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Penn Law wins big

April 05, 2016

This past week Penn Law’s Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Team participated in the International Rounds of the competition in Washington DC.  Out of over 550 teams from all over the world that participate in the Jessup competition, Penn’s team had a huge success, achieving the following results:

  • Second Best Team in the World
  • Best Team in the United States
  • Best Respondent Side in the World

Penn defeated several traditional Jessup favorites, such as NYU, Columbia, and India’s National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, to earn its place in the World Championship Round against Argentina’s Universidad de Buenos Aires.

Penn’s oralists argued the World Championship Round before judges from the International Court of Justice, hundreds of spectators in attendance, and thousands watching from around the world on livestream.

The team consists of Bethan Jones, Adria Moshe, Alexander Bedrosyan, Leo Park, Camilla Ihenetu, Laura Harrison, and Tracy Corbett, and was coached by Bill Burke-White and Alka Pradhan. 

The Jessup competition presents a dispute between two fictitious countries that raises pressing issues in international law.  This year’s dispute, entitled “The Frost Files,” concerns mass surveillance and cyber-attacks.

Congratulations to our students and Professor Burke-White!