Global law firm White & Case LLP today announced its sponsorship of 11 Jessup competitions as part of the 54th annual Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.
The Firm's sponsorship includes national qualifying competitions in Brazil, Canada, China, Georgia, Hong Kong, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa and the United Kingdom, as well as the White & Case International Rounds held in Washington, DC. The Firm also supports several individual teams from Hungary, the United Arab Emirates and the first participating team from Iran.
"The Jessup provides an opportunity for law students to engage in a profound and enriching experience that will affect the rest of their lives," said White & Case Chairman Hugh Verrier. "It is excellent training for the world's future international lawyers."
This is the sixth consecutive year White & Case has sponsored multiple competitions as a Global Partner of the International Law Students Association, which administers the Jessup. It is the fourth year the Firm is sponsoring the International Rounds, officially known as the White & Case International Rounds.
The 2013 Jessup "problem" addresses the consequences of global climate change on statehood, migration and sovereign debt. The fact pattern follows a debt-ridden island nation that is swallowed by the ocean, forcing its people to relocate and causing its remaining funds to be seized.
Highlights for the 54th season include:
(1) Teams from Bahrain, Iran, Macau, Sierra Leone and Trinidad and Tobago participating in the Jessup for the first time
(2) Iranian team being sponsored by White & Case
(3) 632 teams registered from 92 countries
(4) 90 new teams competing this year
(5) First-ever qualifying competitions in Palestine and Nepal
(6) Record number of registered Jessup teams in Iraq, Afghanistan, the United Kingdom and Germany
Jessup is the world's largest moot court competition. More than 2,000 law students participate each year, from more than 80 countries. Students are required to present oral and written arguments on a hypothetical international law case to a simulated International Court of Justice. Most teams will compete first in the national and regional competitions to earn the right to advance to the 2013 White & Case International Rounds, which will be held March 31 through April 6 in Washington, DC. The winning team will take home the White & Case Jessup Cup.
Note to Editors: Following is the schedule for the 11 White & Case-sponsored 2013 Jessup competitions:
Brazil, Salvador, February 21-23
Canada, Kingston, Ontario, March 6-9
China, Beijing, February 25-28
Georgia, Tbilisi, February 16-17
Hong Kong, March 8-9
Poland, Warsaw, March 2
Russia, Moscow, January 30-February 3
Slovakia, Bratislava, February 18
South Africa, Port Elizabeth, February 8-9
United Kingdom, London, February 14-17
White & Case International Rounds, Washington, DC, March 31-April 6
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