Team a law unto them­selves

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

A TEAM of UWA stu­dents will rep­re­sent the na­tion in a pres­ti­gious in­ter­na­tional law com­pe­ti­tion next month in Wash­ing­ton.

The team of five qual­i­fied af­ter com­ing run­ner up at the Aus­tralian Jes­sup In­ter­na­tional Law Moot Court Com­pe­ti­tion (Jes­sup Moot) in Can­berra and will head over­seas in April with the win­ning team from the Uni­ver­sity of Syd­ney.

Team UWA in­cludes law stu­dents Adam Rom­po­tis (23), Jor­dan Aitken ( 22), Char­lotte West­brook ( 23), Eleni Kan­nis (22) and Leo Si­moens (23).

The teams will com­pete against more than 550 law schools from 80 coun­tries in oral and writ­ten chal­lenges.

Mr Rom­po­tis said the com­pe­ti­tion in­volved teams sub­mit­ting two sets of writ­ten ar­gu­ments, one for each of the fic­ti­tious states in the dis­pute, be­fore pre- sent­ing the cases in a mock In­ter­na­tional Court of Jus­tice.

“Com­pe­ti­tion judges from the legal pro­fes­sion, academia and ju­di­ciary lis­ten care­fully and ask ques­tions of the moot­ers as they present their cases,” he said.

“This year’s ques­tion in­volves top­i­cal legal is­sues such as self­de­ter­mi­na­tion of peo­ple, se­ces­sion and an­nex­a­tion of ter­ri­tory and treaty law. Themes are drawn from real world in­ter­na­tional law is­sues, such as the sit­u­a­tion in Ukraine the past year.”

The 23-year-old said tak­ing part in the com­pe­ti­tion was an ex­cel­lent learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence where he not only learnt about in­ter­na­tional law but de­vel­oped skills in re­search, legal writ­ing, oral ad­vo­cacy and pre­dom­i­nantly team­work.

The win­ner ire­ceives the Philip C Jes­sup Cup, with prizes given to the best oral­ists and for the best-writ­ten memo­ri­als.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d433840

Stu­dents Leo Si­moens, Eleni Kan­nis, Jor­dan Aitken, Adam Rom­po­tis and Char­lotte West­brook.

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