Victory at Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court CompetitionThe Civil Law Jessup team--Catherine Blanchard, Pierre Alexandre Cardinal, Florence Sauvé-Lafrance and Francis Legault-Mayrand--has won the national round of the 2010 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition which was held from March 10 -13 in Toronto.
The Civil Law Section’s team will now go on to represent Canada at the White & Case International Round in Washington D.C., which will be held from March 21 – 27, 2010.
The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the largest and most prestigious moot court competition worldwide with participants from over 500 law schools in more than 80 countries. Each year, competing teams argue a fictional international law case before the International Court of Justice. This year’s problem focused on the dispute between the Republic of Aspatria and the Kingdom of Rydal over the sovereignty and status of the Windscale Islands.
Pierre Alexandre Cardinal won the top Francophone oralist prize in the preliminary rounds while Florence Sauvé-Lafrance placed first in the final round.
The team was coached by Professor France Morrissette and Jeremy Sculnick.
Back row: Francis Legault-Mayrand, Catherine Blanchark, Jeremy Sculnick and Pierre Alexandre Cardinal
Frond row : Florence Sauvé-Lafrance and Professor Morrissette
“I am particularly proud of the team’s performance especially since the Civil Law Section had the only Francophone team in the competition,” says Dean Sébastien Grammond. “I wish them the best of luck at the international rounds taking place next week in Washington.”
The competition is named after Philip C. Jessup, a U.S. representative to the International Court of Justice, who was elected by the United Nations to serve a nine-year term in 1961. Judge Jessup also played a key role in the formation of the International Law Commission.
Congratulations to the team and good luck in the final round!