Law Students from the University of Queensland Win 2018 White & Case Jessup World Championship

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Law students from the University of Queensland, Australia won the 2018 Jessup Cup, the top prize of the White & Case International Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.

The University of Queensland, a now three-time Jessup winner, faced the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), a two-time Jessup winner, in the White & Case Championship Round on April 7 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The teams argued before three sitting judges on the International Court of Justice: Ronny Abraham of France, Julia Sebutinde of Uganda and Kirill Gevorgian of Russia.

The winning team members were Samara Cassar, Hennie Lui, Julius Moller, Claire Robertson and Edward Watson. Isha Jain of NLSIU was awarded Best Oralist.

This year, 135 teams, representing 90 countries, participated in the White & Case International Rounds, which took place from April 1 through 7. These teams must first compete in local qualifying rounds to earn the right to represent their countries in Washington, DC.

"At this year's International Rounds, we saw yet again how this competition produces close, personal bonds among students from all over the world," said White & Case partner Jacquelyn MacLennan, who heads the Firm's Global Pro Bono Practice. "We hope and believe that these relationships and common commitment to international law among so many of the world's future leaders will influence our world in positive ways."

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 centered on arbitration and naval warfare, including issues such as the validity of interstate arbitral awards, the capture of a marine vessel, the breach of nuclear disarmament obligations and the conduct of naval warfare.

Administered by the International Law Students Association (ILSA), the Jessup is the world's largest and oldest moot court competition. Nearly 3,000 law students from 100 countries registered to participate in this year's competition.

The White & Case and ILSA social media channels on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter provided live updates, results and photos. White & Case also livestreamed the Championship Round, which allowed friends and family around the world to watch the oral arguments. Nearly 1,000 individuals from 79 countries joined the livestream.

For complete results and photos of the 2018 White & Case Jessup International Rounds, please visit the White & Case Facebook page:  as well as our page on the White & Case website: Also, follow us on Twitter:

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