Publish Date: 21.06.2010

Category: News from the University

The team of the Ljubljana Faculty of Law, consisting of Ana Kastelec, Jan Primec and Nastasja Suhadolnik under the mentorship of Dr. Vasilka Sancin came an excellent 3rd in the world in the international Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, competing against the 127 teams from 76 countries that were able to achieve top rank in the final round in Washington or against a total of 600 teams from across the world participating in the competition. This means that they beat all the teams from European faculties of law, including the best English faculties and faculties from Asia, Africa and Latin America, as well as all the American faculties with the exception of the Columbia Law School from New York, which went against the National University of Australia in the finals. The team also received recognition for the sixth best written memorial in the world.
The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition has been organised continually since 1960 under the auspices of the International Law Students Association (ILSA) and is regarded as the oldest, largest and most prestigious competition of law students on a global scale. This year, it drew a record number of participants in all its 51 years of history. This year’s problem covered numerous important fields of international law. The problem, which dealt with the issue of a country's sovereignty over historically disputable territories, especially reflected the situation regarding the dispute over the Falkland Islands between Argentina and the United Kingdom. Another important issue was the self-determination of nations in the sense of setting up an independent state, especially the right to independence of so-called non-autonomous territories within the United Nations. This topic reflected several (successful or unsuccessful) aspirations for independence of areas from a sovereign state, such as the situation in Catalonia, Kosovo, Abkhazia, Tibet and elsewhere, and especially dealt with the different paths to independence of so-called non-sovereign territories, such as East Timor, Namibia or Western Sahara. Another segment of this year’s problem covered a dispute between two countries regarding a concluded bilateral investment agreement and dealt with the problem of the diplomatic protection of legal entities and standards of dealing with legal entities, such as the “fair and equitable treatment” and “national treatment” clauses and expropriation.

The competition is organised simulating proceedings before the International Court of Justice in the Hague with teams preparing oral and written pleadings arguing the case before the Senate. The deadline for submitting written pleadings arguing for both parties in the case was 12 January 2010. At the competition in Washington, held from 21 to 27 March 2010 (White & Case International Rounds), the team simulated the proceeding before the International Court of Justice in English and gave oral arguments on behalf of both parties involved in the hypothetical dispute. The Court consisted of various international law experts, lawyers and professors and, for higher levels of the competition, even actual judges of the International Court of Justice.