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Eka Nugraha Putra

Doctor of Juridical Science Candidate at Indiana University, Lecturer in Law, Universitas Merdeka Malang

Eka Putra is an SJD (Doctor of Juridical Science) candidate at Indiana University - Maurer School of Law, the United States. His research focuses on criminal law, cyberlaw, free speech, and media law. His dissertation is assessing whether the current criminal defamation laws in Indonesia could harm Indonesian democratic values. His dissertation research is carried out by conducting comparative approaches with several countries through analyzing the criminal defamation laws and cases and identifying best practices on free speech and democracy. Putra is a law lecturer at the University of Merdeka Malang, Indonesia. Since 2019, Putra is also working as a legal advisor at the BULLY ID, a platform that focuses on protecting cyberbullying and online harassment victims through three services: relationship health check, revenge porn report, and legal and psychological counseling with licensed experts. Putra selected as Digital Forensic Lab’s Scholar (2021), the project provides training for scholars in combating disinformation, protecting the integrity of information, and fostering media literacy and resilience in their regions. He was also involved in Indiana University’s Diplomacy Lab (2020), a collaboration project with the U.S. Department of State on researching several countries' compliance towards the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Putra received Fulbright Scholarship (2018) and AIFIS – Luce Fellowship (2019-2020) for his research entitled "Criminal Defamation and Free Expression in the Digital Age."


  • 2021–present
    Research Fellow, International NGO Forum on Indonesian Development
  • 2012–present
    Lecturer in Law, University Merdeka Malang
  • 2019–present
    Legal Advisor, Bully ID


Dikti Funded Fulbright Scholarship 2018; American Institute for Indonesian Studies Fellowship 2019-2020