Sunday, 8 April 2012

Introduction to the East Timor Law Journal on WordPress

Welcome to the East Timor Law Journal on Wordpress.

East Timor Law Journal began on 3 March 2004 primarily to publish analyses, commentaries and legal opinions on the laws, the legal system and legal policy in East Timor.

The original site domain was but as the expense and complexity of maintaining that site became prohibitive for the publisher, it was decided to transfer the journal to this free platform in order to preserve the more significant articles that were published on the original site.

As some of the original articles have become outdated as new legislation has been enacted during the 10 years since the transfer of sovereignty from the United Nations to the newly created State of East Timor (sometimes referred to as Timor-Leste) in 2002, those articles have not been republished here but may still be found using one of the internet look-back sites.

Many articles have been cited in other works as authoritative analyses of numerous legal issues in East Timor and we would like to encourage readers to submit their own new works for review and publication.

It is proposed in due course to compile an annotation of such articles that cite the works published on the East Timor Law Journal with links to those articles to facilitate research sought to be undertaken on the law and legal policy in East Timor.

Ultimately, it is hoped that the East Timor Law Journal will continue to contribute to the scholarly debate of legal issues and the development of legal policy and legislation, raise global awareness of the many and complicated legal problems faced by this relatively new nation and contribute to the entrenchment of the concepts of the rule of law, human rights and democracy in a place where none of those concepts has a happy history.

Warren L. Wright BA LLB
Solicitor & Barrister
09 April 2012


  1. I am looking for an article published in 2004 by Alipio Baltazar on the constitutional drafting process in Timor-Leste. Any suggestions as to a way of finding it ? Many thanks. Rui Feijo

  2. Hello Rui,

    Alipio's article has now been re-published here.

    Best regards,

    Warren L. Wright BA LLB
    Editor, East Timor Law Journal

  3. Thanks so much, Warren


  4. Dear Pak Warren,
    Thanks a lot for naintaining my article in web and glad many writers quoted it for developing their research. It's greatly appreciated.

    Best regards,
    Alipio B.




1. The Rule of Law: Theoretical, Cultural and Legal Challenges for Timor-Leste




1. Justice for Serious Crimes Committed during 1999 in Timor-Leste: Where to From Here?

2. Joint Command for PNTL & F-FDTL Undermines Rule of Law & Security Sector Reform in Timor-Leste

3. Criminal Justice in East Timor and the Constitution of East Timor

4. Commentary on the Draft Arms Law in Timor-Leste

5. Deleted


1. The Law on Political Parties (No 3/2004) & the Decision of the Timor-Leste Court of Appeal in the case of Vitor da Costa & Ors v Fretilin

2. Ethnicity, Violence & Land & Property Disputes in Timor-Leste

3. East Timor: Reconciliation & Reconstruction

4. Legal opinion on the appointment of the Prime Minister and the formation of Government in Timor-Leste

5. A legal opinion on the Formation of an Unconstitutional Government in Timor-Leste

6. Commission for Truth Friendship East Timor Competing Concepts of Justice

7. 25th of May 2006 Massacre & War Crimes in Timor-Leste


1. Some Land Tenure Issues in Post-Conflict East Timor

2. Extradition from Indonesia to East Timor & the Serious Crimes Process in East Timor 1999 - 2005

3. East Timor: Internal Security, States of Seige & Emergency: A Note on the Constitutional Provisions & the Internal Security Law 2003

4. East Timor: The Constitutional Process Governing the Dismissal of the Government

5. Guidelines for Preparation of Outgoing Requests by East Timor for International Judicial Assisstance - Extradition Requests & Letters Rogatory - A Practice Manual

6. Roles of the President and the Prime Minister in the Current Constitutional Crisis in East Timor

7. Institutions & the East Timorese Experience

8. An Early Warning System for Timor-Leste: A Framework Concept of the Need & Possibility of an Early Warning System for the Timorese People


1. The Timor-Leste Maritime Boundaries Case

2. Deleted

3. On the occasion of the International Conference on Traditional Dispute Resolution & Traditional Justice in Timor-Leste

4. General Facts on the Timor Sea & Facts on the Negotiations on a Permanent Maritime Boundary between Timor-Leste & Australia

5. Deleted

6. Morality, Religion & the Law: Abortion & Prosititution in East Timor


1. A Note on Land Rights in East Timor (Indonesian Government Regulation No 18 of 1991 on the Conversion of Land Rights in East Timor) & the Purported Suspension of Article 5 by Government Regulation No 24 of 1992

2. UNTAET Land Policy

3. Some Observations on UNTAET Regulation No 27/2000 on the Temporary Prohibition on Transactions in Land by Indonesian Citizens

4. Sandalwood & Environmental Law in East Timor

5. Some Observations on the Report on Research Findings & Policy Recommendations for a Legal Framework for Land Dispute Mediation in East Timor

6. An Overview of East Timor's Law No 1 of 2003 on the Juridical Regime on Immovable Properties

7. Report on Research into Adat Land Law in East Timor

8. Short Analysis of UNTAET Executive Order No 2 of 2002 on the Decriminalisation of Defamation

9. An Overview of the Constitutional Drafting Process in East Timor

10. Some Notes on East Timor Government Decree No 1/2004 on the Orthographical Standard of the Tetum Language

11. UNTAET Guidelines for the Administration of Public & Abandoned Property by District Administrations

12. Tara Bandu: The Adat Concept of the Environment in East Timor

13. Finding Ways of Resolving Land Problems in East Timor