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Southeast Asian Region Countries Law

History of the Constitution

The Constitution is known as the Undang-Undang Dasar 1945 or UUD 1945. It was enacted in 1945, when Indonesia was emerging from Japanese control following World War II, and declaring its independence from its former colonial occupier, the Netherlands.  It was replaced by the 1949 Federal Constitution and then by the Provisional Constitution of 1950, while waiting for the 1955 elected Constituent Committee to draft a new one. The Committee did not draft a new Constitution, so on July 5th 1959, by virtue of a Presidential Decree, the UUD 1945 was restored.  It remained unchanged during the New Order.  During the Reform Era, comprehensive reforms were adopted at four sessions of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) - in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002. These reforms amended existing provisions and introduced many new Articles - including the addition of ten Articles concerning human rights, the transformation of the MPR into an entirely elected People's Consultative Assembly, the establishment of an elected Assembly representing the regions, the redefinition of the powers of the President and of the People's Representative Council, and the introduction of a Constitutional Court.

Finding the Constitution in English

The 1945 Constitution is Indonesia's Supreme Law.

OPEN ACCESS - unofficial translations

The current consolidated Indonesian Constitution are available on several websites, including the Asian Human Rights Commission, UNESCO and WIPO.



Subscription Access (UniMelb staff & students) - unofficial translations:

Judicial Review - The Constitutional Court

The Constitutional Court was established in 2003, as a result of the Third Constitutional amendment in 2001. 

Constitutional Court decisions are available in English on the Court's website. See the 'Constitutional Court Judgments in English' box on the Case Law page of this Guide for more information about the Court and finding its decisions.

For commentary on the Constitutional Court, see:

Commentary on the Constitution

The Indonesian page on the Legal Systems in ASEAN website (open access) includes detailed commentary on the Constitution.

Recent Articles on SSRN (open access)

Holland, Bradley, 'Clemency and Constitutional Duties in Indonesia: A Promise Made is a Promise Kept?' (2018) 19(1) Australian Journal of Asian Law Article 2

Taufik, Giri, 'Proportionality Test in the 1945 Constitution: Limiting Hizbut Tahrir Freedom of Assembly' (2018) 4(1) Constitutional Review Journal