What happened on May 1998 has attracted many attention since there was a conflict among any interest which could not be solved by the law in charge. Thus, jurisprudence of interest tried to see advantaged which could be gained from interests looking because all existence interest needed certain law to protect them. Furthermore, law functioned as a tool of social engineering where law was supposed to protect state's, society's, and individual's interest. That theory, in fact, had been applied by the government in Soeharto's era to rule the country. At a very first time, the government applied the law properly, but then the situation changed where law only functioned as a supplement to support government's acts, while the government functioned as a tool of social engineering. This explorative descriptive research is trying to captured those acts.Literature studies showed that Surakarta, started from its beginning has already become a city in where many interest conflict happened, a city which always been issued as a public barometer, and one of the victims in the national tragedy happened on May 1998 with a great loss. This research conclude that law was considered fail to protect individual's, society's, nor state's interests since there were many provocateurs who tried to make the situation getting worse. Any conflicts related to law application should be ended in the court, but at that time, it was ended by a chaos.
Magdalena Lestari Ginting, Pelita Harapan University, Indonesia
Rehnalemken Ginting, Sebelas Maret University, Indonesia
Stream: Law, Policy & Media Ethics
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