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UJ Law students aim to participate internationally in prestigious Moot Court Competition

The Faculty of Law at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) is pleased to participate locally in the 57th year of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court 2016 Competition.

The qualifying competition will take place at the University of Pretoria, from 19 until 20 February 2016 – South African students first compete in National Qualifying competitions to earn the right to advance to the White & Case UJ Law students aim to participate internationally in prestigious Moot Court Competition

International Rounds held every spring in Washington, D.C.

According to Dr Mispa Roux, a UJ senior lecturer in the Department of Public Law “This type of Moot Court Competition is a valuable tool in teaching international law and human rights law to law students, in addition to improving various skill-sets required of lawyers such as oral advocacy, research and writing, critical thinking, and working in a team environment. Students are selected based on outstanding performance in the undergraduate LLB module on public international law, as the Jessup Competition is of a very high level.”

The UJ Law Faculty Team consists of three senior law students including: Misters Jan-Adriaan Botha, Shingai-Harry Jijita, and Edwin Makwati. The Team Advisor is Dr Mispa Roux.

This season’s Jessup Problem will focus on the legality of cyber-surveillance and cyber-attacks under international law.

The annual Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the world’s largest moot court competition, with participants from over 550 law schools in more than 80 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.

 

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