at the end of each year and at the end of the parliamentary working period (5 years) and presented in various forms, such as books, infographics, and videos. Based on this experience, PSHK developed a module for the design of laws and regulations which also contains theories and tips for designing laws and regulations that are friendly to the public. To date, the module has become a reference in PSHK’s work in drafting legislative regulations, as well as providing various related training.
In the field of justice. PSHK is consistently involved in the reform agenda at the Indonesian Supreme Court. In 2002-2003, PSHK became part of the assistance team for the preparation of the Supreme Court Reform Blueprint. The move continued in 2005 when PSHK was involved in making the corruption court administrative guidelines. Furthermore, from 2011 to 2012, PSHK was involved in four reform agendas in the Supreme Court, namely the preparation of a standardized court report manual, judiciary website assessment, public service standards in the court, and corruption court administrative standards. Most recently, in 2015, PSHK also took part as a member of the working group (pokja) drafting the Supreme Court Regulation No. 2 of 2015 concerning the Small Claims Court Procedure.
In addition, there are also several PSHK studies with themes outside the field of legislation and justice. Some of them convinced that research on the Presidential Decree deviation in 1998, the responsibilities of the legal profession in 2000, the BRR Aceh blueprint in 2005, and the cultural legal framework of the Republic of Indonesia in 2008.
PSHK earlier works include research on Presidential Decree by former President Suharto in 1998, the study on the legal profession in Indonesia in 2000 and the legal framework for cultural policy in 2009.
In the last 5 years, PSHK continues to initiate regulatory reform through their work with the National Development Planning Agency (Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Nasional/Bappenas) on their Background Study on Regulatory Reform on their Long Term Development Planning 2019-2023. PSHK also works together with the Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi/KPK) on drafting the Guidelines on Money Laundering and Asset Recovery on Capital Market. In 2019, PSHK working together with Lubis Ganie Surowidjojo, hukumonline and Barunastra finishes The Legal Framework and Government Institutional Landscape of The Fisheries Sector in Indonesia, supported by The David and Lucille Packard Foundation.
In line with their research affairs, PSHK continuously develops new innovative approaches in legal reform efforts in Indonesia. PSHK co-founded the most complete legal information portal Hukumonline.com (www.hukumonline.com), produced videos about LAWmotion, manage the Daniel S. Lev Law Library (www.danlevlibrary.net), and was involved in the establishment of The Indonesia Jentera School of Law (www.jentera.ac.id).