roughout the rst year, we unexpectedly faced some surprising chal-
lenges. Perhaps, the most daunting challenge was the feverish expectation
among the local community to yield a better than the national average
result. To be sure, this has not only introduced some invaluable opportu-
nities but also compelled us to produce some inevitable mistakes in order
to enter uncharted territory.
Nevertheless, I am condent that this showed that there is more
going on than my hunch might have suggested. is can be shown in
some pioneering studies that appeared in the rst volume. In the context
of Indonesian studies, for example, Dian Shah critically examined the
ambigous model of Indonesian half-hearted secularism.1 In addition,
much to our delightful surprise, Adam Wallwork’s Economics of Cultural
Property Laws2 made a foray into the public sphere.3 All in all, I expect
that this endeavor might stand a chance.
More importantly, this rst year has taught that it is evident that
this unlikely enterprise can only be realized and nurtured through the
seemingly improbable collaborative eorts among the like minded. For
that matter, I would also like to acknowledge the editorial burden sharing
as well reviewing supports from the board and so many other individuals
to whom I frequently turn to with my many extraneous and frivolous
requests. Ultimately, I am hopeful that this journal will go beyond the
“monkey see, monkey do” model, and generate a more positive scholarly
contribution in the foreseeable future.
1. Dian A. H. Shah, Constitutional Arrangements on Religion and Religious Freedom
in Malaysia and Indonesia: Furthering or Inhibiting Rights?, 1 I. J. I’ L.
2. Adam Wallwork, e Economics of Cultural Property Laws, 1 I. J. I’ L.
3. Adam Wallwork, e Archaeology Paradox: More Law, Less Treasure, L.A. T
(Apr. 7, 2014), http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-wallwork-