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ANU students win world moot competition

ANU students win world moot competition

ANU law students have taken first place in the world final of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition held in Washington over the last week.One hundred and twenty-seven teams from 76…

ANU law students have taken first place in the world final of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition held in Washington over the last week.

One hundred and twenty-seven teams from 76 countries met in Washington for the grand final where students presented oral and written arguments on a hypothetical international law case to a simulated International Court of Justice.

This year's competition addressed "the right to self-determination and the lawfulness of measures taken to protect the economic resources of a state".

Runner-up in the Australian leg of the competition in February, the ANU team progressed to the world final where they defeated the winner of the Australian round - the University of Western Australia - and went on to defeat one of the highest ranked US law schools, Columbia University, in the grand final.

Coached by senior lecturer Wayne Morgan and supported by faculty adviser Jon Lovell in Washington, the ANU team members included Ellen Chapple, Rohan Kapur, Sarah Lynch, Sneha Rangnath and Sam Thorpe.

"The Jessup mooting competition has been an invaluable experience," said team member Sarah Lynch. "We have all learnt important skills which will put us in good stead for any career path we chose. The competition has honed our teamwork and research skills, as well as our advocacy and competition skills."

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