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Outstanding performance of the Russian Jessup teams at the 2018 International Rounds


On 7 April 2018, the 59th Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition ended in Washington DC, USA. 

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 judicial organ of the United Nation. The Competition, established in 1959 by ILSA, is one of the most prestigious law students competitions in the world, gathering more than 645 teams from more than 94 countries. This year’s problem addressed the validity of interstate arbitral awards, the capture of a marine vessel, the breach of nuclear disarmament obligations, and the conduct of naval warfare.

We are pleased to congratulate Russian teams on one of their most successful appearances at the International Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Competition with all four teams advancing to the Top 32 and getting their memorials and oralists in the Top 50 and Top 100 respectively.

2018 Jessup Russian National rounds

On 4 February 2018 the Final Round Judges pronounced Kutafin Moscow State Law University team a National Champion of the 2018 Russian National Championship of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Moscow State University of International Relations (MGIMO) became the Runner Up. Anastasia Sheyndlina (MGIMO) became the Best Speaker of the Final Round.

This year 34 teams registered to compete in Moscow for the right to represent Russia at the International Rounds of the Competition. Four best teams advanced to Washington DC: Russian State University of Justice (4), National Research University Higher School of Economics (3), MGIMO (2) and Kutafin Moscow State Law University (1). Kutafin Moscow State Law University became Russian finalist and one of the International Rounds participants for the first time in the history of its participation. 

Competitors were joined by an exhibition team from Saint Petersburg Institute of the All-Russian State University of Justice that ranked 11th after the Preliminary Rounds and receiving an award for the Second Best Memorial in Russia.

Russian National Championship was established in 2002 by White & Case LLC. Today the Championship is organized jointly by the International Law Students Association (ILSA), Threefold Legal Advisors LLC and White & Case LLC with support from ABA ROLI, Pericles Law Center, Garant and Consultant Plus, and the European Society of International Law (ESIL).

This year the Championship was hosted by Lomonosov Moscow State University and MGIMO. Main media partners were Mezhdunarodnoe Pravosudie law journal and Russian Law Journal.

Full results of the Russian Rounds are available here.

You can find all the photos from 2018 Russian National Championship of the Jessup Competition on Jessup Russia Facebook page. Follow Jessup Russia on Facebook for news and updates from the Jessup community.

2018 International Rounds

White & Case International Rounds of the Jessup Moot Court Competition were held in Washington DC, USA between 1 and 7 April 2018.

For the first time since establishment of the National Championship in 2002, all teams representing Russia at the International Rounds advanced to the world top 32 teams. Team from Russian State University of Justice further showed the best result for its university, so far, by proceeding to the Octo-Finals. MGIMO team finished the furthest among the Russian teams advancing as far as Quarter-Finals for the third time in the past four years.

Top 100 Oralists of the 2018 International Rounds includes three Russian participants – Aleksei Nikitin, MGIMO (53rd place), Polina Kurakina, Kutafin Moscow State Law University (71st place), and Viacheslav Drannikov, Kutafin Moscow State Law University (72nd place). 

Written memorials of all four Russian teams entered the Top 50 Memorials ranking: National Research University Higher School of Economics (6th place), Russian State University of Justice (14th place), Kutafin Moscow State Law University (30th place), and MGIMO (35th place). In addition, National Research University Higher School of Economics team received an award for the Best Applicant Memorial in the world.

University of Queensland (Australia) became the 2018 Jessup World Cup Champion with National Law School of India University, Bangalore (India) as a Runner Up.

The Championship Round Judges were three Judges of the International Court of Justice: H.E. Ronny Abraham, H.E. Kirill Gevorgian, and H.E. Julia Sebutinde.

More information about 2018 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, including its results, is available here.

You can find the photos taken during 2018 White & Case International Rounds on ILSA's Flickr page.