The Doctoral Program in Law at the Faculty of Law Universitas Airlangga was established in 1976 and funded by the General Directorate of Higher Education Department of Education and Culture through Doctoral Program Management Team (TMPD) project. Based on Rector Decree Number A.II.2883 / Rektor / 25a / / 1979 , dated March 16, 1979, the organization of Graduate program administration of Universitas Airlangga was under Coordinator of Graduate Programs Universitas Airlangga that reports to the Vice Rector I (Academic Affairs). The academic activities were conducted by the Head of Graduate Education Program or the officials in each faculty. There were quite a number of participants who has successfully achieved the Doctoral degree in Law. In addition, the Doctoral Program also offered “Sandwich Program”, a joint cooperation with the Netherlands, in which students would receive a scholarship to study in a doctoral program in Netherland. The program was managed by the Nederlandsche Stichting voor Juridisce Samenwerking tussen Indonesia en Nederland.
Based on Presidential Decree No. 56 of 1982 on Universitas Airlangga Organizational Structure and the Decree of Universitas Airlangga Rector No. 8897 / PT.03.6 / 0/1982 dated October 19, 1982 on Stipulation of Official Dean of Postgraduate Faculty of Universitas Airlangga, the management of Doctoral education program was gradually transferred to the Dean of Postgraduate Faculty of Universitas Airlangga and directed in accordance with Government Regulation No. 5 of 1980 on the Principles of Organization of State University or Institute.
Furthermore, based on the Decree of the Minister of Education and Culture No. 23497 / C / I / 1983 on the appointment of the Dean of Postgraduate Faculty of Universitas Airlangga dated March 10, 1983 from April 1, 1983 the administration of the Postgraduate Education of Doctoral Program was entirely administered by the Postgraduate Faculty denoting the initial year of the Study Program. In fact, the postgraduate education with TMPD program in the period of 1976-1982 was an unscheduled program. Since 1983 the program has officially had fixed curriculum and academic schedule. The legal basis for the development and implementation of the Doctoral Education was Decree No. 1443 / PT.03.1 / O / 1984, March 1984, which was then renewed in 1987 by the Decree of Minister of Education and Culture No. 0207 / U / 1987 on the Implementation of Doctoral Education in Higher Education.
Based on the Decree of the Dean of Postgraduate Faculty of Universitas Airlangga No. 26212 / PT.03.H 4.FPS / 1/1988 on Doctoral Program Handbook on September 1, 1988, Doctoral Education was redesign by adjusting the curriculum in accordance to each field of science offered, including the field of law. The redesign was further regulated by Minister of Education Decree No. 0311 / O / 1991 on The Closure of Graduate Faculty at State University and Institute. With the enactment of Minister of Education and Culture Decree No. 053 / U / 1993 on the Implementation of Doctoral Education in Higher Education, the curriculum redesign of Law Study Program was enhanced along with the arrangement of various aspects of academic activities and expected to encourage students to complete their study within the expected deadline.
The legality of the Study Program was confirmed through the Decree of the General Director of Higher Education Ministry of Education and Culture No. 593 / DIKTI / Kep. / 1993 on the License Granting of the Implementation of Doctoral Program (Attachment A.1) and Decree of the Minister of National Education of the Republic of Indonesia No. 232 / U / 2000 on Guidelines for the Formulation of Higher Education Curriculum and Students’ Learning Assessment Results.
The academic activity of Law Study Program referred to the Decree of Universitas Airlangga Rector No. 7844 / J03 / PP / 2008 on Education Regulation of Doctoral Program of Postgraduate Program Universitas Airlangga, which was completed with Curriculum Implementation Guidance and Syllabus of Doctoral Program in Law 2007/2008.
In 2009, the management of the Doctoral Program was transferred to the Faculty of Law based on the Rector Decree No. 1289 / H3 / KR / 2009 on the Delegation of Management of Doctoral Program on Law from Postgraduate Program to the Faculty of Law Universitas Airlangga with the exclusion on quality assurance and Postgraduate Program Scholarship (BPPS) which was still handled by the Graduate Program. To overcome the legal void in the curriculum aspect, while awaiting the confirmation of curriculum by the Rector, since 17 September 2009 the curriculum has been implemented based on the Dean Regulation no. 271.A / H3.J.3 / KD / 2009 on the Management of Implementation of Doctoral Program in Law. In 2012, the 2012 Curriculum was enacted with the issuance of Universitas Airlangga Rector Regulation No. 9437 / H3 / KR / 2012 on Curriculum Stipulation on Legal Studies Program on Doctoral Level at the Faculty of Law Universitas Airlanggga on 30 July 2012.
On May 30, 2014, the Universitas Airlangga Rector issued Regulation No. 32 of 2014 on the Academic Regulations of Universitas Airlangga. The next regulation issued by the Rector of Universitas Airlangga was Regulation No. 21 of 2014 on the guidelines of Doctoral Programs (S3) of Universitas Airlangga, on June 30, 2014.
Based on the two regulations aforementioned, while awaiting the Rector Regulation concerning the enactment of the new Doctoral Program (S3) curriculum, the Dean Regulation No. 391 / UN3.J3 / 2014 was issued on the Management of Doctoral Education in Law. This regulation enabled the implementation of curriculum as explained in the 2014/2015 Student Handbook. Meanwhile, the previous curriculum–the curriculum of 2012 was still valid for students from previous batches. The Rector Regulation No. 9437 / H3 / KR / 2012 on Curriculum Stipulation for Doctoral Program in Law at the Faculty of Law Universitas Airlanggga was issued on 30 July 2012.