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02/04/2012: UP College of Law Debate Team Reaches Semi-final Round of Jessup Competition

02 April 2012, Washington DC.  A group of six law students from the University of the Philippines College of Law reached the semifinal round of the 2012 Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, which was held in Washington, D.C. from March 26 to 31.  This year’s event engaged students from more than 600 schools around the world, representing more than 80 countries.

Members of the UP College of Law debate team, led by its coach Professor Harry Roque (fifth from left), pose with Ambassador Jose Cuisia (fourth from right) during their visit to the Embassy last March 29.

The UP contingent earlier bested teams from Ateneo de Manila University, San Beda College of Law, Siliman University, and the University of the Cordilleras to gain the right to represent the Philippines.  In the international rounds, the squad from Diliman defeated law students from Boston College, Kenya, Japan, Argentina, and Greece before yielding to Moscow State University, which eventually emerged as champions after beating Columbia Law School of New York in the finals.

Embassy representatives, led by Minister Ariel Peñaranda (rightmost), show support to their alma mater as they attend the semi-final match between the UP College of Law and Moscow State University at the Capitol Hilton.

The Philippine team was coached by UP Law Professor Harry Roque and its members included Christopher Louie Ocampo, Daniel Sigfried Corpus, Rafael Juico, Marie Michelle Go, Ma. Margarita Lim, and Neil Nucup.  They were the only remaining group from Asia in the octo-finals, which included squads from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, United Kingdom, and United States (University of California-Hastings and Columbia Law School).

Administered by the International Law Students Association (ILSA), Jessup is the largest moot court competition in the world.  In the competition, Jessup teams present oral and written arguments on a hypothetical international law case to a simulated International Court of Justice. This year's case involved several legal issues, including the international standing of a state immediately following a coup d'état, international responsibility for the use of force by a state while taking part in a regional military operation and the destruction of a cultural site.  END