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Penn Law Team Wins at Jessup Moot Court Regionals

February 25, 2015

This weekend Penn Law’s Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court team won the U.S. Regional competition in Washington, D.C. The team includes Katy Akopjan L’15, James Lee L’15, Bethan Jones L’16, Alexander Bedrosyan L’16, Pinky Mehta L’15, Leo Park L’17, and Adria Moshe L’16. William Burke-White, Richard Perry Professor and Inaugural Director of the Perry World House, as well as the Deputy Dean for International Affairs at Penn Law, coached the team. By winning the U.S. regional competition they will represent the United States in the international rounds in Washington, D.C., this April, where they will compete against teams from over 100 countries. 

In addition to winning the overall national competition, they received the award for the best memorial (brief), placed first in the preliminary round-robin, and won a number of best oralist awards. This year’s Jessup Case, titled “The Differences Between the States Concerning the Secession and Annexation of East Agnostica” is based on a fact pattern similar to the recent events in Russia, Crimea, and Ukraine.