Currently, Yance Arizona is a PhD researcher at Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance, and Society, Leiden University, the Netherlands. He is also a lecturer of Constitutional Law and Jurisprudence at Law-Department, President University, Indonesia.
He was born in Kerinci on March 24, 1983. Yance obtained a master in constitutional law at Faculty of Law, University of Indonesia (2012), moreover, he completed a Master of Arts in Socio-Legal Studies at Onati International Institute for Sociology of Law, University of the Basque Country, Spain (2016). Prior to master studies, he obtained his bachelor in constitutional law studies at Faculty of Law, Andalas University, Padang (2007). During his study at Andalas University, he was student activist who serves a chairman of Association of Student Advocacy and Societal Studies (Lembaga Advokasi Mahasiswa dan Pengkajian Kemasyarakatan/LAM&PK), and President of the Student Executive Board (Badan Eksekutif Mahasiswa/BEM), Faculty of Law, Andalas University.
Later on, he became a researcher at Perkumpulan HuMa, Jakarta since 2007-2010 and Epistema Institute, a think thank organisation which support community and ecological-based law reform (2010-2016). His last position was an interim executive director of Epistema Institute. Beside of his role as a researcher and an NGO activist, Yance is also a lecturer at Law-Department, President University since 2011. He serves teaches subjects includes constitutional law, jurisprudence, administrative law, socio-legal research method, lawmaking and legal drafting.
In 2014, Yance got a fellowship under the Indigenous Leaders Conservation Fellowship Program sponsored by Conservation International. This program supports his research in Kerinci and brings him to participate in the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and a short course on indigenous studies summer program at Columbia University, New York, USA. His participation in this program was summarised in the following video.