W&L Law Students Honored at 53rd Annual Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

Lexington, VA Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Washington and Lee law students Steven Harkins '12L and Anthony Flynn '12L were recognized as among the top oralists at the Mid-Atlantic regional of the 53rd Annual Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court competition, held at George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. 

The Jessup Competition, the world largest moot court competition, is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations. Teams prepare oral and written pleadings arguing both the applicant and respondent positions of the case. This year's problem addressed the legality of the destruction of a cultural site, State representation following a coup d'etat, and State responsibility for a regional operation.

W&L's team included law students Emerald Berg '13L, Michelle Spatz '13L, and Chris Edwards '13L in addition to Harkins and Flynn. Facing off against students from 24 other law schools, the team from W&L won three of the four rounds in which they participated.

Unfortunately, the team's solid performance was not enough to advance them to the national competition. Nevertheless, Harkins and Flynn were honored for their advocacy skills, chosen from among nearly one hundred other competitors as among the top ten oralists.

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