Team a law unto themselves
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.
Students Leo Simoens, Eleni Kannis, Jordan Aitken, Adam Rompotis and Charlotte Westbrook.