US Provides Upset in International Law Competition

Every year at this time, the International Law Students Association sponsors the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. For almost fifty years, this competition has offered law students from around the globe the opportunity to show what skills they have developed in a mock, yet highly realistic, manner alongside and against their peers. Since the start of Jessup, schools outside the United States have dominated, but in this particular year, a lesser known American school could not be beat. Case Western Reserve University School of Law won its first ever title arguing cases involving terrorism, global warming and other issues of international relations. Of the teams competing from the United States, Cornell was deemed most likely to take home the gold, but it was not to be so this year. Recently, Case has started developing its programs in international law more in depth, a plan that is proving quite successful.

Organizers of the notable competition and others involved in international law, recognize the contribution Jessup has made to the growth and success of this practice. While our world shrinks on a daily basis due to increased technology and forms of communication, the prevalence of international law is increasing as well. Jessup aims to train the next set of lawyers who will face some of the world’s greatest problems through practice and interaction with their foreign peers.


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