Mr. Yance Arizona
Member of the Kerinci Tribe, Indonesia
Executive Director, Epistema Institute
Yance Arizona is Executive Director of the Epistema Institute, a think tank organization promotes research-based advocacy related to natural resources and indigenous issues in Indonesia. He also serves as lecturer of jurisprudence at Law-Department President University and Jentera School of Law. In 2013-2014, Yance awarded as Indigenous Leader Conservations Fellow from Conservation International that supports his activities to explore conflict between state and customary law pertaining to community’s control over customary forest.
He completed his master in constitutional law from University of Indonesia (2012) and master in sociology of law from Onati International Institute for the Sociology of Law (IISL), University of the Basque Country, Spain (2016). He participates in several summer courses related to indigenous peoples and natural resources management. By 2011, Yance took part in the tailor-made course on Agrarian Transition for Rural Development at the Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University, the Hague, Netherlands. He also participated in Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program 2013 at the College of Natural Resources, University of California, Berkeley, and attending Indigenous Studies Summer Program at Columbia University in 2014. He has written several books related to constitutional law, agrarian law reform and the indigenous peoples’ land rights. He will begin his study as PhD student at Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance, and Development at Leiden University, the Netherland by early 2017. His research focusing is Indigenous Communities Movement and Law Reform in Indonesia.