DR Ken Setiawan

DR Ken Setiawan


  • Socio-legal studies (human rights; national human rights institutions; transitional justice; reconciliation)



  • Ken Setiawan is a McKenzie Research Fellow at The University of Melbourne’s Asia Institute and an Affiliate Researcher at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR), Columbia University. She holds a PhD in Law (2013), Master of Arts (2004) and an undergraduate degree in Indonesian languages and cultures from Leiden University, The Netherlands. Ken’s research, teaching and engagement interests are at the intersection of legal anthropology, history, politics and society in Asia, with an emphasis on Indonesia. In her research, she is interested in the promotion, manifestation and contestation of human rights at global, national and local levels, particularly with regard to coming to terms with past human rights violations. Ken is author of Promoting Human Rights: National Human Rights Commissions in Indonesia and Malaysia (Leiden University Press, 2013) and she has published in journals including the Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Southeast Asia and Global Change, Peace and Security.   


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD, Leiden University 2013
  • PhD, Leiden University 2013
  • MA, Leiden University 2004



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Ken is available for supervision in the area of Asian Studies with an emphasis on contemporary Southeast Asia. Areas of supervision include legal anthropology and the sociology of human rights; human rights in socio-political context; transitional justice; and historical violence and justice.