The University of Sydney has taken out the prestigious 2011 White & Case Australia Jessup Competition as part of the Philip C Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.
This year's competition was the largest to date, with 18 participating teams from across the country.
The University of Western Australia placed second in the competition and will now join the University of Sydney's team in competing against more than 110 teams at the White & Case Jessup Cup in Washington DC between 20 and 26 March 2011.
Australian universities have participated in the Jessup Cup since 1977 with considerable success. Nine Australian teams have won the Jessup Cup, with seven others reaching the World Championship Round. Australian National University won the 2010 Jessup Cup, continuing Australia's outstanding record.
The Jessup Cup is the world's largest moot court competition and is administered by the International Law Students Association (ILSA). More than 2,000 law students participate each year, representing over 550 law schools from 80 countries. Students are required to present oral and written arguments on a hypothetical case before a simulated International Court of Justice.
The 2011 Jessup problem addressed timely legal issues between two fictional countries, including the legality of military air strikes using unmanned drones, a ban on women's clothing that had religious significance, and bribery and corruption.
In addition to sponsoring the international rounds and the Australia Jessup, White & Case sponsors competitions in Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Georgia, Poland, Russia, South Africa and the United Kingdom, as well as the US Mid-Atlantic Regional.