Tuesday, September 25, 2012

This Week at the HNC: Moot Court Tryouts

Tryouts are being held this week in Nanjing for this year’s HNC mock-trial team.  This will be the third year that the Hopkins-Nanjing Center has been host to a moot court team.

Shirlene Yee, MAIS '12
The Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the world’s largest moot court competition, drawing participants from more than 500 law schools across 80 countries. The Hopkins-Nanjing Center is among the small minority of participants that are not law schools.  The competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations. Teams prepare oral and written pleadings, arguing both the applicant and respondent positions of the case. 

2012 Jessup Team in Washington, D.C.
In its first year competing, HNC placed sixth in the China National Rounds.  The following year, the HNC moot court team placed third overall out of 39 teams in the China National Rounds held at Beijing’s Renmin University from February 22-February 26, 2012. Additionally, second-year MAIS student Shirlene Yee placed first and Certificate student Stephen Levandoski placed sixth for the individual “Best Oralist” portion of the competition. As a result of the China National Rounds win, the HNC team was one of four teams to represent China in the international final in Washington, D.C. from March 26-March 30, 2012.

The HNC team, led by International Law Professor Feng Chuan, was comprised of students Wang Jinlin, He Shen, Sun Chuan, along with Levandoski and Yee. The team felt a great sense of accomplishment upon reaching the international finals. Yee said, “We’re happy with the results of the competition. The team advanced much further than it did last year and we were able to compete in Washington, D.C against the best moot court teams the world has to offer.”

The admissions team wishes all those trying out for the 2012-2013 moot court team the best of luck!  We will be sure to update the blog with news of this year's competition later in the semester.