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Thursday, 3 May 2018
Cambridge team reaches semi-finals in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
The Cambridge team (left to right): Front: Dr Rumiana Yotova, Candice Lau and
Luiza Leão Soares Pereira. Back: Francisco Quelhas Lima, Samuel Dayan and Jeremy Ng.


The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the world's largest moot court competition with participants from over 645 law schools in 95 countries.

The Competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations. One team is allowed to participate from every eligible school. Teams prepare oral and written pleadings arguing both the applicant and respondent positions of the case.

This year, the Cambridge team comprised five students from the LL.M. and the Law Tripos, and the case on which they worked was entitled: Case concerning the Egart and the Ibra", dealt with legal issues such as the annulment of arbitral awards, nuclear non-proliferation, freedom of navigation, use of force at sea, and the regulation of the use of automated submarines.

With an excellent performance, the team went through to the UK National semi-finals, and one of the oralists, Samuel Dayan, had the second highest average score in the competition.

The team members were Samuel Dayan, Natascha Kersting, Candice Lau, Francisco Quelhas Lima and Jeremy Ng and the coaches were Dr. Rumiana Yotova and Luiza Leão Soares Pereira.