Safeguarding and Protecting Intangible Cultural Heritage in Indonesia

  • Kariodimedjo, Dina Widyaputri (Principal Investigator/Chief Investigator A)

Project: HDR ProjectPhD

Project Details


The research analyses aspects of safeguarding and protecting intangible cultural heritage in the context of Indonesia from the cultural preservation and intellectual property law perspectives. It focuses on Indonesia’s efforts in forms of legislations and government policies concerning intangible cultural heritage. It encompasses activity and material of internal country development relating to interpretation and enforcement of the legislations, as well as interaction and harmonisation by Indonesia with international treaties under the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, the World Intellectual Property Organisation, and the World Trade Organisation.
The research uses primarily a normative legal research since the research object is legal principles and norms in forms of legislations. The research utilises a combination of a doctrinal approach and non-doctrinal approaches incorporating empirical methodologies. The research uses a socio-legal approach on the influence or implication of politics, economy and culture towards the law and vice versa.
Although Indonesia has ratified international treaties and has passed legislations on the related issue, the current face of safeguarding and protecting intangible cultural heritage is not yet adequate. This is due to negative government politics and people’s inadequate awareness of the value of safeguarding and protecting intangible cultural heritage, as well as limited legal infrastructure. These factors lead to an unsuccessful implementation of the law on the issue. For future directions, Indonesia needs to improve understanding of all stakeholders on the issue, and to enact a specific law on intangible cultural heritage with a more comprehensive approach.
Effective start/end date29/02/16 → …


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