LENTERA HUKUM (Journal of Legal Studies) is a fully open access peer-reviewed scholarly journal that addresses legal issues and questions arising in Indonesia and the Global South countries. This journal aspires to provide a comparative and interdisciplinary forum to disseminate up-to-date analysis on constitutionalism, human rights law, environmental law, technology law, and legal pluralism within the Global South perspective.

Indonesia is characterized as a heterogeneous nation with European, Islamic, and indigenous legal traditions; often referred to as distinct from its colonial-origin legal system. While World War II ended, Indonesia's endeavors to legal development and democratization have faced challenges such as authoritarianism, inequality, and divided society amidst the unfinished project of legal transplants, as they have been also encountered by many other Global South countries. Hitherto, the discourse on Indonesia's legal development and those in other Global South countries has remained relevant due to their relatively similar and unique pathways with arduous tasks in developing the legal system. They also experienced colonialism and imperialism in the past, followed by current efforts to consolidate and leverage state capacity to the emergence of nationalizing, developmental, and neoliberal agendas.

Taking Indonesia and the Global South countries as a starting point for an exploration of legal conversation represents critical but more likely underrepresented discourses amidst the structural dominance of legal knowledge production in the Global North. The term "Global South" frequently refers to the unequal power relations that shape the lives of current and former colonized, enslaved, and dispossessed nations by imperial powers, believed as an epistemological grid of power, not a geographic divide, that has shaped academic knowledge, including legal studies. However, while many southern countries follow the West-led perspectives to legal development, the trajectory to designing their distinctive features has flourished and encouraged legal scholars to explore more complex relations due to politically, socially, and culturally diverse, whose legal developments are often directed to respond to newly emerging economies and divided societies. Therefore, this journal adds an increasingly important cross-border legal analysis with the Global South standpoint, primarily by considering southern countries' voices and experiences in legal development.

As an open-access journal, all contents are freely available without charge to users or their institutions. Users can read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without prior permission from the publisher or the author. Therefore, this journal has been approved by the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), which indicates that it has fulfilled the open-access requirements of a peer-reviewed journal.

Since 2020, this journal has exclusively published all papers in English. Therefore, it only accepts submissions written in English. The change to the use of the English language aims to improve its international audiences so that the publication is expected to engage more global readership and authorship. All authors interested in submitting their manuscripts to this journal are strongly advised to refer to our Call for New Submissions and Instructions for Authors.