In the photo above, from left to right, is Petronell Kruger, Louis Botha and Khomotso Moshikaro.
TuksLaw Team 36th overall in the International Round of the 53rd Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in Washington D.C.
Participation of the teams were partly sponsored
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 90.90% (Khomotso obtained a shared 48th place in the Best Oralist Division with more than 200 contenders) and 88% respectively for their orals in the preliminary rounds and was placed 36th overall. 109 teams and 28 exhibition teams participated in the International Rounds.
TuksLaw Team seizes National Round of the 53rd Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition at Wits University, South Africa
The TuksLaw team walked away with the laurels at the National Rounds of the White & Case Jessup Cup which was hosted by Wits University from 2 to 4 February 2012.
The team was ranked first after winning all four of their matches during the preliminary rounds and then went up against the team from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in the Final Round which was argued in the Constitutional Court in front of a bench consisting of Constitutional Court Justice Edwin Cameron, South Gauteng High Court Judge Kathy Satchwell and Advocate Gilbert Marcus SC from the Johannesburg Bar.
After commending both teams on their performance during the Final Round, the judges announced that they were unanimous in deciding that the UP team, who argued on behalf of the Respondent, had won. All the judges commented that they were highly impressed by the UP team's command and control of the relevant international law and the facts of the Compromis. Not only did the TuksLaw team walked away with the South African Jessup Cup in the National Rounds, but Khomotso Moshikaro (final year LLB) and Petronell Kruger (penultimate LLB) were also placed first and second respectively in the Best Oralist Section. "The team also obtained second place in the Best Memorials Section," said their delighted coach, Louis Botha (an LLM student).
This achievement entails that the Faculty of Law of the University of Pretoria now holds the 20th African Human Rights Moot Court Competition (2011) title and is also the South African Champions of the 53rd Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition (2012) - two of the most prominent moot court competitions held on the African continent.
The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition 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 before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations. One team is allowed to participate from every eligible school. Teams prepare oral and written pleadings arguing both the applicant and respondent positions of the case.
This season's Jessup Problem addressed the legality of the destruction of a cultural site, who may represent a State after a coup detat
, and State responsibility for a regional operation. Most students must first compete in national and regional competitions (mostly held from January to March) to earn the right to advance to the White & Case International Rounds, which will take place in Washington, D.C. from 25 to 31 March.
, Pretoria News
, 15 February 2012.
Click here to visit the ILSA website for more information on this competition: http://www.ilsa.org/jessuphome/national-rounds
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