22 May 2021
Prof. Mardjono Reksodiputro (1937 to 2021)
It was with profound grief and sorrow that we learned of the untimely passing of our esteemed colleague and founding member of ABNR Counsellors at Law, Prof. Mardjono Reksodiputro, who passed away peacefully in the early hours of Friday morning at the age of 84.
Known for his unimpeachable integrity and his selfless contributions to society as a scholar, teacher, mentor, leader, and advisor, Mardjono graduated from the University of Indonesia’s Faculty of Law in 1962, before going on to earn a master’s degree in criminology from the University of Pennsylvania in the United States in 1967.
One of the foremost criminologists of his generation, he served in a variety of prominent posts in both academia and the public service, including as dean of the University of Indonesia’s Law Faculty (1984-1990), Secretary and Chair of the Ministry of Education and Culture’s Legal Education Consortium (1990-2002) and head of the University of Indonesia’s Postgraduate Police Studies Program in cooperation with the National Police College (STIK) (1996-2006). At the University of Indonesia, he founded the Legal Documentation Center, which worked closely with the National Law Development Agency in the design and development of the National Legal Information and Documentation Network, and chaired the Institute of Criminology, which brought together experts on law, social studies, medicine, forensics, and law enforcement.
In 1996 and 1997, he conducted a nationwide diagnostic study of the development of law in Indonesia, together with Prof. Dr. Mochtar Kusumaatmadja, which focused on the legislative process, judicial training, legal education, and alternative dispute resolution. From 2000-2014, he was secretary of the National Law Commission, a body established by the President of the Republic of Indonesia that was set up to design a comprehensive blueprint for the reform and modernization of the Indonesian legal system. From 1981 to 1993, he was chair of the special committee established to draft a new criminal code for Indonesia. Besides his work, he was one of the founders of Yayasan Pustaka Kelana, a charitable foundation for the distribution of books and the provision of mobile libraries.
He was awarded a professorship in criminal law and criminology by the University of Indonesia in 1992. His name is now immortalized in the Mardjono Reksodiputro Building at the University of Indonesia’s Salemba campus, which was inaugurated in 2009.
At ABNR, Mardjono helped the firm grow from a small office focused on investment to a large firm handling a wide range of legal matters. He was influential in the firm’s decisions to develop training programs for associates, to hire foreign lawyers, to join international consortia of law firms and cooperate with international law firms, and to establish an independent foundation for continuing legal education and scholarship programs in honor of Ali Budiardjo. He also helped the firm innovate in the use of technology and knowledge management. Until shortly before his passing, Mardjono continued to play an active role in ABNR, contributing his extensive knowledge of Indonesian law and his experience in policy making and resolution of disputes in Indonesia.
We would therefore like to express our deepest gratitude and appreciation to Mardjono for his invaluable service to ABNR, and to extend our heartfelt condolences to his wife, children, grandchildren and the members of his extended family. He will be sadly missed by his many friends and colleagues from a wide variety of professional backgrounds who knew him or had the honor and pleasure of working with him.