About Tordillas


The institute for digital law and society (ToRDilLaS) is a research institute that focuses on issues relating to the law, legal policy development and digital society. This institute will observe and analyse on how law and public policy can foster a prosperous society, improve quality of life, protect human rights, and strengthen democracy, rule of law and good governance. The development of legal thought within digital society has rapidly accelerated with the emergence of social media, e-commerce, fintech, cryptocurrency, cybercrime, cyber-security, data protection and all the internet devices as well as the other online applications. ​

In part, the institute is inspired by the “law and society studies” developed by Prof. Satjipto Rahardjo since 1979. The research method will be carried out by the institution can be said as the continuous works of Prof Satjipto Rahardjo and his law and society studies, with a particular focus on the digital era. The approach employed in law and public policy studies on the topic of information technology is based on socio-legal and multidisciplinary methods.

Currently, we focus on the issue of data protection law. Giving people a legal awareness on data protection law, accompanying government to strengthen the data protection policy and encouraging the private sector to enhance the quality of data protection compliance, indeed, is our concern to improve the right to privacy and digital democracy in Indonesia. The digital economy is one of our fortunes greatly that we may foster a legal culture of data protection laws to safeguard people’s privacy.

Our Program


We study data protection from comparative perspective and organising network of scholars, professionals, and governments to collaborate.

Our multidisciplinary approach to data protection analyses data protection from the basic idea, principles, institutions until best practice which useful for government, businesses, media, law firm, universities, and etc.

We believe that data protection law can enhance the quality of human rights protection as well as digital economy.


We provide training and education to government bodies, NGOs, and organizations who want to improve their understanding of digital law in Indonesia.

At the present time, we provide public and private training concerning data protection law and its national or international compliance.

We have some data protection expert and researcher who may give module and skill to enhance the capacity building of managers or data protection officers.


We conduct research into digital law and society, attempt to identify problems and potential solutions. Specifically, we investigate current legal issues regarding general digital law, social media, ecommerce, fintech, cryptocurrency, cybercrime, cyber-security, data protection.

Furthermore, we attempt to involve stakeholders in the digital law policy-making process. Besides that, we also provide legal assistance to vulnerable people who have been victimized by problems relating to digital law.

The Founders

Prof Mella Ismelina F. Rahayu, SH, MHum
Dr. Awaludin Marwan, SH, MH, MA
Ariehta Eleison Sembiring, S.H., LL.M,
Affan Giffari, S.H., LL.M,

Researchers and Experts

Prof Abu Bakar Munir
Dr. Herlambang Wiratraman
Dr. Widodo Dwi Putro
Teguh Arifiyadi, SH, MH
Dr. Eduardo Arenas Catalán
Rowan Davies
Dr. Wijayanto
Bunga Meisa Routy Siagian, SH, MSc
René J. Rouwette
Akhyar Sadad, Ad. Eng., ST.
Kunto Nurcahyoko
Setya Indera Arifin
Ryan Edhvira Prabowo
Unu Herlambang
Muhtar Said


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