The Winner of National Round Moot Court Competition in Indonesia


mootcourt.jpgLaw students of the University of Indonesia (UI) and Parahyangan University will represent Indonesia in an international court competition in March in the United States.

They were the winning teams of a three-day national round moot court contest after eliminating other law undergraduates in the 2008 Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in Jakarta.

The victory qualified the UI and Parahyangan students for the championship in March and April in Washington D.C., where they will face off with contenders from countries worldwide.  

The event was the 7th competition, which was jointly held by the Indonesian Society for International Law and the Constitutional Court. Participants said the contest, held at the Constitutional Court building, proved the ability of Indonesian students to partake in international law events.

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Law Student of University of Indonesia

Hanna Azkiya, a female law student from University of Indonesia (UI) law student, one of my junior colleagues, won the internationally prestigious Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Pseudo-Trial Competition in the United States beating more than 200 participants from 95 universities of other countries, an official said.

Hanna beat over 200 students including those from the U.S., Britain, Australia, Singapore, China and Malaysia, he said, adding that the announcement of the winner made by the committee of the International Law Students Association on March 31 at 9 p.m. local time.

The pseudo-trial in Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Competition constitutes trial simulation from The Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ). This competition was for the first time held by the International Students Association under the aupices of the American Society of International Law in 1960.

According to our Dean, Prof. Hikmahanto Juwana, S.H., LL.M, Ph.D., the oralist is a student acting as solicitor making arguments in response to questions put forwarded by the judges. Besides the requirement of mastering the language used in the competition, the oralist must answer the questions correctly and in the right words and sentences during the trial. She gave explanations to queries from a panel of judges. Of course, an oralist must have language skills and must be smart enough to give reasonable arguments.

Hanna Azkiya, born in October 10, 1986, has participated in the Jessup competition twice. She once became the best speaker in the maritime pseudo trial n Sydney, Australia, in 2005. Hanna who was a Al-Azhar Senior High School graduate in Kemang, Jakarta, also became the best oralist in the Jessup national round competition in Jakarta at the beginning of this year .

Due to her fabulous achievement, Justice and Human Rights Minister Hamid Awaluddin wanted to meet her and other team members, and would accompany them to meet President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. This year, UI sent a team of four students to the event. They are Hanna, Fitria Chairani, Harjo Winoto and Hadyu Ikrami. They were accompanied by Tiza Mafira (coach) and Dewi Safitri Reni (assistant coach).

Well, on behalf of Class 2001, I sent you my sincere gratitude and bunch of lovely thanks. Keep up the good work and someday we’ll see how you beat other int’l lawyers in International Forum. So, no more islands can be taken by other countries.

Jaya Indonesia!

The Lawyers Behind "Lonelygirl15"


Last week’s outing of lonelygirl15 quickly became the stuff of Internet legend. Rumors were already circulating that this YouTube favorite was a hoax when a reporter and his son broke the news on SiliconValleyWatcher that the supposed 16-year-old girl recording confessional videos in her bedroom was actually a 20-something actress named Jessica Rose. The next day, reporters Virginia Heffernan and Tom Zeller Jr. confirmed the story in The New York Times.

Lonelygirl15 is a fictional vlog that came to national attention via YouTube, a popular video sharing website. The central character is a YouTube user of the same name, although she is commonly known as Bree. This article refers to both the character and the series interchangeably.

Originally thought to be real, the character achieved massive popularity with her series of videos. But viewers began to question the reality of the videos, and the character was soon exposed as a fiction, played by the New Zealand actress, Jessica Rose. The series was created by Ramesh Flinders, a screenwriter and film-maker from Marin County, California, and Miles Beckett, a surgical residency dropout-turned-film-maker The series was developed under the working title The Children of Anchor Cove.

Less well known is that father-and-son lawyers played key roles in this Internet melodrama, one in the creation of lonelygirl15 and the other in her outing. The son, Gregory L. Goodfried, a 2005 law school graduate and an associate with the Los Angeles firm Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, was one of the video’s three co-creators, all described by news reports as aspiring filmmakers. His two creative partners, Miles Beckett and Mesh Flinders, reportedly met at a party earlier this year and then joined with Goodfried to script and film the series of short videos.

When Goodfried got his father involved, the scheme began to unravel, not because of the father but because of sharp-eyed Internet sleuths. In August, Kenneth Goodfried, a lawyer in Encino, filed an application to trademark “Lonelygirl15.” An astute fan picked up on the filing, and the news swept the Internet. From there, it was only a matter of time before fans uncovered the true identities of lonelygirl15 and her creators. Till now, several jurists still searching the law aspect related with this phenomena. What do you think about the hoax of lonelygirl15? Can the legal system define it as a criminal conduct?

See also: “Creators of Lonelygirl15 blogs go public”,

Law Quotation on September


A short conversation between Professor of Law and His Little Son

Professor of Law:
“Do you know what is the meaning of Laws?”

His Little Son:

Yes I know what they are, and what they are worth. They are spider webs for the rich and mighty, steel chains for the poor and weak, fishing nets in the hands of government.”

Professor of Law:

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