Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Law and Human Rights 2020 (ICLHR 2020)

The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed humanity to a very different vision of human’s future. Vast array of humans’ life has been altered with legal implications following this pandemic. Under the pretext of keeping public health, numerous rights, such as freedom of movement and freedom of assembly, have been either curtailed or limited in very unequal ways without clear indication when or how they will be restored. This pandemic has been experienced in a very different way for every group in society. As inequality became wider, this pandemic has also been disrupting deeply both social and economic fabrics, and eroding the government’s legitimacy and capacity to take necessary, proportional, and appropriate actions in tackling the issue effectively. At the same time, the acceleration of digitalization has transformed the mode of production radically and brought consequence where a lot of jobs lost during the pandemic. The mode of information was altered deeply with the inception of more digitalized forms and consciousness of communication which there is the rise of counter-narrative in form of ‘conspiracy theories’ on the public side and emergence of a new model of state’s surveillance on the government side. Therefore, the understanding of the law and human rights should be reimagined in a very different vision.

The International Conference on Law and Human Rights 2020 (ICLHR 2020) was held with theme: “Reimagining the Vision on Law and Human Rights”. This forum strives to highlight the divergent problems and issues relating to the various facets of law and human rights. Important to note that the pandemic also has a very different magnitude on Global North and Global South. A wide range of approaches and discussions should be scrutinized in a very careful way. As the pandemic convulses government confidence and public resilience greatly, trial and error should not be taken for granted, bold and inclusive approaches are much more urgent than ever before. ICLHR 2020 aims to provide forum for scholars, practitioners, and policymakers at all stages and across disciplinaries to contribute in solving problems caused by pandemic; advance research ecosystem on policy making process, especially related to law and human rights; and promote academic output such as proceedings and journal on law and human rights issues.

The online meeting of ICLHR 2020 mainly cover keynote speeches, plenary session, panel session and discussion. In keynote speech part, we invited Minister of Law and Human Rights Republic of Indonesia, Prof. Yasonna H. Laoly, S.H., M.Sc., Ph.D. The conference also presented five plenary speakers: Prof. Harkristuti Harkrisnowo, S.H.,MA., Ph.D, Professor of Criminal Law, University of Indonesia; Prof. Dr. Dilshad Shaik, Dean of School of Law Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology (Deemed to be University) Chennai India; Prof. Dr. Farid Sufian Shuaib, Dean of Faculty of Law International Islamic University Malaysia; Prof. Dr. Ibrahim Kaya, Vice Rector of Anadolu University Eskisehir Turkey; and Dr.Azhari Yahya, S.H., MCL, M.A., Vice Dean of Faculty of Law Syiah Kuala University Indonesia.

We would like to acknowledge all of those who supported ICLHR 2020. The help and contribution of each individual and institution was instrumental in the success of the conference.

Committee of ICLHR 2020