Private Sector Ombudsman and Strengthening Consumers’ Access to Justice: The Experience From Yogyakarta1

Widijantoro, Johanes (2012) Private Sector Ombudsman and Strengthening Consumers’ Access to Justice: The Experience From Yogyakarta1. Sociology Study, 2 (8). pp. 569-590. ISSN 2159‐5526

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After the monetary and political crisis of 1997 and 1998, Indonesia has been viewed by some observers as having entered into a transitional phase from authoritarian rule by a strong state toward a new democratic system of government in which civil societies will play a more prominent role. Democratization process is also accompanied by the rise of a strong civil society, which would together result in more efficient and transparent governments at local levels. This article aims to show the dynamic of democratization process in Indonesia, in which civil societies such as business actors, NGOs (non‐government organizations), journalists, scientists, business associations, consumer organizations, etc., play a more apparent role. Focused on the establishment of Private Sector Ombudsman (Lembaga Ombudsman Swasta—LOS) and also its role and responsibility, the author examines how LOS has become an alternative option for consumers to strengthen access to justice. In the last three years, LOS has succeeded in handling more than 200 cases and some of them have been the hottest issues. On the one hand, the emergence of LOS shows that civil society in Yogyakarta has played a significant role in implementing business ethics and good governance principles, and on the other hand, LOS has been proven to be the answer for consumers’ needs in which consumers’ complaints settled quickly, informal, and free of charge.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Private Sector Ombudsman (Lembaga Ombudsman Swasta—LOS), consumer protection, access to justice
Subjects: Ilmu Hukum > Peradilan dan Penyelesaian Sengketa Hukum
Divisions: Fakultas Hukum > Program Studi Ilmu Hukum
Depositing User: Editor UAJY
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2013 13:27
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2018 07:12

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