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Lomonosov Moscow State University wins Russian National Championship of the Jessup Competition for the first time


Lomonosov Moscow State University became the National Champion of the 18th edition of the Jessup Russia Competition. Four teams will represent Russia at the International Rounds in April. 

Moscow, 3 February 2019 – International law firm White & Case and law firm Threefold Legal Advisors congratulate the Lomonosov Moscow State University team on their victory at the Russian National Championship of the 2019 Jessup Competition.

Russian Championship is recognised as one of the biggest and strongest national rounds of Competition. This year, 30 teams from all over Russia faced each other in Moscow for a chance to represent Russia at the International Rounds of the Competition. As a result, four best teams from Lomonosov Moscow State University, Ural State Law University, Moscow State Linguistic University, andHigher School of Economics will go to Washington, DC between 31 March and 6 April to compete with their peers from 100 countries for the White & Case Jessup World Cup. They will be joined by an exhibition team from Kazan branch of the Russian State University of Justice.

On Sunday, 3 February, two teams from Lomonosov Moscow State University, representing Applicant, and Ural State Law University, representing Respondent, met at the stage of the MGIMO Conference Hall, one of the long-standing supporters of the Competition in Russia. Judges of the Final Round, Christina Binder, Chair for International Law and International Human Rights Law at the Bundeswehr University Munich, Bill Bowring, Human Rights and International Law Professor at Birbeck College, University of London, Barrister at Field Court Chambers, Gray’s Inn, and Paolo Davide Farah, Public Administration and International Law Professor at West Virginia University, Founder and Director of gLAWcal research organisation, unanimously decided in favour of the applicant – Lomonosov Moscow State University team represented by Aglaya Melnik, Aleksandra Nazarova, Evgeniya Romanycheva, Anton Serebryakov, and Natalia Soldatenkova. Aglaya Melnik (MSU) was recognised as the best speaker of the Final Round.

The topics for Jessup 2019 concern the appropriation of traditional knowledge for commercial purposes, state responsibility for corporate environmental degradation and human rights violations, and majestic herds of migratory yaks.

Russian National Championship was established by Moscow office of White & Case in 2002. Today Jessup Russia is co-organised by White & Case and Threefold Legal Advisors with International Law Students Association (ILSA) as a global organiser of the Competition. 

This year Russian Championship was hosted by Law Faculty of Lomonosov Moscow State University and MGIMO with support from ABA ROLI, Pericles, Garant and Consultant Plus, Russian Law Journal, and European Society of International Law (ESIL). 

The Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition is an advocacy competition for law students. Teams of law students compete against one another through the presentation of oral and written pleadings to address timely issues of public international law in the context of a hypothetical legal dispute between nations before the simulated International Court of Justice. The Competition established in 1959 by ILSA is one of the most prestigious law students competitions in the world, gathering around 650 teams from 100 countries.


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