Law students from the University of Sydney won the 2017 White & Case Jessup Cup, the top prize of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. The Australian team rose to the top of the largest field of teams in Jessup history, with more than 143 teams, representing 89 countries and territories, competing in the 2017 White & Case International Rounds in Washington, DC.
Administered by the International Law Students Association (ILSA), the Jessup is the world's largest and oldest moot court competition, with more than 2,000 law students from more than 600 universities participating each year. These teams must first compete in qualifying rounds to earn the right to represent their countries at the White & Case International Rounds.
The University of Sydney, a repeated finalist, faced the Norman Manley Law School of Jamaica, a country that had never before made it to the final stage of the competition, in the Championship Round on April 15 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The teams argued before three prominent judges. Serving as President of this year's final bench was James Crawford of the International Court of Justice. He was joined by Judge Patrick Robinson, also of the ICJ, as well as Judge Bruno Simma, a former ICJ judge who now serves on the US-Iran Claims Tribunal.
The winning team members are Alyssa Glass, who was awarded Best Oralist, Will Khun, Joel Phillips, Eric Shi and Harry Stratton.
For the first time, teams from Bangladesh, Jordan, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia attended the international rounds.
After a vote open to all participants, the Allameh Tabatabei team from Iran 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.
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 concerns basic human rights, including the rights to food and water, trans-boundary aquifers and what happens when arguable violations of those rights generate refugee outflows.
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 5,000 individuals from 99 countries joined the live-stream.
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