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Cornell Law Students Compete in Jessup Moot Court Competition

Congratulations to the Jessup team for its performance in the Northeast Super Regional of the Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in New York City from February 16-19, 2012.

Jessup is the world’s largest moot court tournament and draws participants from over 500 law schools in more than 80 countries. The competition simulates a dispute before the International Court of Justice.

Team members Sean Langille ‘13, Drew Levine ‘13, Jovana Crncevic ‘13, Cody Herche ‘13, and student coach Ting Ting Tam ‘12 allocated their winter break to researching and writing briefs for the competition. The team also spent months preparing for oral rounds by practicing before Professors Atlas, Lienau, Mills, Ndulo, Ohlin, and Rana. Crncevic and Levine mooted about issues relating to the legitimacy of governments after coup d'etats, the illegal use of force in humanitarian intervention, and state responsibility for the missions of international organizations. Herche and Langille mooted about the destruction of cultural property during armed conflict and jurisdictional immunity for egregious international law violations.

The Cornell team advanced to the semi-finals and won the award for second best brief at the competition. Herche won the 7th best oralist award and Crncevic won 13th best oralist.