High ranking for the Ghent University Jessup Team 2017 International Law Moot Court Washington

(24-04-2017) The Ghent University Jessup Team 2017 yet again ranked extremely high in the prestigious Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.

The Team 2017 composed of master students Carl Vander Maelen, Hanne Delbare, Tamlyn Jayatilaka (LLM), Mats Cuvelier and Thomas Van De Velde.

Following arduous and lengthy preparatory sessions, the Ghent Jessup team was admitted into the international rounds of the competition in Washington D.C.. Having proceeded to the top 32 ranking teams of the competition, the Ghent team finally met its match in Kings College London.

Globally the Ghent Jessup team ranked 25th out of 129 participating universities in the international rounds and more than 550 universities that participated worldwide – an irrefutably outstanding result, particularly in view of the fact that this was the largest Jessup competition thus far. Throughout the course of the preliminary rounds of the international component of the competition, the Ghent Jessup team was paired against the MGIMO University from Russia, the Law Society of Ireland University of Ireland, An Najah National University, and Eastern University from Bangladesh. Having done extremely well in these preliminary rounds, the Ghent Jessup team subsequently proceeded as the only Belgian team to the advanced rounds of the international component of the competition, where it unfortunately was defeated by the team from Kings College London.

In addition to having ranked 25th globally, the achievements of Ghent University are praiseworthy, as Carl Vander Maelen ranked 24th best oralist and Thomas Vande Velde 31st best oralist of all participating students from the 129 universities in the international rounds. Furthermore, this year’s achievements were novel and outstanding as Ghent University was awarded the fourth place for the combined memorials. Needless to say this is unprecedented and a testament to the effort, time and enthusiasm put into the written work by the Ghent Jessup team.

The Jessup Competition was ultimately won by the University of Sydney (Australia) following a suspenseful final round against Norman Manley Law School (Jamaica) in an incredibly active round presided over by the esteemed James Crawford, Bruno Simma and Patrick Robinson.

As was the case last year, the team was coached intensely by Professor Dr. Frank Maes, Laurence Lambert, Joyce De Coninck and Hendrik Schoukens within the context of the Advanced Course Moot Court Public International Law. In addition thereto, a number of colleagues joined in on training sessions in order to simulate the actual pleading rounds the students would be confronted with during the national and international rounds, so as to prepare the students as best as possible. The case this year concerned the regulation of shared water resources, the (human) right to water, cultural property and world heritage, as well as refugee flows.

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