Samuel Clark is a Doctor of Philosophy candidate at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford. His research project utilizes a mixed-methods research design and focuses on legal mobilization, signalling theory and the prosecution of corruption in local courts during Indonesia?s democratic transition. Prior to joining the Centre, Samuel spent five years working in the Social Development Unit of the World Bank. His work there focused on conflict, community development, governance and local justice issues in Aceh, Indonesia and Timor-Leste. This included extensive qualitative and quantitative policy research as well as the design and evaluation of large-scale community development and legal empowerment programmes. He continues to consult on judicial reform, legal empowerment and community development in the Asia Pacific region.


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  • Clark, Courting Corruption in Post-Suharto Indonesia: A Model of Local Corruption Prosecutions in a New Democracy, paper presented at 22nd International Political Science Association (IPSA) World Congress
  • Clark, Courting Corruption: A Comparative Case Analysis of Political Signalling in the Prosecution of Corruption during Indonesia?s Democratic Transition, paper presented at 7th European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) General Conference
  • Clark and M Stephens, 'Reducing Injustice? A Grounded Approach to Strengthening Hybrid Justice Systems: Lessons from Indonesia' (2011) Traditional Justice: Practitioners Perspectives Working Paper
  • Clark, P Barron and B Palmer, 'Incorporation and Institution-Building: Autonomy and Elections in Post-Conflict Aceh?' (2010) 6 St Antony?s International Review 124
  • Clark and E Bowles, Defining Heroes: Key Lessons from the Creation of Veterans Policy in Timor-Leste (World Bank 2008)
  • Clark and M Kostner, Forging the Middle Ground: Engaging Non-State Justice in Indonesia (World Bank 2008)
  • Clark and M Stephens, 'Peaceful¬†Pilkada, Dubious Democracy: Aceh?s Post-Conflict Elections and their Implications' (2008) Indonesian Social Development Paper
  • Clark, Timor-Leste?s Youth in Crisis: Situational Analysis and Policy Options (World Bank 2007)
  • Clark and P Barron, 'Decentralizing Inequality?¬† Center-Periphery Relations, Local Governance, and Conflict in Aceh' (2006) CPR Working Paper
  • Clark, P Barron, A Gaduh and M Zurstrassen, GAM Reintegration Needs Assessment: Enhancing Peace through Community-level Development Programming (World Bank 2006)
  • Clark, P Barron and M Daud, Conflict and Recovery in Aceh: An Assessment of Conflict Dynamics and Options for Supporting the Peace Process (World Bank 2005)
  • Clark, 'More than Just Ownership: Ten Land and Natural Resource Conflict Case Studies from East Java and Flores' (2004) Indonesia Social Development Paper

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