World's Best Mooters

2 April 2007

A team of University of Sydney law students has won the Jessup International Law Moot competition.

In a unanimous decision, they defeated King's College London in the Grand Final moot held in Washington DC. On the bench was His Excellency Mr Justice Hisashi Owada of the International Court of Justice and other distinguished international law experts.

The University of Sydney previously won the Jessup Moot in 1996. They join an elite club of only two Australian universities to win more than once.

Widely recognised as the most prestigious international mooting competition in the world, the Jessup Moot gives competitors the opportunity to argue a case before the International Court of Justice. Working as a team, they represent fictional States in a hypothetical but topical case of international law.

As well as the group taking out the Grand Final moot, team member Lucas Bastin was selected from eight speakers in the semi final to win a scholarship to undertake a course in American Law at the University of Pennsylvania, with fellow student Odette Murray named as runner-up.

Dean of the University's Faculty of Law, Professor Ron McCallum AO, congratulated the team, describing their win as "outstanding and a great reflection on the Law School."

Earlier this year, two University of Sydney students, Julia Bowes and Anna Garsia, beat teams from Oxford and Cambridge to win the World Intervarsity Debating Championships in Vancouver.

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