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NUS Law students to represent Singapore at prestigious Jessup Competition

14 February 2011

A team of four NUS Law students won Singapore's first National Round of the Philip C Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. The Jessup Competition is the world's largest moot court competition with over 500 participating law schools hailing from more than 80 countries.

At the Singapore Supreme Court on 12 February 2011, the NUS team triumphed over the Singapore Management University team in a challenge involving a fictitious case of a border dispute between two countries. Attorney-General Sundaresh Menon, Supreme Court Justice Steven Chong and Second Solicitor-General Lionel Yee presided over the proceedings.

The winning team will be competing next at the White & Case International Rounds to be held from 20 to 26 March 2011 in Washington, D.C. NUS teams have won the international Jessup Competition four times since 1982.

In its 52nd year, the annual Jessup Competition is the oldest moot court competition dedicated to international law. It is named after Philip C Jessup, the United States representative to the International Court of Justice who was elected by the United Nations to serve a nine-year term in 1961. Judge Jessup had a long and distinguished academic, judicial, and diplomatic career.