Tue 8 Sep 2015 | PhD defense of Stijn van Huis | 'Islamic courts and women's divorce rights in Indonesia. The cases of Cianjur and Bulukumba'| Leiden University

On Tuesday 8 September, NISIS PhD candidate at the Faculty of Law of Leiden University, Stijn van Huis, defended his dissertation 'Islamic courts and women's divorce rights in Indonesia. The cases of Cianjur and Bulukumba' at Leiden University.

Time: 11.15 hr.
Venue: Senaatskamer, Oude Academiegebouw, Rapenburg 73, Leiden.

'Islamic courts and women's divorce rights in Indonesia. The cases of Cianjur and Bulukumba'

This PhD project examines how judicial reasoning is influenced by global, national and local normative debates and hoPhD project examines how judicial reasoning is influenced by global, national and local normative debates and how this affects access to justice for women in divorce cases before Islamic courts in Indonesia. The ability of women to initiate and obtain a divorce is a contested issue in religious debates in Indonesia and hence judicial reasoning on this matter provides a sharp focus on normative tensions between various strands of Islamic legal discourse. The research aims to link the legal reasoning in the courtroom in such cases with the debates taking place within the wider community about values, norms and ideas on divorce, as associated with Islam, adat (custom) and human rights discourses. It will thus provide new insights into legal reasoning in Islamic courts, into the current process of redefining local identities in Indonesia, and it will shed light on what this means for women’s access to justice in divorce cases.w this affects access to justice for women in divorce cases before Islamic courts in Indonesia. The ability of women to initiate and obtain a divorce is a contested issue in religious debates in Indonesia and hence judicial reasoning on this matter provides a sharp focus on normative tensions between various strands of Islamic legal discourse. The research aims to link the legal reasoning in the courtroom in such cases with the debates taking place within the wider community about values, norms and ideas on divorce, as associated with Islam, adat (custom) and human rights discourses. It will thus provide new insights into legal reasoning in Islamic courts, into the current process of redefining local identities in Indonesia, and it will shed light on what this means for women’s access to justice in divorce cases.

For more information on the PhD defense, please see here.


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