Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Northern California's own Fantastic 4

Kudos to Sumaira Arastu, Michael Djavakhyan, Kathleen Doty, and Jimmy McBirney, the advocacy team that dazzled judges in Santa Clara this weekend to win the Western Super-Regional round of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition!
Am proud to have had the honor a couple weeks ago of mooting this Fantastic 4, all students at my home institution, the University of California, Davis, School of Law (Martin Luther King, Jr., Hall). They're now preparing for the "world championship Shearman & Sterling International Rounds" April 6-12, 2008, at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, D.C. -- same time and place at this year's annual meeting of the American Society of International Law. ASIL's a cosponsor of this tournament, founded 49 years ago in honor of Philip Caryl Jessup (1897–1986), whose lifetime of work in international law included a decade of service as a judge on the International Court of Justice. It's a model ICJ, of course, before which Jessup competitors present their arguments. Other cosponsors include the International Law Students Association, the American Branch of the International Law Association, and the American Bar Association Section of International Law.
What propelled Sumaira, Michael, Kate, and Jimmy to victory? How did they master an incredibly complex problem of international and transnational criminal law? Sorry, dare not give away secrets mid-contest.
Heartfelt congratulations, and best of luck to all who'll compete in D.C. next month!

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