Nadir Hosen


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


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Dr Nadirsyah Hosen has been working as a Senior Lecturer 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 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.  

His articles have been published in internationally recognised and refereed journals such as the Nordic Journal of International Law (Lund University), Asia Pacific Law Review (City University of Hong Kong), Australian Journal of Asian Law (University of Melbourne), European Journal of Law Reform (Indiana University), Asia Pacific Journals on Human Rights and the Law (Murdoch University), Journal of Islamic Studies (Oxford University), and Journal of Southeast Asian Studies (Cambridge University).

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). His recent book is Research Handbook on Islamic Law and Society (Edward Elgar, UK, 2018),  covering around 22 countries, with 18 chapters from scholars around the world.

In 2018, Cambridge University Press published an edited collection of work by leading scholars on courts in Asia: Lee and Pittard (eds.) Asia-Pacific Judiciaries: Independence, Impartiality and Integrity, to which he contributed a critical analysis of Indonesian judicial independence. In 2020, his book chapter “Human Dignity in the Jurisprudence of the Indonesian Constitutional Court” has been accepted in Human Dignity in Asia: Dialogue between Law and Culture, edited by Prof Jimmy Chia-Shin Hsu (Taiwan) that will be published by Cambridge University Press.

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.

Monash teaching commitment

LAW2111 Constitutional Law 

LAW4126 Asian Legal Systems 

LAW1111 Foundations of Law

LAW4670 Introduction to Islamic Law

LAW5007 Principles of Constitutional Law

Research area keywords

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


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