Nadir Hosen

Assoc Professor

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Islamic Law, Indonesian Law, Human Rights, Constitutional Law, Law and Religion


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Personal profile


Nadirsyah Hosen is currently Associate Professor and Deputy Associate Dean (International). He has been working at the Faculty of Law, Monash University since 20 July 2015. Prior to this role, Nadir was an Associate Professor at the School of Law, University of Wollongong. He was the Convenor of Monash Law Malaysia Program (2017-2019), and Deputy Director of LLM Program (2020). He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Law, Universitas Hasanuddin (UNHAS), Indonesia.

He has a Bachelors degree (UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta), a Graduate Diploma in Islamic Studies, and Master of Arts with Honours (University of New England), as well as a Master of Laws in Comparative Law (Charles Darwin University). He completed his first PhD (Law) at the University of Wollongong and a second PhD (Islamic Law) at the National University of Singapore.

Nadir is internationally known for his expertise in Shari'a and Indonesian law.  He is a board member of top journals such as the Asian Journal of Comparative Law (Cambridge University Press) and the Australian Journal of Asian Law (University of Melbourne). 

His articles have been published in internationally recognised and refereed journals and publisher. He has more than 70 publications.

He is the author of Human Rights, Politics and Corruption in Indonesia: A Critical Reflection on the Post Soeharto Era, (Republic of Letters Publishing, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, 2010); Shari'a and Constitutional Reform in Indonesia (Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore, 2007); a co-editor (with Joseph Liow) of Islam in Southeast Asia, 4 volumes, (Routledge, London, 2010); and a co-editor (with Richard Mohr) of Law and Religion in Public Life: The Contemporary Debate (Routledge, London, 2011 and 2013). His book (co-written with Ann Black and Hossein Esmaeili) is Modern Perspectives on Islamic Law (Edward Elgar, UK, 2013 and 2015). He also edited  Research Handbook on Islamic Law and Society (Edward Elgar, UK, 2018),  covering around 22 countries, with 18 chapters from scholars around the world.

He has also published best-seller books in Indonesian language (Bahasa) such as Tafsir al-Qur'an di Medsos; Islam Yes, Khilafah No (2 vols); Saring Sebelum Sharing; Ngaji Fikih; etc, 

On Indonesian law, Nadir has made a significant contribution to the understanding of the problems and the prospects of Indonesian law reform in four different areas: the constitution, politics, human rights and anti-corruption. As a strong defender of the rule of law and good governance, his research offers a new perspective beyond legal studies, where he also considers historico-cultural, socio-cultural and political aspects.

The impact of his research can be determined by looking at more than 1400 citations of his published works,  and h-index 19, as recorded under Google Scholar. His 470,000 Twitter followers also testify to the impact of his research.

He has been invited (and funded) to deliver his public lecture in many top Indonesian universities such as Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), University of Indonesia (UI), Institut Tekhnologi Bandung (ITB), and so on. He has appeared many times on Indonesian national television for the interview and talk show. He is known in Indonesian communities as "Gus Nadir", a well-respected Muslim scholar and spiritual leader, amongst Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the largest Islamic organisation in Indonesia with more than 60 million members. 

Latest works:

  1. Ahmad Rofii and Nadirsyah Hosen, ‘The Constitutionalization of 'Religious Values' in Indonesia’ in M. Crouch (Ed.)Constitutional Democracy in Indonesia(Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2023).
  2. Nadirsyah Hosen, ‘When ‘back to the Qur’an and hadith’ is no longer enough: Radicalisation of Islamic teaching in Indonesia’ in T. Lindsey, J. Makruf, H, Pausacker (Eds.)Islam, Education and Radicalism in Indonesia: Instructing Piety(London: Routledge, 2023).
  3. Julian Millie & Nadirsyah Hosen(2022)  ‘Freedom from Consumption: The Reformist Critique of Consumptive Islam in Indonesia’, Asian Studies Review, DOI: 10.1080/10357823.2022.2110859
  4. Keely Boom, Iman Prihandono & Nadirsyah Hosen (2022) ‘A Mandate to Investigate the Carbon Majors and the Climate Crisis: The Philippines Commission on Human Rights Investigation’,  23 (1)Australian Journal of Asian Law57-76 (Free download:
  5. Nadirsyah Hosen, ‘Human Dignity in the Jurisprudence of the Indonesian Constitutional Court’  in J. Hsu (Ed.),Human Dignity in Asia: Dialogue between Law and Culture,(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2022, pp.139-159) 

ARC Discovery Grant:

DP230102942: Obstacles to Contract Enforcement in Indonesia (T. Lindsey, N. Hosen & J. Kingsley)  $392,482 (2023-2025) 


Monash teaching commitment

LAW2111 Constitutional Law 

LAW4126 Asian Legal Systems 

LAW1111 Foundations of Law

LAW4670 Introduction to Islamic Law

LAW5007 Principles of Constitutional Law

LAW5004 Public Law and Statutory Interpretation

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research area keywords

  • Indonesian law
  • Shari'a
  • Constitutional law
  • Human Rights
  • Islamic Studies

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