Auckland Mooting Team in World Top Four
Wednesday, 4 April 2012
The University of Auckland Law School has been placed in the top four in the world’s largest and most prestigious moot court contest.
In the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Competition held in Washington DC in late March the Auckland team was narrowly beaten in the semi-finals by Columbia University (New York) on a split decision.
The team of Benedict Tompkins, Mark Tushingham, Matt Beattie and Namita Singh won the prize for the best applicant memorial (written submissions) in the competition and won the runner-up award for combined memorials (applicant and respondent).
It is the best ever result by any New Zealand team.
Now in its 53rd year, the Jessup is the world's largest moot court competition with teams from more than 500 law schools in 80 plus countries taking part. More than 115 teams competed in the international rounds in Washington, drawn from over 600 teams worldwide.
The Jessup simulates a fictional dispute between countries — this year over who can represent a state following a coup, the use of force by a regional international organisation, state immunity and the legality of the destruction of a cultural site — before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations.
The Auckland team was representing New Zealand for the fifth year running after winning the main national inter-university competition.