Law students from the University of Queensland in Australia won the 2014 White & Case Jessup Cup, the top prize of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. The Queensland team was one of 123 teams representing 83 jurisdictions competing in the 2014 White & Case International Rounds in Washington, DC. The winning team members are Camille Boileau, Emily Chalk, Hugo Clark-Ryan, Lisa Lee and Abbey Mawby.
"We congratulate the Australian team from the University of Queensland on winning the 2014 White & Case Jessup Cup," said White & Case Chairman Hugh Verrier. "Like no other law school experience, the Jessup prepares students to take on the opportunities and challenges of a globalizing world. I wish all participants much success in their careers."
The University of Queensland faced Singapore Management University in the White & Case Jessup Championship Round on April 12 at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC. Two sitting judges of the International Court of Justice, Judges Julia Sebutinde from Uganda and Dalveer Bhandari from India, joined international human rights scholar and DePaul University Professor Emeritus, Cherif Bassiouni, on the Final Bench. Stephen Schwebel, former President of the International Court of Justice and author of the first Jessup Problem in 1959, provided the keynote address during the judges' deliberations. Emily Chalk, from Queensland, received the Best Oralist Award in the Championship Round.
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 problem explored the conflict between maritime development and environmental sustainability, as well as extra-territorial criminal jurisdiction and maritime salvage rights.
After a vote open to all participants, the team from Bhutan received the Spirit of the Jessup Award, which recognizes the team that best exemplifies the Jessup spirit of camaraderie, academic excellence, competitiveness, and appreciation of fellow competitors. This was the first time a team from Bhutan participated in the Jessup.
This year the Firm's social media channels on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter provided live updates, results and photos to more than 4,000 individuals around the world. Also, for the first time, White & Case live streamed the Championship Round, allowing friends and family around the world to watch the oral arguments. More than 500 individuals joined the live stream.
Administered by the International Law Students Association, the Jessup is the world's largest moot court competition with more than 2,000 law students from participating in qualifying competitions around the world.
For complete results and photos of the 2014 White & Case Jessup International Rounds, please visit the White & Case Facebook page at www.facebook.com/WhiteCaseJessup and www.ilsa.org. Also, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/JessupWhiteCase.
About the International Law Students Association
The International Law Students Association (ILSA) is a nonprofit association of students and lawyers who are dedicated to the promotion of international law. ILSA provides students with opportunities to study, research and network in the international legal arena. The organization's activities include academic conferences, publications, the global coordination of student organizations, and the administration of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.
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