Helen Pausacker is Deputy Director of the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society (CILIS) and an Executive Editor for the Australian Journal of Asian Law
. She is a Principal Researcher with the Asian Law Centre and CILIS. She was Convenor of the Indonesia Forum, an inter-Faculty group at the University of Melbourne (2001, 2009 to 2011).
Helen is an Arts graduate of the University of Melbourne (BA Hons, BLitt and Graduate Certificate in Gender and Development) and Monash University (MA) and completed her PhD at the Melbourne Law School in 2013.
Helen has worked in a number of Indonesia-related positions, including as lecturer and tutor in History at the University of Melbourne (1995-1996) and Politics at Latrobe University (2000); as language facilitator and interpreter for a number of legal and non-government organisations; a research position with the Australian Council for Overseas Aid and as Office and Production Manager for the magazine, Inside Indonesia
Helen’s research interests in the legal field include charges of ‘pornography’ and prosecution of religious sects, both under the current Indonesian Criminal Code and she also researches in the field of Javanese culture.
Helen’s publications include Behind the Shadows: Understanding a Wayang Performance
(Indonesian Arts Society,1996), Chinese Indonesians: Remembering, Distorting, Forgetting
(co-edited with Tim Lindsey, ISEAS, 2005) and Religion, Law and Intolerance in Indonesia
(co-edited with Tim Lindsey, Routledge, 2016).