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ALSA MAGAZINE 2010-2011 ASIAN LAW STUDENTS’ ASSOCIATION

Asian Forum 2011 in Japan / ALSA Annual Conference 2011 in Singapore / ALSA Study Trip in Bali, Indonesia and Seoul, Korea / International E vent ALSA People participated in – HUMUN and Jessup / Get an invaluable journey in law career with LL.M. / Conditions of Japan after the earthquake / ALSA National Chapter – ALSA Korea / ALSA Capit al - Kuala Lumpur / ALSA Professor article / ALSA STEP News / AIS in Bandung, Indonesia


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ASIAN LAW STUDENTS’ ASSOCIATION ALSA (Asian Law Students' Association), a non-political association, is a newly rising student organization with great developmental potentiality, and its influence in Asian law students is ever growing. Now, ALSA is composed of 10 membership countries and regions, including China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia and so forth. With the rapid development of modern scientific technology and the accelerate progress of globalization, international cooperation in the area of law is taking place more frequently and the wishes to communicate between law students from different countries are growing stronger and stronger as well. Hence, some of the outstanding law students gathered and established ALSA in order to provide an international platform for the law students, with various sense of value about politics, religion, morality and ethics all over Asia, to communicate their ideas about law and other fields of knowledge. Vol.2


ALSA MAGAZINE 2010-2011 ASIAN LAW STUDENTS’ ASSOCIATION

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CONTENTS History of ALSA Organizational Structure of ALSA International Board Officer 2010/2011 Asian Forum 2011 in Japan ALSA Annual Conference 2011 in Singapore ALSA Study Trip 1 in Bali, Indonesia ALSA Study Trip 2 in Seoul, Korea International Event ALSA People participated i n 1 – HUM UN International Event ALSA People participated i n 2 – Jessup Get an invaluable journey in law career with LL.M. The Road to Recovery - Conditions of Japan after the earthquake ALSA National Chapter – ALSA Korea ALSA Capital - Kuala Lumpur, the Heartbeat of Malaysia ALSA Professor - “Is Asia really sharing the same values with EU i n terms of human rights ?” ALSA Student Trainee Exchange Program – STEP News AIS (ALSA INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR) 2011 in Bandung, Indonesia

Chief Editor Nicole Gahyun Kwon Vice President of ALSA International Board 2010-2011 +82-10-3170-7339 vice_president@ALSA--intl.net www.ALSA-intl.net


Asian Forum 2011 Tokyo and Chiba, Japan August 5th -11th, 2011

ALSA Japan conducts various activities according to the vision, “Realize a peaceful and fair society”, shared by many Asian law students. This year, we are honored to host the ALSA Asian Forum which aims to promote greater cooperation in Asia. The whole event will be run by law students who are Asia’s future leaders. Cooperation among Asian countries is essential for the achievement of our vision. Asia has been playing larger and larger role in the world. Considering its diverse backgrounds in politics, economy, cultures, religions and so on. As well as those sensitive and serious problems that should not be put off. It is crucial to recognize its diversity and pursuit to the universality within the perspective of regional cooperation. Incidentally, one of the strength of students is that they are able to work without any restriction of authority such as politics or nation. The organization “Asian Law Students’ Association” holds ALSA Asian Forum once a year. Students from eleven Asian countries and regions stay together in the same place and share the same time. Participants could encounter the diversity of Asia, discuss each problem together and consider these solutions through various programs. At the same time they could build great friendship across borders. In this event, we will experience the epitome of the global community of Asia through academic exchange programs and cultural exchange programs. We would learn the essence who would be the real leaders in Asia and even in the world.


Throughout those experiences, young people would develop their global sense as cosmopolitans from the student age, which would contribute them to play significant roles along the world as the true leaders_ in the 21st century of Asia. These are roles what students can fulfill for “Realize a peaceful and fair society” and further development in Asia. ALSA has built wide network among law students over Asian countries and regions since ALSA was inaugurated in 2002. The event would utilize the network of ALSA, and moreover, aims for structuring further endured friendship among Asian law students. Therefore, we are certain that ALSA Asian Forum will play a role in order to create peaceful, fair and better society

Theme: Human Rights Commissions A: The Change of Digital native - the Internet regulation B: Compulsory education C: Same Sex Marriage - Should it be Allowed or Not? D: Human rights of immigrants in the host society E: Reconsidering the Media of Asian Countries F: Child poverty

Symposium Students participate in the lecture on the subject of “Major International Instruments on Human Rights and International Protection of Refugees” by Professor Susumu YAMAGAMI. He researches international relations and regionalism in the Asia Pacific and makes a worthy lecture based on the back bound of extensive knowledge in the field of “Human rights”. He conveys picture of development and interactions of internationally binding documents and non-binding documents, domestic legislations and reality of international community. Students can get the opportunity to think over the general human rights issues on the viewpoint of diverse of the Asian nations.


Opening Ceremony Opening Ceremony is a very important ceremony that introduces schedules and rules of AF 2011. Therefore, it is a very useful event to all participants, especially foreign participants. As the M.C. of this event, I preceded this event focusing on delivering notices to all participants as well as possible. Opening ceremony is consisted of two big parts. First one is delivering schedules and rules and second one is introducing staffs. →

Welcome Party (Dress code: Pirates) It is an occasion for all the delegates to get to know each other. This occasion is a buffet time in order to each of us can talk to each other’s so that we can do well on this ALSA Asian Forum. This party goes off for about 3 hours in on the first day of AF. The dress code is pirates. The party let the delegates become familiar, ← having dinner together and playing games.

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Cultural Night (Dress code: Traditional clothes of your country) In this event, every country will dress their traditional cloths and perform something to other student something give us idea of each culture. To watch, listen, enjoy many kinds of culture will give us to understand every country have different, but amazing cultures. And to perform own culture to other student help us to understand own culture more deeply. ↓

Farewell Party (Dress code: Flower) This is the time for all of the participants to share the experiences and memories that we would have. We would like to make this session as an unforgettable and precious time for all the delegates so that we all can feel that we all are friends, and that the friendship will continue forever. We would have some program which appreciates for last night of this AF.This Party went off for 2 hours in on the last day of AF. The dress code is “flower”. Delegates pacify their unsatisfied feeling from parting by exchanging gifts. An unsatisfied thing at the party was that program didn’t go off planned because the party began late and party staffs conducted unskillfully.


General Assembly It is an annual meeting composing all of ALSA Executive Committee, the International Board, and all the representatives and attended delegates of all ALSA member countries. In this meeting, attendees have a right to adopt decisions of GCM, AACM, and PRM. Moreover, the new members of the International Board will be selected through an election by all the delegates after the Nomination of all the Presidents according to the regulations of the Constitution

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Administration Meeting Government Council Meeting Academic Activity Coordinator Meeting Public Relationship Meeting

Written by Tomohiro Kumagai PR Coordinator of ALSA Japan Waseda University

Organizing Committee of AF Japan 2011 ↓ http://www.ALSA-jp.net/ https://projeqt.com/af2011i njapan#lsi24584ci0q @asianforum2011 FB : ALSA Asian Forum 2011 in Japan http://blog.livedoor.jp/asian forum2011/


ALSA Annual Conference 2011

ALSA AC 2011 Singapore

7th-12th January 2011

text RICH SEET

photography GERALD THAM & RICH SEET

It was 7:15 in the morning, and I was pacing up and down the lobby of the Hotel Royal in Novena, waiting anxiously for the delegates from Japan to arrive. Being a serial paranoid with a great fear for awkward silences, I conjured up about six hundred different ways in which everything could go wrong. Would there be excessive bowing? Would our tropical heat be too stifling? What if the Merlion got struck by lightning again? The Asian Law Students’ Association Annual Conference (ALSA AC) was held in January 2011. With more than 150 law students from the twelve ALSA member countries, the six-day event aimed to provide a platform for law students across the region to interact and share their ideas and opinions on current affairs and other relevant legal issues.

Consisting of two major portions, an academic programme and a cultural exchange programme, the Conference was designed to foster crosscultural and intellectual pollination, as well as to give our foreign friends a taste of life in spicy Singapore The negotiations exercises were held at NUS Bukit Timah. Here's a happy participant!


=The event opened with the Welcome Dinner, held at the verdant grounds of HortPark. A modern day interpretation of the Venetian masquerade ball, the delegates came dressed with masks reflecting the culture from

Taking the masquerade theme a little too far…

which they came – lifelike Japanese Noh masks, Chinese opera masks and the Malay wayang topeng – creating a cornucopia of colour and culture.

… THE DELEGATES CAME DRESSED WITH MASKS REFLECTING THE CULTURE FROM WHICH THEY CAME… CREATING A CORNUCOPIA OF COLOUR AND CULTURE

The Historic Whitehouse, now the site of the Maxwell Chambers, was one of the stops on the Academic Tour. →

With a focus on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), the academic programme was an eye-opener for many delegates, given the many developments in this exciting area of the law. Consisting of talks by eminent professors from the NUS and SMU, table discussions and negotiation exercises, the academic programme culminated in the ALSA Arbitration Moot Competition, held at the NUS Bukit Timah Campus Moot Court. In addition, the delegates were given a greater understanding of the Singapore legal system through academic tours conducted at the Supreme Court, Parliament House and Maxwell Chambers. In between the academic activities, the delegates had the opportunity to experience first-hand the throb and vibe of our Garden City, visiting the latest additions to our ever-changing skyline such as the Singapore Flyer and the Marina Bay Sands, as well as architectural stalwarts like the Esplanade Theatres on the Bay and the conservation shophouses of Chinatown and Little India.


The delegates also had a screaming good time at the Universal Studios theme park in Sentosa, and tasted delicacies such as chicken rice and char kuay teow during the Food Trail. However, no tour of our city would be complete without the requisite photograph with the Merlion – as demonstrated most charmingly by Kyan, one of the delegates from Japan

The delegates visited various famous landmarks, such as Clark Quay, the Esplanade theatres, and of course, the Merlion!

Cultural Night was a tradition at every ALSA event, and kimonos, Hanbok, saris, sarongs and qipaos gathered in the elegant ballroom of the Hotel Royal at Novena for a night of dazzling performances. Many brought gifts from their home countries to share with the new friends that they had made

As I waved goodbye to my friends through the glass panels that lined the departure halls of Changi Airport, I couldn’t help but feel stupid about ever feeling nervous. Looking back, I remember nothing but the friendships and bonds, the laughter and smiles, the KAWAIII-everything and the non-stop clicking of cameras and that poignancy that comes with a heartfelt farewell. Nonetheless, there’s always the chance to make new memories with friends old and new at the ALSA AC next year!  Text RICH SEE photography GERALD THAM & RICH SEET text RICH SEET

photography GERALD THAM & RICH SEE T


ASIAN LAW STUDENTS’ ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2012 “Evolving Asian Towards World Sustainability” DATE : 19th – 26th FEBRUARY 2012 VENUE : KUALA LUMPURM MALAYSIA “ALSA ALWAYS BE ONE”


ALSA Study Trip Bali, Indonesia 2010

Reaching Out the Harmony of Globalization through Cross Cultural Communication and Global Lawmaking Study Trip is a routine agenda held by any National Chapter which happens to be an occasion to gather ALSA members from all over ALSA Countries while together learning about academic topics and cultures. In 2010, ALSA Indonesia worked with Udayana University Mooting Community for the first time to host ALSA Study Trip in Bali, with the main theme “Culture”.

Indonesia is a rich country of heritage and cultures. But also, Indonesia has similar problems as other countries of Asia, that is about the weakness of protecting culture. That’s why ALSA Indonesia together with Udayana University Mooting Community brought the “Culture” theme, to acknowledge students how important culture is and to make them aware about culture protection. This program was also held to empower the existence of ALSA Indonesia in ALSA International society while at once introducing and inviting delegations to the world famous tour destination spot city, Bali, Indonesia.


The activities were divided into two kinds of activities, academic and non academic. Academic activities include International symposium, table discussion, table rotation, and academic visit. Non academic activities include welcome dinner, cultural night, farewell party, city tour and so many more that have successfully made this exotic Study Trip an unforgettable moment for all Delegations.

International symposium One of the academic activities of ALSA Bali Study Trip is International symposium which was split into two sections with different themes but still on the main theme “culture”. The title for the first symposium is ”International Patent Protection Towards Cultural Heritage” presented by practitioner speaker , Gerry Purba, SH., LLM from Limcharoen, Hughes and Granville Law firm Bali. The second symposium is “Local Wisdom as Potential Global Solution” presented by a senior customary law lecturer speaker from law college of Unud university, Prof. Wayan P.

Table Discussion This is one of the activities in almost every ALSA International event. In this Study Trip, delegations are split into three groups of table discussion discussing three different topics based on “culture” theme. In table discussion, delegations discuss issues, analyze, and make resolution together.

Table Rotation After participants finish table discussion, each group was asked to prepare a presentation to share the result of their table discussion, one to another. In this Study Trip, some were doing presentation by demonstration, presentation, and also even a drama while presenting groups topic.

Academic Visits On this Bali Study Trip, participants were invited to PEMDA (reigns government office) Bali. There, they were shown a video about History of Bali, Balinese culture, and Balinese customary law. They were also given a chance to ask questions, directly to the Head reigns Officer of Balinese Culture. Written by Witny Virgiany Tanod / Vice of External Affairs of ALSA Indone sia / Sam Ratulangi University


ALSA Study Trip Seoul, Korea 2011 Musing the Earth Justice – International Environmental Law and Sustainable Development ALSA Korea has held Study Trip annually with various countries. The first study trip of ALSA Korea was in 2001 study trip with ALSA Japan. Originally, ALSA korea had a close connection with only ALSA Japan. As time goes by, we ALSA Korea started to communicate with other various Asian countries so that we finally held the 2010 winter study trip which included 9 participating counties and 130 participants. Historically, ALSA Korea had never held winter study trip before this 2010 winter study trip. OC members considered that only three countries among ALSA chapter countries have winter season and many delegates would eager to experience winter season. That’s the reason why OC have decided to host the 2010 winter Seoul study trip. ALSA Korea is a unique country which has rich cultures and winter season. However, winter is getting warmer because of environmental pollution. So, ALSA Korea wanted to show our beautiful winter which is our Korean unique character and let every delegate know how our winter is getting warmer. We set the theme of 2010 Seoul winter study trip as ‘Krazy, Outrageous and Active’. OC members deliberated which character would represent ALSA korea and concluded that ALSA korea has a dynamic and energetic impression to other chapters. We hoped this winter ST would gain prestige of ALSA Korea that ALSA Korea always hosts the best study trip among any other chapters during winter. Korea thinks that winter ST was a good chance to keep hosting winter study trip using our own unique season character


Programs of 2010 Seoul winter study trip was divided into 2 parts; academic and non-academic. Academic topic of Seoul winter ST was ‘Environmental Law’. Environmental law has been one of its priority areas since it is recognized as an effective tool for catalyzing national and international action in the field of the environment. The recognition of the crucial significance of environmental law has grown during the years. This topic let all of participants know how environment is getting worse and in danger with the growth of industries.

International Environmental Law and Sustainable Development Table Discussion A Intellectual Property Rights and Climate Change B Sustainable Development and Climate Change C Principle of “Common but Differentiated Responsibility” D Reflecting Current Legal System on Environmental Issues with both Positive and Negative Viewpoint E Considering the Environmental Alternative Dispute Resolution

Non-academic programs were full of diverse programs; sports day, snow sledding day, parties and trips. In Seoul, there are a lot of places which contain historical and cultural meanings. Especially, ALSA Korea planned to bring participants to many historical places to show them our own peculiar cultures and lives. These programs made all delegates to join our Korean culture and lives which is full of dynamic and energetic events every day. ALSA Korea longs to host winter ST again and interchange each countries various cultures again. Written by Tina Eunsol Park/ Head of Seoul ST 2011 OC/ Ewha Womans Uni versity


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International event ALSA People participated in

WHAT IS MODEL UNITED NATION?

First of all let me introduce what is MUN. Model United Nations, also known as Model UN or MUN, is an extracurricular activity in which students typically role-play delegates to the United Nations and simulate UN committees. This activity takes place at MUN conferences, which is usually organized by a high school or college MUN club. At the end of most conferences, outstanding delegates in each committee are recognized and given an award certificate; the Best Delegate in each committee, however, receives a gavel. Thousands of middle school, high school, and college students across the country and around the world participate in Model United Nations, which involves substantial researching, public speaking, debating, and writing skills, as well as critical th inking, teamwork, and leadership abilities.

HARVARD NATIONAL MODEL UNITED NATION

Harvard National Model United Nation was founded in 1955, only a decade after the creation of the United Nations, Harvard National Model United Nations (HNMUN) is the largest, oldest, and most prestigious conference of its kind. Staffed entirely by Harvard College undergraduates, HNMUN brings over 3,000 students and faculty together from colleges and universities around the world to simulate the activities of the United Nations. HNMUN offers a unique opportunity to experience the challenges of international negotiation and diplomacy Last year my university team and I were joining this awesome conference in Boston Park Plaza Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts, United State s. HNMUN actually takes 4 days full of conference and also social events like parties and etc. The conference took place in Boston Park Plaza hotel, it was a huge hotel with an old and classic building. In HNMUN there are big 4 committees session that also contains several committees inside of it :


1. General Assembly -

Disarmament

3. Regional Bodies and

International

and

Security Committee -

Special Political and

European Union

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UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia

Decolonization

Committee -

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and the Pacific 4. Specialized Agencies -

Security Council

Committee

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Historical Security Council, 1991

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Legal Committee

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Ad Hoc Committee

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World Health Organization

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Exiled Revolutionaries, 1850

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Special Summit on Non-Discrimination

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Google Executive Board, 2023

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Historical General Assembly, 1956

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International Atomic Energy Agency Board of

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Non

Social,

Humanitarian,

Governmental

and

Cultural

Organizations

Program 2. Economic and Social Council

Governors 2025 -

North Korean National Defense Commission

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Kuomintang, 1949

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UN Human Rights Council

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French Cabinet, 1936

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UN Development Program

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Joint Cabinet Crisis: The Cuban Missile Crisis –

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UN Children’s Fund

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World Intellectual Property Organization

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International Monetary Fund

Executive Committee of the National Security

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Conference on Trade and Development

Council

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Global Health Cluster

Gabinete Ministerial Cubano -

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Joint Cabinet Crisis: The Cuban Missile Crisis –

Joint Cabinet Crisis: The Cuban Missile Crisis – Ad Hoc Council of the Central Committee of the Communist Party


HNMUN has so many committees cause they have thousands participants all over the world. Every committee has one director, moderator and some assistant director. Their duty is to manage the committee session. On the committee session we will do a debate of a topic area, which we already knew, and research for it, calls moderated caucus. The purpose of moderated caucus is to facilitate substantive debate at critical junctures in the Airlangga University Delegations

discussion.

Next we will do lobbying calls un- moderated caucus. The purpose of the un- moderated caucus is to facilitate delegates deliberating their ideas and interests through delegates-to-delegates conversational approach. Unmoderated caucus can also be utilized to form a bloc or interest group in order to formulate working papers or draft resolutions.

Lastly we will make a Draft Resolution, that's our main purpose and result we do all of MUN process. Only one draft resolution which will be passed from so many people and ideas, and that's the challenging part. Those thousands people will arguing and also lobbying to get rewards. HNMUN has several rewards such as best delegate and outstanding delegate in every committee and the big one is best country representative which also means best university participant (in HNMUN one university represents one country), beside the committee session there will be

faculty advisor and head delegate meeting from every university.


For the non-academic program there will be cocktail hours that we have to wear our traditional clothes, delegate dance and also club night in Boston. One of the fun part in HNMUN is the committee sells a rose during the conference and when you buy a rose the committee will bring your rose and also your note which you can write anything you want, to your object and there will be a time in committee session

At Harvard University

(usually after break) the moderator will announce who gets roses and also read your note in front of public. HNMUN is one of my great conference experiences, it’s big than others MUN conference. HNMUN gave me so many knowledge and open my eyes wider, cause nobody will care about your existence if you are not come up. HNMUN taught me how to show my debate ability in an elegant way and improve my skill and knowledge in any matter.

Marializia Abdullah Sadig President of ALSA Indonesia Airlangga University


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International event ALSA People participated in

And just like that, it was time for us to fly to Washington to compete in the international leg of the Jessup Competition. Nearly six months of incessant research, excruciating practice sessions and a downright torturous lack of sleep were finally coming to an end. All that effort, culminating into a single week of competition – and as we stood in line waiting to check-in our luggage, the sense of equal parts excitement and trepidation were almost palpable. Thinking back to the elation and exhaustion we felt after winning the National Rounds, the victory seemed fresh, like a thing of yesterday. But in our frenzied attempt to catch up with school while balancing even more practice sessions, a month had silently slid us by – and without being as prepared as we would like to be, we were going to be thrust onto a plane and sent to a foreign country to do NUS proud. As a team, we had agreed not to go forward with any expectations. Ideally, our game plan was to have fun, make with the international relations (well at . least the boys were intent on making this part happen) and yes, pour our hearts and souls into this competition. In the words of a great man, this is it (Michael Jackson, if you were wondering),

and we were determined not to bow out without putting up the performance of our lives. First, a short introduction – this year’s Jessup Problem involved public international law (specifically a state’s right of self defense against non-state actors), international humanitarian law, international human rights law and finally an esoteric Convention relating to international corruption. After going through a few practice rounds, it was settled that the boys would take the more masculine issues of self-defense and the laws of war, while the girls would handle the issues relating to women’s rights and corruption. Thus, for the applicants, Mr. Chong Yonghui, a final year student in law school who thoroughly enjoys international humanitarian law and believes


A grueling twenty-two hour flight later, after more airplane food than anyone should reasonably have to endure and sporadic attempts to cram some last minute practice on the plane, we were finally at our destination – Washington. The first night passed in a tired blur as we were still acclimatizing to the twelve hour time difference. Adding to that, our confused bodies simply refused to believe that we were no longer in Singapore and At White House

usually left us wide awake at the unholy hours of two or three in the morning (Washington time). Once again, before our weary, jet lagged minds were fully cognizant of our surroundings, the preliminary rounds had begun. Destiny beckoned, and regardless of how physically exhausted we felt, we were determined to pull ourselves together with sheer willpower and face each round with renewed vigor – although I believe the copious amounts of vitamins, orange juice and coffee we consumed daily probably played a miniscule role, but otherwise, I would like to pin our excellent performance through the preliminary rounds down to our unshakeable resolve. In the course of facing Poland, China, India and Cyprus, we quickly fell back into the familiar

and grueling routine of practice, practice and you guessed it, more practice. Questions taken down from previous rounds would be fired at us by our coach, Mrs. Lim Lei Theng, and as a team we would decide how best to tackle them. Countless hours were spent rehearsing and refining our arguments – How can I put this particular point across better? How can I bridge effectively back to my main argument when hit with that question? Which arguments best respond to our opponent’s memorial? Do these pants make me look fat? – were but some of the challenges we faced daily. Each day started with preparation for the round later in the day, and ended with preparation for the round the next day. While it was tiring, it was also unequivocally exhilarating. The thrill of going

After the Semi Final round ↓

before a new bench of judges every round to make our submissions against different opponents from all over the globe never dissipated. This was also where all the extensive training with our coach, seniors, and numerous practitioners in Singapore who had kindly given us their time and advice, really paid off. Questions launched by judges were answered

deftly,

submissions

were

made

succinctly and rebuttals were delivered mercilessly – I admit to certain embellishment of course,


but the idea was definitely there – and with that we

round away from having a chance at lifting the

were through the preliminary rounds, having won

Jessup Cup.

each and every one of them.

We lost the coin toss and our opponents,

The pressure really started to mount in the

the University of Columbia picked the applicant

rounds of 32 and 16. A loss here would mean that

side. We waited, motionless and with bated breath;

we would be instantly out of the competition.

watching them proceed to the podium first. In the

There was practically no margin for error and if we

deafening silence of the court room, all eyes stood

got through our round in the morning, we would

upon the podium. With a slight nod of the head to

have a mere three hours to prepare for the next

the bench, signaling that they were about to begin,

round in the afternoon. The pace of the

we exploded into a flurry of restrained activity. As

competition picked up considerably, the judges

respondents, it was imperative that we remained

were asking sharper, incisive questions; our

vigilant throughout our opponent’s submissions –

opponents were if anything, even more persuasive;

continuously attempting to read the bench and

and we were running out of coffee and juice. On the

discerning where their concerns lay, while

bright side, by now almost every avenue of

simultaneously searching for the weak points in

questioning that could be thrown at us had been

our opponent’s argument and formulating the best

explored, and we were fluent enough with our

way of weaving our rebuttals seamlessly into our

submissions to launch into them at the toss of a

own submissions. Their allotted 45 minutes flew

coin. Time passed, rounds happened, and after

by and it was our turn to step up to the plate. More

securing consecutive victories against Georgia and

time passed, while the bench launched salvo after

Belgium, we found ourselves in the quarter-finals.

salvo of questions at us, mirroring the barrage that

Once more, we accrued a resounding win against

they had hit our opponents with. Never losing our

Argentina and suddenly, found ourselves one step

momentum, we answered to the best of our

away from having a place in the finals – a mere

abilities,

ruthlessly

advancing

our

case,

strategically giving ground only on the points which were not particularly essential to our arguments. And then, as suddenly as it began, it was over. We could breathe again. The stress, a tangible, suffocating thing, which coiled around us before each round, alerting and invigorating us, had dissipated. We had done our best and there would be no regrets. As you can probably guess by my tone, after some intense deliberation, the judges returned to announce that we had lost – by Award – (left) Sarah Hew, Chong Yonghui, Elsa Goh, Keith Han(right)

a single point.


And thus our journey ended with the semifinals. Allow me to quote my team-mate, colleague, and above all, my friend, Keith Han, to round this unforgettable and monumental experience off. “We started the international rounds joking that we had 9 rounds to go, before we returned the coveted Jessup Cup back to NUS for the 5th time. We ended up finishing 8 rounds, 1 round short of the World Finals. What I brought back instead were coveted memories – of great company, good laughs, camaraderie and many new friendships, but most importantly, an appreciation of my good fortune that I have had the joy of working with the three of you and Lei Theng. After months of stress, the Jessup journey is over – but what we have, will hopefully, last much longer. Thanks Chong, Elsa and Sarah for being part of my best

law

school

experience,

and

leading

protagonists in the fond stories I will be telling in the years to come”

Chong Yong Hui LLB student from NUS Edited by Sarah Hew President of ALSA Singapore National University of Singapore


Get an invaluable journey in law career with LL.M. As a time goes by, the world comes into a competitive era. An increasingly of human needs and important feature of legal education, pushes human to pursuing something more bigger and better. Every year, an enormous number appeared in a graduation of law students. Occasionally, it demands freshgraduates to take another journey of their life, either it has to be pursuing an LL.M. or experience the real work. The article is to discuss and help the many compelling reasons for doing an LL.M., consider carefully all the matters that could be a little help for us. Once upon a time, the only people who pursued an LL.M. did so to become familiar with another legal or as a stepping stone to a career teaching law. Those days are now ancient history. The increasing complexity of modern legal systems has pushed ever more lawyers to seek additional training. In most developed countries, for instance, lawyers routinely take continuing legal education courses in a way that would not have been recognizable even 20 years ago. Similarly, more and more lawyers – probably several tens of thousands – are currently pursuing LL.M.s. And it is not just lawyers wrestling with the increased complexity of legal practice who now pursue LL.M.s. Some seek simply to strengthen their core skills – writing and research, for instance – to be better at traditional lawyering.


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Pursuing the LL.M. It doesn’t matter if you are 24 or 40, There is no expiry date to pursuing the LL.M.. Some people might be immediately go through LL.M. after completing their first law degree and some people wait until they have been practice for several or many years. In general, those who should look to pursue an LL.M. very early in their careers, perhaps right after their first degree, should know where they are headed in terms of:  

Legal subject area : what is the most interesting subject in law. City/country : if you want go abroad or no.


Reasons Why We Have to Go for LL.M. There are many reasons for taking an LL.M., however let we draw you some of the special reasons of why do we have to take it. - To restart your career LL.M. not only adds to your skill base, but also keeps you from having a gaping hole in your CV. Since the more well-developed your skills, the further employers will go to hire you. - To move into a new area of expertise An LL.M. offers the opportunity to change career focus. By choosing the right specialist programme, a corporate generalist can become a securities regulation specialist or a litigator can become a human rights advocate. - To get the bigger global picture Increasing globalization means that fewer and fewer lawyers can afford to view their clients’ or employers’ affairs from the perspective of just one legal system. LL.M. programs offer the chance to learn the law, practices and institutions of other jurisdictions. - To improve your status Possessing an LL.M. degree conjures up a different impression and reaction than being the possessor of just a bachelor’s degree. Getting your LL.M. from a better-quality school than you received your bachelor’s degree from will add further status. The same is true of getting a degree abroad. - To have an interesting experience Many of the benefits of doing an LL.M. are intangible, seeking an intellectually challenging experience, interacting with faculty members and fellow students who are interested in the same professional field.

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Top-10 Law Schools (World)

Top LL.M. Programs

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Oxford University King’s College London New York University University of London Leiden University University of London International Program University of California University of Edinburgh

International Law International Business Law Comparative Law Human Rights Criminal Law Intellectual Property Law

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7 8

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Cambridge University Sydney University

Dispute Resolution Energy and Environmental Law Global Legal Studies International Criminal Law and Justice


The Expert’s Words About LL.M. -Answered by Mrs. Koesrianti Q. What are the reasons how law can be your concern? A. Well, it started when I noticed that every aspect in this life are relating with law. Q. How did you decide your LL.M.’s specialization? A. When I was in college for my first degree, I really interested about Agrarian. Then, I fall in love with international law, so I decided to pursue it with LL.M. Q. So, how did you get your LL.M.? A. I was so lucky and it was God’s will. Since I applied my LL.M. for scholarship because of coincidence and I sent my application and got my scholarship from Australian Government. Q. Are there any differences before and after you took the LL.M.? A. Yes. In many aspects, either academic such as legal research skills, sharpen your language skill and also wider your knowledge. Q. Do you have any suggestion for those who are going to take an LL.M.? A. Yes. You have to sharpen your English and be ready for a lot of study and research. LL.M. will open your mind, make your skill and opportunity wider. Profile of Speaker : She took her LL.M. in Sydney, Australia and then directly took her PhD after she finished her LL.M.. Now, she is currently a lecturer in one of the big top ten universities in Indonesia and also an activist in many seminar with a specialist in international law matter.

Written by Witny Virgiany Tanod Vice of External Affairs of ALSA Indonesia Sam Ratulangi University

http://www.LL.M.-guide.com/ http://www.LL.M.study.com/ www.LL.M.insider.com


THE ROAD TO RECOVERY

ALSA Japan

Conditions of Japan after the earthquake Tomohiro Kumagai Public Relations of ALSA Japan

At about 2:46 p.m. on March 11th, 2011, a huge earthquake, whose magnitude was 9.0, struck a wide area of eastern Japan. It was said that this earthquake was the biggest in one thousand year in Japan. By this big earthquake, the tsunami of more than ten meters in some location was produced and it rushed toward Tohoku region. Many towns were destroyed by the tsunami. The earthquake caused not only damages by the earthquake itself and the tsunami but also a fire, liquefaction phenomenon, the Fukushima 1 Nuclear Power Plant disaster and blackout. I will write about the current condition of Japan and the future government policy. Also, I, this article’s writer, talk about above at the end of June, 2011. So please understand the situation might change.

Quake damage The earthquake occurred near the northeast coast of Sanriku (in the Tohoku area). This earthquake is the biggest in Japan. In addition, the earth quake caused a tsunami which was more than people had expected. The tsunami destroyed houses and buildings, so towns of the coastal regions suffered catastrophic damage. As of 1, June, death toll rises to 15,500, the number of missing people is 7,306, and the refugees have exceeded 112,000. And also more than 200,000 houses and buildings was completely or partly destroyed by the tsunami. According to the announcement of the Cabinet Office on 4,June, immediate damage costs such as roads and houses destroyed because of the earthquake and tsunami have risen to 16.9 trillion yen.

Tohoku area Epicenter Osaka

Fukushima

Tokyo


The nuclear power plant in Fukushima The earthquake and tsunami caused an accident of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. It became impossible to cool the nuclear reactor by losing all electric power supply. As a result, this accident developed into a serious human disaster with a discharge of a large amount of radioactive material. There are six reactors in Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. At present (June.29), all reactors is stopped. Pouring water for cooling reactors continues but polluted water increases. According to TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company), which takes control of Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, amount of heavily polluted water collected in forth from first reactors is about 121,170 cubic meters (June.28). Compared with that of the end of May, it has increased about by about 16,070 cubic meters. Polluted water treatment equipment now operate at half-capacity, so from here on it is needed to raise operation rates to at 80 % of capacity. TEPCO held an annual meeting of stockholders on 28.June. More than 9,200 people, the largest number ever, participated in the meeting. A chairman of TEPCO was questioned the responsibility of his management. Some stockholders suggested that TEPCO withdraw from nuclear power generation, but the suggestion was voted down.

Government policies A policy bill on the rebuilding has passed the Diet. The legislation says its principles with the aim to describe the desirable future direction of Japan in middle in the 21st century and lays out a plan for the establishment of a government body to oversee reconstruction and authorizes special bond issues to fund the rebuilding. And also it designates the disaster -hit region as a special zone for preferential treatment. Government can begin a full reconstruction effort, but specific measures have been decided yet. It seems that the ruling party is busy for a political battle with the opposition party Naoto Kan, a prime minister of Japan, express to resign but it is not clear when he will go out. The people cannot understand what he wants to do, so we, especially disaster victims, deepen a sense of distrust against government


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Reconstruction support A lot of people donate money and supplies to victims. Many famous people such as artists, musicians and entertainers held charity events. In addition, Japan receives support from foreign countries. This is very glad help. As of 28, June, 255,361,908,420 yen has gathered in Japanese Red Cross Society. Of course, various organizations and companies all over Japan This money will be used for reconstruction and victims. Support is not only money. Volunteers are acting in the stricken area. At first, the volunteers who toward the stricken area were few, because the area was far from the metropolitan area and it was also wide. Additionally, it was not easy for volunteers to approach Tohoku area due to the transportation network cutting and the gasoline shortage etc.

Voice of the victims A sixth-grade elementary school girl said, “It is said that the rainy season started and there are many rainy days. So my mother told me that do not get wet because the radioactive material is included in rain. There are many flies in my school they fly around during meal, so my teacher sprays them. I am afraid of earthquake, but I am relieved to meet my friends in my school”. As another comment, a seventy-three-year woman mentioned, “My house and my husband’s spirit tablet were swept up by the tsunami. Currently, I live in temporary housing with my son, his wife, my granddaughter and a dog, John. When I am in a house, I tend to think about my house swept away. However I am able to forget that only when I work in a field during the day. In June, I bought red beans. I am looking forward to harvest them” .

Three months or more passed from the earthquake. Tokyo seems to regain its composure. However, Tohoku people are still struggling against fear of earthquake. Some people had to leave their home to go to other area for safe. We must not forget that. So, we should do what we can. For example, volunteer, fund -raising and saving electricity. I think we have to cooperate deeply in order to reconstruct early. Japanese government should implement not only long-term policies but also short-term policies. I know government has a lot of problems, but prime minister should clearly show what he will do. Finally, I think you ALSA members worried about Japanese condition. We Japanese ALSA members are thankful to your visiting. Of course we also express our appreciation to the member who could not visit Japan. We do our best to contribute to the reconstruction of Japan. Written by Tomohiro Kumagai / PR Coordinator of ALSA Japan / Waseda University


ALSA National Chapter

ALSA KOREA

Hello ALSAian, how much do you know about ALSA KOREA? Don’t you want to know more? One of the biggest national chapters in ALSA, ALSA KOREA will be celebrating its 11th birthday this August! As we celebrate this milestone, we would like to introduce our National Chapter and let you know more about ALSA KOREA its creation, past and present activities, as well as what makes it unique among the many national chapters in ALSA.. ` ` ` ` ` `

The Birth of ALSA KOREA It all started when law students from Korea and Japan participated in an ELSA (European Law Students’ Association) conference held in the autumn of 1996. Inspired, the idea of forming an association of law students from East Asia came to the fore. Starting from home, law students from Seoul National University came together to form a club named ALSA SNU. Following that, ALSA KOREA was officially established in August 2000 with the inclusion of Ewha Women’s University. ALSA KOREA had its first international exchange with ASEAN countries when it participated in the International Law Students’ Forum held in Tokyo the same year. The founding pioneers of ALSA Korea then began the process of bridging the differences between the different educational systems of Asian countries, first by forming the East-Asia Law Students’ Association (EALSA) then by integrating EALSA with the ASEAN Law Students’ Association (AseanLSA), which led to the birth of ALSA and ALSA KOREA as we know them now


INTERNATIONAL EVENTS WE’VE ORGANIZED OR PARTICIPATED IN 1996 ELSA Conference 1998 Summer Forum in Hokkaido 2000 Int’l Forum in Tokyo, Seoul Study Trip 2001 Int’l Forum in Tokyo, Seoul S T, Tokyo ST, ALSA Forum in Seoul

Expansion of ALSA KOREA ALSA KOREA has its humble roots in a pioneer batch of only around 25 but steadily expanded with the emergence of local chapters at other Korean universities - Sungkyunkwan University (2001), Sookmyung Women’s University (2001), Korea University (2001), Hanyang University (2002), Yonsei University (2003) and last but not least, Korea National Police University (2007). ALSA Korea therefore has 8 active local chapters at present that conduct regular recruitment exercises every year.

2002 AF in Japan, Poland ST, Int’l Forum in Taipei, ASEAN Conference in Singapore, 2003 China S T, Japan ST, ASEAN Conference in Bangkok 2004 Singapore S T, Seoul S T, AF in Tokyo, Conference in China 2005 Japan ST, AF in Seoul 2006 Conference in Singapore, Seoul S T, AF in Jakart a 2007 ALSA Conference in Bangkok, AF in Seoul, Japan S T 2008 AC in Kuala Lumpur, Seoul S T, AF in Bangkok 2009 AC in Beijing, AF in Manila, Seoul ST

As you can see right side, ALSA KOREA has endeavored to be more than a participant by organizing many ALSA international events so that true and lasting friendships may be built and maintained with other national chapters. Indeed, ALSA Korea hosts international events at least once every year! Even though we hosted the 2010 AF, we worked fast and hard to make the Winter ST in February 2011 possible, an unprecedented ST that saw participation from 9 countries. Some of you here are probably eagerly awaiting the start of the upcoming ST in July. Rest assured that we are doing our very best to make it an awesome, memorable experience for all participants! We can’t wait to welcome you here in Seoul!

2010 AC in Semarang, Tokyo ST, Chiangmai S T, AF in Seoul 2011 AC in Singapore, Chiangmai S T, Seoul Winter S T Singapore S T, Taipei S T, ALSA Int’l Seminar in Bandung Seoul Summer S T


ALSA KOREA’s Regular National Event We have different kinds of events held regularly every semester. They can generally be divided into two types – academic events and social events. Examples of academic events would include seminars, the ALSA KOREA Conference (a two-day event consisting of table discussions and/or debate and mooting competitions) that enhance the legal knowledge and skills of our members. Meanwhile, as the saying goes, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy! ALSA Korea organizes several social events that allow members from the various local chapters to meet up with each other and have fun together, strengthening the bonds between our members. We have 1) the Orientation, which is held just after the completion of recruitment efforts, 2) Sports day, 3) ALSA day, a day to party, 4) excursions (or what we call MTs aka Membership Trainings) and 5) Homecoming Day, held after the end of our final exams.

Written by Eva Hyang jeong Lee / President of ALSA Korea / Seoul national University


ALSA Capital

Kuala Lumpur The Heartbeat of Malaysia Hello, ALSAian! My name is Jackson Lee from Malaysia! As you know, the next ALSA Annual Conference 2011 will be held in here Kuala Lumpur. So I’m here to introduce the capital of my country, the city of light, Kuala Lumpur! Kuala Lumpur is more than just a capital city: it is a monument to Malaysian ingenuity and determination. From humble beginnings as a tin-mining shanty town, K. L. has evolved into a 21st-century metropolis, dominated by the tallest skyscrapers in Southeast Asia and flush with the proceeds of international trade and commerce. K.L. is every inch the Asian cyber-city: historic temples and mosques rub shoulders with space-age towers and shopping malls. The most striking thing about K.L. is its remarkable cultural diversity. Ethnic Malays, Chinese prospectors, Indian migrants and British colonials all helped carve the city out of the virgin jungle, and each group has left its indelible mark on the capital. Eating, shopping and nightlife are undeniable highlights of any visit to K.L., but don’t restrict yourself to the city – there are numerous parks and monuments dotted around K.L. that make easy day trips for a break from the hustle and bustle.


The City Centre, where you’ll find recently refurbished National Museum tracing the history of the region through prehistory and the Malaccan empire to Independence. Another area of interest to the traveler is the Golden Triangle. Although predominantly a shopping and night-life district, it is also home to the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) and the Petronas Twin Towers, once the world’s tallest building. In the nearby KL Convention Centre is the Aquaria KLCC which contains some 5,000 varieties of tropical fish. Kuala Lumpur also has many theme parks around the city and in the surrounding cities. The most famous of these parks is Sunway Lagoon in the neighbouring city of Subang Jaya. The theme park has rides, a huge waterpark, an extreme park for adventure junkies and a scream park for those wanting a good scare. With Sunway The main attractions are spread throughout the city, although the greatest concentration of places of interest is in

Pyramid just around the corner, it is a haven for every shopaholic. Shopping in Kuala Lumpur is one of travel's greatest pleasures! It is the retail and fashion hub for Malaysia and goods are available in every price bracket. Kuala Lumpur's premier shopping district, the Bukit Bintang area in the Golden Triangle, resembles Tokyo's Ginza, New York's Fifth Avenue and Singapore's Orchard Road and has the highest concentration of shopping outlets in Kuala Lumpur, which cater to varying budgets. Pavilion Kuala Lumpur is a recent addition to the cluster of shopping malls in this area and houses a wide range of international retail brands in an ultra-modern complex. Other notable shopping centers include Mid Valley Megamall and The Gardens at Mid Valley. The former houses over 430 shops crammed into what claims to be one of South-East Asia's largest shopping malls whilst the latter is anchored by a high-end shopping gallery which include Isetan, Robinson's, Marks & Spencer, GSC Signature and Market Place. Written by Jackson Lee / PR coordinator of ALSA Malaysia / University of Malaya


ALSA Professor

“Is Asia really sharing the same values with EU in terms of human rights?”

Takao Suami Professor, Waseda Law School

I heard from members of ALSA Japan that you would discuss various issues having some relevance to human rights in Tokyo this summer. I sincerely hope that you will have fruitful discussion which contributes much to the future of Asian countries. Our region’s future will totally rely upon your generation. As a welcome message from the old generation, I would like to pose you one perspective in order to stimulate your discussion. The Japanese government has always stressed in the context of EU-Japan relationship that Japan is sharing the same values including rule of law, human rights, and democracy with the European Union (EU). It is no doubt that those are common values in Europe. Probably, the Japanese people believe this idea of sharing the same values with Europe without any serious examination. This is because those values were imported into Japan from Europe. However, the European people may have some doubts about whether or not Japan has been actually upholding the same values with them. About twenty years ago, I was asked by a Belgian professor who was a specialist of the Children’s rights. He frankly asked me if the notion of human rights in Japan was exactly the same as that in Europe. I could not immediately give a response to him, because I believed at that time that the notions of human rights in Japan must have been the same with those in Europe. Today, however, I try to argue that Japan is not sharing the same values with Europe. My original hypothesis is that the Japanese notion of human rights is more diffused than the European notion of them. Extremely speaking, there is no clear borderline in the Japanese society between human rights and legal rights. I will elaborate more on this difference. In Europe, the notion of human rights has been mainly addressed to the vertical relationship between the public authorities and the people (“vertical situation”), and civil and political rights actually constitute a core of the human tights. On the other hand, I have an impression that in Japan, human rights are discussed in more situations than in Europe. The protection of human rights in Japan is addressed to not only the vertical situation mentioned before but also the relationship between a specific individual and other individuals (“horizontal situation”). I am afraid in Japan that as a result of such diffusion, human rights are watered down and have lost their effective role to control abuse or misuse of public power. In one sense, the


expansion of human rights have infused fresh energy into the notion of human rights and urged the development of human rights. In another sense, however, the distinction between human rights and just rights under law is blurring in Japan. Even in Europe, however, it should be kept in mind that the notion on human rights is becoming much broader after the Lisbon Treaty came into force in 2009 in particular. This is because the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights has become legally binding by the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty. The human rights guaranteed by the Charter go far beyond both traditional civil and political rights, and social and economic rights. Many of guaranteed rights under the Charter concern the horizontal situation. This might blur the difference between Europe and Japan. In terms of human rights protection, both Europe and Japan are in principle looking at the same direction. The issue discussed here is a matter of degree or extent. Since there is no instrument to exactly measure the degree of difference on the notion of human rights, it is not easy to compare Europe with Japan in this respect. However, we always have to be very careful of whether or not such difference exists. If one makes use of its own understanding the notion of human rights and if one assumes that his way of understanding is universal, it is difficult for you to have constructive discussion about your subjects one another. Good luck to your fruitful and lively discussion and please enjoy your stay in Japan!

Takao SUAMI Current Position and Address Professor of Law, Waseda University Law School Tel. 81-3-3203-4141 Fax. 81-3-5286-1853 E-mail. suamilaw@waseda. jp Education The University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law. LL.B. Degree, March 1979

Professor of Waseda University Law School in Tokyo, Japan (2004-present) -: In charge of European Union Law, European Competition Law, European Environmental Law, Current Developments of Japanese Law, Professional Responsibility and Civil Justice Clinic Director of the Waseda Law School, Legal Clinic L.P.C. (2005-2008)

Cornell Law School, LL.M. Degree, M ay 1988

Visiting Professor of Duke Law School in NC, United States (Spring 2007)

Katholieke Universiteit Leuv en, Faculty of Law, LL.M. Degree, cum l aude, July 1993

Visiting Researcher of Institute of European Law, Katholieke Universiteit

Professional and Academic Experience

Leuven (September 2009 – March 2011)

Attorney at Law in Tokyo, Japan (1981-1987)

Coach of Tokyo Module for Executive Master of European and International Business Law, University of St.Gallen, in Switzerland (2010present)

Senior Associate with De Bandt, van Hecke & Lagae (Currently Linklaters & De Bandt) in Brussels, Belgium (1988-1994) Associate Professor of Yokohama National University, Graduate School of International & Business Law in Kanagawa, Japan (1994-1996) Professor of Waseda University, School of Law in Tokyo, Japan (1996-2004)


ALSA Student Trainee Exchange Program

STEP NEWS STEP stands for the Student Trainee Exchange Program. It was first established in the European Law Student Association in 1984 when the first three jobs were exchanged. Since then, the expansion of the programme has been rapid and successful. ALSA is going to new heights to expand her network in order to ensure that the legal skills of ALSA members are enhanced to their fullest potential and to prepare them for their future jobs. ALSA would thus highly recommend and encourage all members to not hesitate but take part in STEP. STEP officers are given task to allocate possible internships in their own National Chapters. They will establish bonds with any local entity which could be governmental bodies, law firms or private sectors so that these entities would receive internships from other fellow ALSA countries for a period of 3 weeks to 3 months. All STEP information will then be circulated by the respective STEP Officers to every ALSA members via STEP Newsletter and emails. Any member who is interested to apply for an internship as stated in the newsletter may subsequently contact directly to the relevant STEP Officers to proceed with the application and other necessary procedures. STEP officers are given task to allocate possible internships in their own National Chapters. They will establish bonds with any local entity which could be governmental bodies, law firms or private sectors so that these entities would receive internships from other fellow ALSA countries for a period of 3 weeks to 3 months. All STEP information will then be circulated by the respective STEP Officers to every ALSA members via STEP Newsletter and emails. Any member who is interested to apply for an internship as stated in the newsletter may subsequently contact directly to the relevant STEP Officers to proceed with the application and other necessary procedures.


Since August 2010, the STEP team is determined to expand the network to governmental agencies as well as non-governmental organisations in order to provide a wider selection for our fellow ALSA members. As a result, we have obtained the support from many parties to join us as STEP partners. The STEP team is absolutely grateful for the unconditional support from the partners as stated above who warmly welcome foreign applications from law students. When the information is duly disseminated to ALSA members, we have received overwhelming responses from the members over the past few months with regards to STEP. We thus sort out a few core issues which we believe the ALSA members are interested to know. 1. Accommodation When your application is being confirmed by the firm or the non-governmental agencies you applied for, the STEP Officer will assist you to look for homestay. A buddy system will also be arranged by the STEP Officer in order to assist you as long as you work in that country. Kindly inform us earlier if you wish to stay at hotel so that room booking and further arrangement could be made.

Legal Firms KARIM SYAH LAW FIRM in Jakarta, Indonesia ; ESTU & LURY LAW FIRM in Jakarta, Indonesia ; ANGEZO LAW FIRM in Surabaya, Indonesia ; THOMAS PHILIP (Advocates and Solicitors) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia ; NIK HUSSAIN & PARTNERS in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia ; JESSICA, THEIVA & KUM AARI in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia ; Wong PARTNERSHIP LLP in Singapore ; and RAJAH & TANN LLP i n Singapore. Governmental Agency MALAYSIAN LEGAL AID DEPARTM ENT in Kual a Lumpur, Malaysia Non-govern mental Organization CONSUMER ASSOCIATION OF PENANG i n Penang Island, Malaysia

2. Standard of Living The living cost in Indonesia and Malaysia is quite affordable. But the standard of living in Singapore is higher compared to the other two countries. 3. Salary It is only the Singaporean firm that will pay allowance. No salary will be paid by the Indonesian firms but allowance will be given if the intern is working on a case. Till date, we have received four applications from Indonesia and one from Malaysia for internships in Rajah & Tann LLP. Besides, there is also one Malaysian applicant that has also applied to Karimsyah Law Firm under this programme. We hope that STEP programme will eventually benefit all ALSA members and your continuous support to this programme is a meaningful impetus to us to keep bringing betterment to this system in the following years. Written Khoo Yee Mun Academic Activities coordinator of ALSA International Board / University of Malaya


AIS (ALSA INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR) 2011 Bandung, Indonesia . May 31st – 6th June Preparing for a New Age of Diplomacy, Dispute Resolution and Clients Relationship In accordance with ALSA objectives, namely to produce internationally minded, socially responsible, academically committed, and legally skilled students, on 31st May 2011 – 6th June 2011 the International Board of ALSA held ALSA International Seminar 2011. This is also with an aim to empowered and to develop law students skills and broaden their knowledge as a manifestation of our global vision This event would be a way for law students across Asia to wider, sharpen and broadening your future skills and abilities. The seminars was held on 31 May - 6 of June 2011 in Bandung, West Java- Indonesia with a series of activities such as seminar and symposium, workshop, visits and also city trips! With the theme “Preparing for a New Age of Diplomacy, Dispute Resolution, and Clients Relationship”, The idea is to provide an all at once moment for the participant to understand the world diplomacy nowadays which have found new ways of cooperation between countries and as well as settling disputes. Moreover, by participating in AIS, participants will be got a precious knowledge and skills in workshop on clients relationships which will allow participants in equipping themselves with the skills to understand the wills of a client and how to accommodate them. Overall, these vast variety of knowledge which will be provided at a single seminar shall be a great opportunity to realize our visions and to empower law students in Asia.


Symposium With a high ranking public officials and reputable legal practitioner are expected to be our honored speakers will challenge you in analyze an Asian economy in the form of panel discussion.

Legal Training and Workshops Numerous trainings will be conducted during the event by leading professionals in the various field of law in the form of interactive workshops and trainings. It is hoped that such activities will enable participants to further enrich their skills and broaden their perspectives on the practice of various legal aspects

Speakers Profile Dr. Anita Kolopaking S.H., M.H As an activist and also a committee of Ikatan Kekeluargaan Advokat Universitas Indonesia. She is dedicating her life to spread the education and also to developing legal research skills. Ira Andamara Eddymurthy As one of the founding partners of Soewito Suhardiman Eddymurthy Kardono (SSEK), a full-service corporate and commercial law firm based in Indonesia. She graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Indonesia in 1984, was a visiting scholar at the University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law from 1990 to 1991 and attended the Academy of American and International Law in Dallas, Texas, also in 1991. She specializes in capital markets and banking law, finance, including project finance, and tax law. Atip Latiplhayat S.H., LL.M., Ph.D An activist also the famous law journalist and book writer. As a lecturer in Padjajaran University Bandung, he is really interesting in international law, property law and comparative law.


Speakers Profile Helen Theorupun Ongko One of the famous lawyers in Indonesia. She established Ongko Sidharta & Partners. She has credentials and experiences, such as in International Trade, Corporate Law, Finance, Copyrights, Mergers and Commercial Law. She is also an activist in Seminar to keep the spirit of justice for young generation. → H. E. Bagas Hapsoro ASEAN’s first Deputy Secretary-General for Community and Corporate Affairs (DSG CCA), Mr Bagas Hapsoro, started his career as a diplomat in 1984, when he joined the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia at the age of 26. In 1987, he was posted to the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia in New York, USA as Third Secretary and Staff of Economic Affairs until 1991.

Prof. Felix Soebagio S.H., LL.M Felix has established Soebagjo, Jatim, Djarot (formerly known as Soebagjo, Roosdiono, Jatim & Djarot) in 1988. Felix has advised major domestic and international clients among others, in general commercial law, investment, manufacturing industry, property law, finance and capital market. Felix is active in various legal associations. Felix is a Chairman of the Capital Market Lawyers Association (HKHPM), and a Secretary General of the Indonesian Capital Market Arbitration Board (BAPMI). Felix is also a member of the Indonesian Legal Consultants Association (AKHI), member and former President of the Inter Pacific Bar Association (IPBA). Dr. Danrivanto S.H., LL.M As a member of Anggota Komite (Badan Regulasi Telekomunikasi Indonesia) – Indonesian telecommunication regulatory authority. He has International Law as his background. He achieved his LL.M. with scholarship in John Marshall Law School in United States. he is now lecturing and as an instructor in Lemhanas RI and also an active writer in Indonesian famous newspapers


Welcoming Party To establish understanding and friendship among delegates despite cultural, religious and ideological differences. The welcoming party will take place at the hotel lobby.

City Tour / Cultural Trip After all the academic activities have been conducted, participants will visit various cultural highlights such as Saung Angklung Udjo, Geology Museum, Sri Baduga Museum, Braga Streetand many more.

Naphat (Thailand) Attending AIS is the best thing I ever did! Its really a useful and easy program to develop our skills and visions in law as well as getting a lot of experiences and knowledge. I am impressed that we can have an event like AIS and also we have to be more attractive to make AIS well known by members!

Riko (Indonesia) I am amazed with AIS 2011, why? It is combining academic and non-academic activities to make it more pleasant. While we have to absorb many things in process to develop our skills and abilities in law or in this case in diplomacy, dispute resolution and clients relationship, we also served by non-academic activities that boost us up. I wish AIS will get better and better each year!

Outbound AIS participants will not only have their capabilities cultivated in various legal matters, but also exposed to the open-air activities that foster them to be socially and environmentally responsible.

Farewell Party This event is intended to mark the end of ALSA International Seminar where delegates will get a chance to give their last performance.

Written by Witny Virgiany Tanod / Vice of External Affairs of ALSA Indonesia / Sam Ratulangi University


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