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Leopold Sudaryono

PhD Candidate in Criminology at Australian National University, Australian National University

Leopold Sudaryono spent his final years at law school working with leading human rights organization in Indonesia: KIPP (independent election monitoring coallition), KONTRAS (commission for the disappeared and victims of structural violence) and LBH (legal aid institute) Jakarta between 1996-1999.

In 2002 Leo did his master in human rights law at the University of Leicester, UK.
He later run humanitarian accountability program in 4 conflict areas in Indonesia (Aceh,Poso, Ambon and Central Kalimantan) with Oxfam Great Britain.

In 2005 he undertook 4-months transitional justice course at the University of Cape Town sponsored by the International Centre for Transitional Justice and Institute for Justice and Reconcilation.

In 2006 Leo joined the Asia Foundation managing law programs including community-oriented policing, religious freedom, and legislative strengthening. In 2007 he led prison reform initiatives with the support of the DFAT CT fund. This program has helped the Indonesian Corrections to drew and implemented the Blueprint for Prison Reform which included the development of first ever national Corrections Database System (SDP) and improved management of prisoner
including those of high-risk.

Leo left the Foundation on December 2014 to pursue his PhD in Criminology at the ANU sponsored by the DFAT. His research is focusing on the political economy of prison overcrowding in Indonesia.


  • –present
    PhD candidate in criminology at Australian National University, Australian National University