Global law firm White & Case LLP today announced its sponsorship of 12 Jessup competitions as part of the 52nd annual Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. The Firm's sponsorship includes competitions in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Georgia, Poland, Russia, South Africa and the United Kingdom, as well as the US Mid-Atlantic Regional and the White & Case International Rounds.
This is the fourth consecutive year White & Case has sponsored multiple competitions as a Global Partner of the International Law Students Association (ILSA), which administers the Jessup. It is the second year the Firm is sponsoring the International Rounds, officially known as the White & Case International Rounds, at which teams compete for the White & Case Jessup Cup.
"We are pleased to support law students from around the world who take part in the Jessup," said White & Case Chairman Hugh Verrier. "Having witnessed the International Rounds first-hand last year, I know how valuable this competition is as a training ground for the next generation of lawyers."
Highlights for the 52nd season include:
- Record number of national and regional competitions, with 58 competitions worldwide.
- 10th anniversary of the Russian Jessup Competition. White & Case organized the first Jessup competition in Moscow with only 14 teams, and today it is the largest national competition in the world, with 62 teams registered this year.
- First-ever national competition in Iraq hosted 16 Jessup teams.
- Record number of registered Jessup teams: 600.
- Two additional teams competing this year from Afghanistan, raising the total number to five.
- Introduction of White & Case Jessup Judge Training videos to help prepare Jessup judges and which is available at jessup.whitecase.com/judges.
- Survey of Jessup law students on the role of international law, with results to be released in March.
Jessup is the world's largest moot court competition. More than 2,000 law students participate each year, representing over 550 law schools from 80 countries. Students are required to present oral and written arguments on a hypothetical international law case to a simulated International Court of Justice. Most teams will compete first in the national and regional competitions to earn the right to advance to the 2011 White & Case International Rounds, which will be held 20-26 March in Washington, DC. The winning team will take home the White & Case Jessup Cup.
The 2011 Jessup Problem addresses several issues between two fictional countries, including the legality of military air strikes using unmanned drones, a ban on women's clothing that has religious significance and bribery and corruption.
Photos and up-to-the-minute results will be posted throughout the White & Case International Rounds at jessup.whitecase.com.
Note to Editors: Following is the schedule for the 12 White & Case-sponsored 2011 Jessup competitions:
Australia, Canberra, 1-5 February
Brazil, Porto Alegre, 1-3 March
Canada, Alberta, Calgary, 2-5 March
China, Ji Nan City, 21-25 February
Czech Republic, Prague, 18 February
Georgia, Tbilisi, 13-14 February
Poland, Warsaw, 2-4 March
Russia, Moscow, 2-6 February
South Africa, Johannesburg, 27-29 January
United Kingdom, London, 17-20 February
United States, Washington, DC, Mid-Atlantic Regional Competition, 17-20 February
White & Case International Rounds, Washington, DC, 20-26 March
The International Law Students Association (ILSA) is a worldwide association of law students and legal professionals dedicated to the promotion of international law. In addition to the Jessup Competition, ILSA administers a variety of educational programs, including the organization of four annual conferences, the publication of various written works and periodicals, and the global coordination of student chapter organizations devoted to international law.
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