Rangga joined the Faculty of Law in Michaelmas 2018 to read the DPhil in Socio-Legal Studies under the supervision of Professor Marina Kurkchiyan. The focus of his project, funded by the Jardine Foundation, is on "cultural heritage" as a legal construct in Indonesia. His thesis proposes to delve into the consequences of 'legalising' heritage in the Indonesian context and scrutinise the relationship—generated through legal reconstitution of culture—between the state and the culturally-delineated indigenous 'adat' societies.

Rangga has an LLB from Universitas Gadjah Mada, where he has been Lecturer at the Faculty of Law since 2013; an LLM in Public International Law from University of Groningen; and an MPhil in Archaeology from Peterhouse, University of Cambridge, where he was also a Jardine Scholar.


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  • R A Dachlan, 'Indonesia's Implementation of Inventory Obligation under UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention: Problems in the Online Inventories' (2015) 22 International Journal of Cultural Property 131
    Article 12 of the Convention on the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, 2003, provides that the States Parties are under obligation at the national level to draw up one or more inventories of the intangible cultural heritage present in their respective territories. Indonesia has been a State Party to the Convention since 2007, but until now, no specific law on intangible cultural heritage has been enacted. In 2010, the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture, jointly with UNESCO, published the Practical Handbook for Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Indonesia. With the legal vacuum, the Handbook became a source for guidelines on the implementation of the inventory obligation in Indonesia; it provides that there shall be a manual inventory and an online inventory. However, in practice, there are two web sites functioning as online inventories, and the contents of the two web sites do not seem to reflect one of the Convention’s purposes, which is awareness. This article scrutinizes the contents of the publicly accessible online inventories and finds that the absence of statutory regulation has resulted in difficulties for those inventories to fulfill the purpose of awareness as mandated by the Convention.

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