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Law Students from the Universidad de Buenos Aires Win 2016 White & Case Jessup Cup

Law students from the Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina won the 2016 White & Case Jessup Cup, the top prize of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. The Argentinian team rose to the top of the largest field of teams in Jessup history, with 132 teams representing 86 jurisdictions competing in the 2016 White & Case International Rounds in Washington, DC. 

Administered by the International Law Students Association (ILSA), the Jessup is the world's largest moot court competition with more than 2,000 law students from more than 600 universities participating each year. Most of these teams must first compete in qualifying competitions to earn the right to represent their countries at the White & Case International Rounds.

The Universidad de Buenos Aires faced the University of Pennsylvania in the Championship Round on April 2 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The teams argued before three judges from the International Court of Justice (ICJ)—sitting ICJ judges Hisashi Owada and Christopher Greenwood, and former ICJ judge Bruno Simma.

The winning team members are Caro Catanzano, Adriana Estefanía, Belu Ibañez, María Laura Pessarini, Julián Rotenberg and their coach, Sebastián Green. Rotenberg also won Best Oralist in the Final Round.

"The students from the Universidad de Buenos Aires have accomplished a major feat, winning this year's prestigious Jessup Cup," said White & Case Chairman Hugh Verrier. "Every student who participated in this year's competition has gained valuable skills that will help them on their journey to a career in international law."

Jessup teams are required to present oral and written arguments on a hypothetical international law case to a simulated International Court of Justice. This year's Jessup case explored the legality of cyber-surveillance and cybercrime under international law, including questions concerning the legality of mass surveillance programs, the expropriation of property allegedly used in such programs and the international legal consequences of cyberattacks attributable to states.

This year, the White & Case and ILSA social media channels on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter provided live updates, results and photos. White & Case also live-streamed the Championship Round, which allowed friends and family around the world to watch the oral arguments. More than 2,000 individuals from 79 countries joined the live-stream.

For the first time, teams from Belarus, the United Arab Emirates and Uganda placed in the top 32 and advanced to compete as far as the Octo-finals, the round in which only 16 competitors remain. After a vote open to all participants, the team from the Law Development Centre in Uganda received the Spirit of the Jessup Award, which recognizes the team that best exemplifies the Jessup spirit of camaraderie, academic excellence, competitiveness and appreciation for fellow competitors.

For complete results and photos of the 2016 White & Case Jessup International Rounds, please visit the White & Case Facebook page at, and Also follow us on Twitter at

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