TuksLaw team wins three out of four rounds at the 2012 Philip C Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

Posted on April 02, 2012

The Philip C Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, which is now in its 53rd year, is the world's largest moot court competition with participants from over 500 law schools in more than 80 countries. The competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries brought before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations. Every eligible school is allowed to enter one team. Teams prepare oral and written pleadings arguing both the applicant’s and respondent’s positions.

The premise for this year's competition was based on differences regarding the Mai-Tocao Temple that had arisen between the Republic of Aprophe (Applicant) and the Federal Republic of Rantania (Respondent).

Over the past few days the TuksLaw team has won three of the four preliminary rounds in Washington DC against universities from India, Turkey and the Dominican Republic, but lost against a Belgian university.

Coach Louis Botha (an LLM student) reports that Khomotso Moshikaro (LLB IV) and Petronell Kruger (LLB III) obtained averages of approximately 92 and 88 respectively for their orals in the preliminary rounds.

Khomotso and Petronell with John Wilson (centre), a former employee of the Centre for Human Rights.

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