Arthur Hermanto (Executive Director)
Despite his activities as a professional photographer, he is a lifelong chinese activist for the rights of religious minorities and non-theistic believers in Indonesia and former unauthorized migrant worker in Hong Kong (2003 – 2004) and South Korea (2005 – 2007).
Pranoto Iskandar (Founding Director)
He has pioneering and written extensively on the relevance of international law for the benefit of the development of the democratic Indonesian domestic legal system. Among many others, his award winning Hukum HAM International or International Human Rights Law, which is currently in its second edition, is not the only book available on the subject in Indonesia but also, as Professor An-Na’im acclaimed, has “comprehensive scope and strong scholarship.” He is the Founding Editor of the Indonesian Journal of International & Comparative Law, Editorial Board of International Journal of Migration and Border Studies and Advisory Editor for Border(land)s and Migration Studies Online. Currently, he is an O’Brien Fellow in Residence at McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism. Previously, he was the Inaugural Fellow of New Asian Publics at the Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus and Visiting Scholar at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, University of Oslo. Currently, his research interest is on the role of international law in the advancement of human rights in non-western illiberal democracies. In addition, he has delivered lectures in many universities, including Peking University School of Transnational Law and Monash University Malaysia’s School of Arts and Social Sciences.
Chris Cason (Program Director)
Beginning in law school, Mr. Cason worked to focus the vast resources of the legal community to help disadvantaged populations. On the Board of Governors for the American Bar Association, Law Student Division, he travelled throughout his country to help establish programs for law students to directly contribute to their local environments. While focusing his practice in the United States consisted primarily of Federal commercial litigation and insolvency, his pro bono work was highlighted by his founding of the Debtor’s legal clinic in Seattle, Washington. The clinic focused on protecting the rights of individuals and families swept up by predatory lending practices.
Mr. Cason then turned his attention to education. He taught business law and legal principles at Seattle Pacific University, then went abroad first to South Korea then to his current home in Indonesia. He has been breaking language barriers and preparing lawyers in these countries to deal with foreign legal issues.
Currently, Mr. Cason is using his experience to enhance the Indonesian legal community, working with the IMR on editing the Indonesian Journal of International and Comparative Law, and other comprehensive projects.