Vice Dean Michael Peil and Prof Nima Dorji traveled to Washington, DC, last week to judge at the 58th annual White & Case International Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. They were joined by Drangpon Rabjam Tenzin of the Bhutan National Legal Institute.
Along with more than 200 leading lawyers and scholars from dozens of countries, the three judged the oral and written arguments of teams from around the world, who had advanced to the International Rounds after winning national and regional competitions in their home countries. This marks the first year that Bhutanese law faculty have participated among the judging corps of the Jessup.
Often referred to as “the World Cup of International Law,” The Jessup Competition is the oldest and largest international law moot court competition in the world, with more than 500 law schools from about 90 countries competing. This year’s International Rounds – the annual “world championship” of the global competition – involved 127 teams from 90 countries. The White & Case Jessup Cup – the championship trophy – was won by the University of Sydney (Australia).
“It’s an honor to serve as judges among this elite company of Friends of the Jessup, judging the top law students in the world,” said Professor Nima. “Within a couple of years, we hope to bring our own team of students from JSW Law to compete alongside the champions from the rest of the world.”
(Ms) Lesley Benn, the executive director of the International Law Students Association and global head of the Jessup Competition, welcomed the JSW Law contingent with open arms. “It was an honor to welcome representatives of JSW School of Law to the International Rounds. Competing students were thrilled to have professors and administrators from Bhutan’s first law school judging and observing the competition,” she said. “We look forward to welcoming the first ever Jessup Team from JSW Law in the years to come.”
JSW Law has never competed in the Jessup, although a team of graduate students from Bhutan competed in 2014 as “Royal Institute of Law,” winning the “Spirit of the Jessup Award.”