Publish Date: 30.06.2010

Category: News from the University

Faculty of Law students Ana Kastelec and Jan Primec, who, along with their colleague, Nastja Suhadolnik, achieved 3rd place at the prestigious Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in Washington, attended a reception by Rector Prof. Stane Pejovnik, PhD, with their mentor Vasilka Sancin, PhD, Assistant. Nastja Suhadolnik, the third member of the team, was unable to attend the reception.

The Rector received them in his office and later took them on a guided tour of the Deželni dvorec building, where the Rector’s Office is located today.  

The Slovenian team was one of 600 participating teams from all over the world. This means that they beat all European Faculty of Law teams, including those from the top British universities, as well as teams from Asia, Africa, Latin America and from all US universities, except for the Columbia Law School team from New York who competed against the National University of Australia team in the final. The Slovenian team also received an award for the 6th best written memoranda in the world and was the highest placed of all students whose native language is not English.

The students were faced with over 100,000 pages of literature and their enviable achievements at the competition undoubtedly opened many doors for them in the world’s top law firms and universities.

Vasilka Sancin praised her students and said: “They worked very hard. Participants in this competition had to work through 100,000 pages of literature in less than a year.”

Ana Kastelec: “We worked virtually day and night. We divided the work based on our study habits; one of us prefers to study in the morning, one at night, another in the afternoon, etc. We dedicated all our time and, most importantly, all our studies to preparations for this competition.”

Jan Primec: “This means that we postponed the completion of our studies for a year. I am sure that nobody regrets it, because this result helped us to get worldwide attention and job offers from some of the best law firms in the world, as well as invitations to enrol in postgraduate studies. I am close to graduation now. I have not decided yet whether I will continue with postgraduate studies immediately or take the bar exam first. I have not even decided where I would like to continue my studies.”

Ana Kastelec: “I will be graduating shortly and have decided to continue my postgraduate studies abroad.”

Vasilka Sancin: “We have already started to put together a team for next year. The selection process is quite strict. The team can have from two to five members. I should mention that many of the participants and teams had already attended the competition in previous years, which gave them an advantage. Only one member of our team had previously participated in the competition. Our team was also one of the youngest there, since most competitors are postgraduate students. Before we made it to the final, nobody believed we would place this high, but by the time we were competing for 3rd place, everybody knew where Slovenia is and wanted to take pictures with us. They could hardly believe that our team was all undergraduate students and that we had such an excellent Faculty of Law in Ljubljana.”

Dr. Sancin added that preparations for the competition are held in English in order to introduce the students to the terminology. They also hold competition simulations in suits to get used to them before the real performance. The Rector congratulated them on their achievement, wished them a lot of luck and success in the future and extended his support.

Rector: “You have truly done a lot for the visibility of Slovenia and strengthened the position of the University of Ljubljana in the world in this field. Achieving 3rd place in a competition like this, competing against students from the world’s top universities who are also older than you – it is no small matter, but perhaps even more significant are the preparations and experience you have gained in the process.”

The students also talked to the Rector about their current position in the faculty and the idea of evaluating and rewarding student achievements such as this with credit points.

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