EHU's moot court team placed among the top sixteen teams at this year's Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition, ahead of such universities as Oxford, Cambridge, Moscow State, and Moscow State Institute of International Relations. A total of 126 teams from around the world participated.
Four undergraduate EHU law students competed in the moot court simulation: Krystsina Karahina, Maksim Kazlouski, Bahdan Sarazhynski, and Tsimafei Savitski. They were coached by Inesa Stolper, teaching assistant in EHU's Legal Studies Department and an EHU alum (LLB International Law, 2011).
"Students have shown an outstanding performance in the moot court competition this year. They were working hard during the whole year and strove for the best result possible in each match," said Stolper.
“The moot court competition is an excellent opportunity to deepen our knowledge of international law, to acquire research skills, and master the oral presentation skills necessary for a career in law, as well as for making new friends," noted Savitski.
The Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition is an advocacy competition for law students. Teams of students compete by presenting oral and written arguments that address timely issues of public international law in the context of a hypothetical legal dispute between nations. Teams spend more than a half year preparing for the competition.
This year's competition focused on a scenario in which a group of islands constituting a nation was permanently submerged. Students discussed such issues as the question of its continued statehood, regulation of refugees from the islands, and the obligations of the host state to provide refugees with status and guarantee adequate conditions of stay. Regulation of loan agreements between states and seizure of assets under default rules were also discussed.