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White & Case Sponsors 12 Competitions for 55th Annual Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

Global law firm White & Case LLP today announced its sponsorship of 12 Jessup competitions as part of the 55th annual Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.

The Firm's sponsorship includes qualifying competitions in Brazil, Canada, China, Georgia, Hong Kong, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa,the United Kingdom and the US Mid-Atlantic Regional, as well as the White & Case International Rounds held in Washington, DC. The Firm also supports several individual teams from Hungary, the United Arab Emirates and the first participating team from Bhutan.

"Every year, the Jessup helps thousands of law students around the world enter the community of international lawyers," said White & Case Chairman Hugh Verrier. "I'm always impressed by the level of advocacy and the passion the students bring to the competition."

This is the seventh consecutive year White & Case has sponsored multiple competitions as a Global Partner of the International Law Students Association, which administers the Jessup. It is the fifth year the Firm is sponsoring the International Rounds, officially known as the White & Case International Rounds.

The 2014 Jessup "problem" explores the conflict between maritime development and environmental sustainability, as well as extra-territorial criminal jurisdiction and maritime salvage rights.

Highlights for the 55th season include:
First participating team from Bhutan, sponsored by White & Case
623 teams registered from 89 jurisdictions
Record number of qualifying competitions (regional and national rounds)—65
First qualifying competitions in Iran, Jamaica and Estonia
Record number of registered Jessup teams in Brazil—14

Jessup is the world's largest moot court competition. More than 2,000 law students participate each year, from nearly 90 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 their relevant national or regional competition to earn the right to advance to the 2014 White & Case International Rounds, which will be held April 6 through April 12 in Washington, DC. The winning team will take home the White & Case Jessup Cup.

Photos and up-to-the-minute results will be posted throughout the White & Case International Rounds on the Firm’s Facebook page at Also follow us on Twitter at

Following is the schedule for the 12 White & Case-sponsored 2014 Jessup competitions:
Brazil, Salvador, February 12-15
Canada, Windsor, Ontario, March 13-15
China, Shanghai, February 19-22
Georgia, Tbilisi, February 15-16
Hong Kong, Hong Kong, March 7-8
Poland, Warsaw, February 27-28
Russia, Moscow, January 29-February 2
Slovakia, Bratislava, TBD
South Africa, Pretoria, January 29-31
United Kingdom, London, February 27-March 2
US Mid-Atlantic, Washington, DC, February 20-23
White & Case International Rounds, Washington, DC, April 6-12

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