Muhammad Bahrul Ulum

Muhammad Bahrul Ulum is a PhD scholar at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) who worked in the NGO and university sectors. His research critically examines how the Indonesian government's decision-making on agricultural land use can promote the right to adequate food. This research argues that the agricultural land-use framework incorporating the right to food enables the government to empower small farmers to have access to land resources to produce food for their livelihood. This thesis allows him to understand the underlying barriers to agricultural land use change in Indonesia on the right to adequate food and how the current framework needs to be reformed to realise better food policies with a human rights approach.

Before pursuing PhD, he was an assistant public lawyer at Legal Aid Institute (LBH) Surabaya to serve the structural legal aid to promote human rights, democracy, and the rule of law. Through this Institute, he carried out a field task to monitor the performance of legal aid services in the District Court of Tuban under the Indonesian Supreme Court. In addition, he worked at the Centre for Human Rights, Multiculturalism, and Migration (CHRM2), University of Jember with his research interest in constitutionalism and rights-based instruments. He delivered presentations at conferences held by the Indonesian Constitutional Court, the University of Jember, the University of Sydney, the University of Indonesia, the Vietnam National University, and the National University of Singapore. He has published articles in peer-reviewed journals and served as a reviewer in some journals published by Oxford, Sage, and Elsevier. Recently, he was among the expert members in researching and drafting the human rights standards for the right to adequate housing, part of the Indonesia National Commission of Human Rights initiatives. This document has become the national guideline for policymakers and decision-makers on housing in Indonesia.

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