Citta Widagdo

Citta Widagdo

Birmingham Law School
Doctoral researcher

Contact details


  • LLB (University of Indonesia)
  • LLM in Criminal Justice, Family and Social Welfare Law (University College London)


I graduated with an LLB from the University of Indonesia in 2013 while completing a year long internship at the University of Indonesia’s legal aid firm and the legal clinic for women and children’s protection. I was also the Editor-in-Chief of the Corridor of Law, a legal journal run by the Student and was a volunteer at a national children’s hospital. I then obtained my LLM in Criminal Justice, Family and Social Welfare Law at University College London, where I focused on health care law and took courses on Global Health Law and Bioethics Governance. My dissertation focused on the public health law responses to communicable diseases in England and Wales. After completing my LLM, I undertook an internship at a children’s charity in London before joining Birmingham Law School in 2016.

Doctoral research

PhD title
The Role of Law in Non-Communicable Diseases Prevention
Professor Jean V. McHale and Dr Ben Warwick
Law PhD / PhD by Distance Learning / MPhil / MJur


My research looks at the essential role of law in preventing non-communicable diseases, particularly cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancers and obesity, by responding to their modifiable risk factors, such as tobacco use. In my research, I will confront questions such as the extent law should intervene to improve the behaviour of populations, the legitimate role of government in influencing individual behavior, and the role of public health laws to advance the right to health and to create better conditions that enable people to live healthy lives.

My general interests lie in the areas of public health law, bioethics, and global health governance.

Other activities

  • Member of Chatham House
  • Web profile: LinkedIn
  • Moderator for the ‘Building Indonesia through Health Innovation’ seminar organised by the Indonesian Students’ Association in the United Kingdom, 17 June 2017



  • C. Widagdo, ‘Legislative Changes in Indonesia will Limit Access to Contraception and Breach Rights’ (Health and Human Rights Journal, 2017)
  • C. Widagdo, ‘Creating a A Fairer Indonesia for People with Disabilities’ (Global Public Policy Watch, 2016)
  • C. Widagdo, ‘The Impact of Coercive Chemical Castration’ (Global Public Policy Watch, 2016)
  • C. Widagdo, ‘When Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: Indonesia and the Freedom from Tobacco’ (Huffington Post, 2016)
  • C. Widagdo, ‘Indonesia’s War on Drugs: On Capital Punishment and How it Harms Public Health and Human Rights’ (Huffington Post, 2016)
  • C. Widagdo, ‘Building Indonesia for and with Children: The Importance of Prohibiting Corporal Punishment’ (Huffington Post, 2016)
  • C. Widagdo, ‘Ending Child Marriage in Indonesia: Fulfilling the Promise of the Sustainable Development Goals’ (Huffington Post, 2016)