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Law Students from University of Sydney Win 2015 White & Case Jessup Cup

Law students from the University of Sydney won the 2015 White & Case Jessup Cup, the top prize of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. The Australian team was one of 125 teams representing 85 jurisdictions competing in the 2015 White & Case International Rounds in Washington, DC.

The winning team members included Sarah Bradbury, Nathan Hauser, Sam Murray, Angus Nicholas and Alice Zhou. Zhou was also the winner of the Best Oralist Award in the Final Round.

"Congratulations to the law students from the University of Sydney, the winners of the 2015 Jessup Cup," said White & Case Chairman Hugh Verrier. "Although the students are arguing a hypothetical court case, their passion and drive are very real. These qualities will serve them well in their pursuit of a career in international law and push them to become agents for change.".

The University of Sydney faced Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in the White & Case Jessup Championship Round on April 11 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Washington, DC. The teams argued before two judges from the International Court of Justice—Judges Joan Donoghue and Kenneth Keith and Harold Koh, an international law professor at Yale Law School and former legal advisor to the US Department of State. David O’Sullivan, Ambassador of the European Union to the United States, provided the keynote address during the judges' deliberations.

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 addresses issues raised by the secession of a province from one country and its annexation by another, as well as treaty interpretation and applicability in the face of changed circumstances.

After a vote open to all participants, the team from Universidad Panamericana Campus Bonaterra in Mexico 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 year the Firm's social media channels on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter provided live updates, results and photos to more than 6,500 individuals around the world. White & Case live streamed the Championship Round, allowing friends and family around the world to watch the oral arguments. More than 1,700 individuals from 74 jurisdictions 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 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.

For complete results and photos of the 2015 White & Case Jessup International Rounds, please visit the White & Case Facebook page at, and Also, follow us on Twitter at

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