February 27, 2012 13:34 Age: 2 yrs

Emory’s Moot Court Society Places Second in Jessup Regionals

The Emory Moot Court Society finished second in the south regional Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, held Feb. 24-26 in Houston, thereby earning an invitation to the international competition in March.

The team of Clare Zhang 13L, Christina Heddesheimer 13L, Malone Allen 13L and Tariq Mohideen 13L was coached by Aliyya Haque 12L, Atul Jain 12L, Bret Chaness 12L and Jennifer Bellis 12L. 

Emory’s team argued through seven rounds, where they faced teams ranked no. 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 among the 23 teams in the tournament, said Katie Blakey 12L, the society’s director-in-chief.

“They competed against the cream of the crop and earned a well-deserved invitation to the international rounds,” Jain said.

Two Emory team members placed among the competition’s best oralists: Mohideen 13L was named second best oralist and Zhang placed seventh. The team also took fourth place for best brief overall, Blakey said.

Now in its 53rd year, the Jessup competition is the world's largest moot court competition and draws participants from more than 500 law schools and 80 countries. The competition simulates a fictional dispute between countries argued before the U.N.’s International Court of Justice.

Teams prepare oral and written pleadings arguing both the applicant and respondent positions. This year’s issues addressed the legality of the destruction of a cultural site; who may represent a state after a coup d’etat; and state responsibility for a regional operation.

Students first compete in national and regional competitions to advance to Jessup’s White & Case International Rounds scheduled for March 25-29 in Washington.

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