Wednesday, March 5, 2014

HNC at the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

The 2014 Jessup Moot Court team at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center recently participated in the Chinese National Round of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.  Read on for an update from the team and a summary of their experiences in Shanghai:

"The HNC team, consisting of Chang Yuqing, Geng Yangyang, Li Hengxue, Joshua Kim and Zhang Wei achieved both collective success and personal growth in the Chinese National Round for 2014 Jessup International  Law Moot Court at East China University of Political Science and Law. Forty-one teams, with over 200 mooters, participated in this year's Jessup competition and the HNC Team was awarded the Best Performance (2nd), the Best Applicant Memorial (3rd), and the Best Oralist (Chang Yuqing, 3rd).

The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is one of the most  prestigious competitions in the world, and every year, it simulates a legal dispute between two fictional states before the International Court of Justice. This year the topic was on the law of the sea. With at least half the team members previously inexperienced in mooting, and only one  disciplined in the study of law, the Team had a shaky start.  However, after sleepless nights of perusing legal documents and carefully formulating their submissions, and with warm guidance and inspiring coaching by Professor Simon, Professor Mushkat, Professor Feng, and Puiman Chau, the Team proved itself more than ready to participate in the Competition. Finally, on the 18th of February,  the Team embarked on a train to Shanghai, where 41 other law schools from all over the country also were headed with the same goal in mind.

Over the course of two days, the Team competed against four teams; during these days, each and every member displayed confidence and knowledge on the subject, learned to support  and have faith in one another, and most important of all, matured as a representative not only of this institution, but also of a sovereign state, albeit fictional. Unfortunately, the Team was a few points short of qualifying for the tournament rounds (placing 9th instead of 8th), but at the end of  the day, the Team was awarded the Best Performance (2nd), the Best Applicant Memorial (3rd), and the Best Oralist (Chang Yuqing, 3rd). Judges, including representatives of Clifford Chance, one of China’s leading foreign law firms, sought out the Team to give personal praise for their performances and expressed surprise at not finding the Team in the finals.  One thing is clear to all of the members and the coaches: the past four months for the 2014 Jessup Team will prove a memory hard to forget.

Best Regards,
The 2014 Jessup Team"
 
To read more about HNC's participation in the competition in past years, click here.