About LBH Jakarta

LBH Jakarta (The Jakarta Legal Aid Institute) is the oldest legal aid organization in Indonesia founded in 1970. One of the organization’s founders, Prof. Adnan Buyung Nasution, a prominent Indonesian human rights lawyer, is often accredited as “The Father of Indonesia’s Legal Aid Movement”. We are a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that provides pro-bono legal aid services for the underprivileged and conduct human rights advocacy.

Across the history of Indonesia, LBH Jakarta has been involved in handling numerous major legal cases that define Indonesia’s human rights discourse. Under President Suharto (before 1998), LBH Jakarta became an outspoken critic of the leader’s authoritarian regime—defending numerous political prisoners of that era before the court. After “Reformasi” (after 1998), LBH Jakarta continues its fight for human rights and is well-known for guarding Indonesia’s democratic transition through defending various human rights cases. LBH Jakarta involved in the judicial review of Indonesia’s Blasphemy Law petitioned the state for 1965 genocide, petitioned against various Indonesia’s companies for mass termination of labors after 1998 economic crisis, filed a lawsuit against the government to revoke Jakarta’s water privatization, and defending thousands of victims of forced evictions in Jakarta.

LBH Jakarta areas of work are strategic litigation, research, and community empowerment. LBH Jakarta advocacy is categorized into four areas: fair trial, labor rights, urban poor, and minority groups.


1. Basic knowledge of human rights research.
2. Basic knowledge of public campaign or policy advocacy.

Intern Duties (Example)

Writing social media guide;

Preparing a presentation by choosing the desired topic to be presented during internship;

Getting involved in a meeting with app-developer discussing/observing/redeveloping app for LBH paralegals;

Researching on the effective use of social media advocacy;

Attending/observing press conferences and taking notes during the conference;

Writing summaries of meetings attended;

Writing summary of administrative court system and case;

Observing legal education clinic on issue of land rights, criminalisation and basic legal knowledge.

Work Hours

40 hours/week

Dress Code

Casual (e.g. Polo/t-shirt, jeans, cargo shorts, sports shoes or sandals)


Jl. Diponegoro No. 74, Menteng Jakarta Indonesia

Phone:+6221-3145518 Fax:+6221-3912377

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