Author:Pranoto Iskandar
Pranoto Iskandar
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 condent 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 eorts 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.
260-99 (2014).
2. Adam Wallwork, e Economics of Cultural Property Laws, 1 I. J. I’ L.
1-35 (2014).
3. Adam Wallwork, e Archaeology Paradox: More Law, Less Treasure, L.A. T
(Apr. 7, 2014),

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