Saldi Isra (born 20 August 1968) is an Indonesian jurist and law professor. In April 2017, he became a Justice of the Indonesian Constitutional Court, one of the nation’s two top courts. Prior to becoming Constitutional Court Justice, he was a professor of constitutional law at the Andalas University in his native West Sumatra. Throughout his academic career, he received awards in connection to his efforts against corruption in Indonesia.
Saldi was born on 20 August 1968 in Paninggahan, Solok Regency, West Sumatra. His father Ismail was a farmer and his mother was Ratina (both deceased), and he was the sixth child of seven siblings. He failed Indonesia’s national university entrance examinations in 1988 and 1989 before he passed the exam in 1990 and gained admission to the Faculty of Law at Andalas University, Padang, West Sumatra. While studying there he wrote about the need for a constitutional court in Indonesia (it was only established later in 2003), including it in his undergraduate thesis. He completed his undergraduate degree in March 1995 with summa cum laude honors.
Shortly after completing his graduation he began teaching at Andalas. While a staff there he pursued further studies, and received a master’s degree from the University of Malaya in Malaysia (2001) and a doctor’s degree from Gajah Mada University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia (2009). In 2010 he became a full professor of constitutional law.
In 2004, he was awarded the Bung Hatta Anti-Corruption Award for his role in uncovering a corruption scandal in West Sumatra’s provincial legislature. In 2012 he was given the Megawati Soekarnoputri Award for his anti-corruption efforts. During one of the cabinet reshuffles of the Joko Widodo presidency, he was summoned to Jakarta in consideration for a cabinet appointment, but he rejected it, saying he preferred an academic career over a political one.