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Manchester team takes part in prestigious international law moot

1 March 2017

A team of our students competed in the Jessup moot for the first time in institutional memory, achieving fantastic results against tough competition.

Jessup competition team

The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot is the largest mooting competition in the world. The UK National Rounds were held on 24 - 26 February at Gray’s Inn, London.

Having been selected in November 2016, our team have spent the last 3 ½ months preparing to participate in the challenging UK National Round.

The draw pitted them against Oxford, Edinburgh, Inner Temple and LSE in that order. Our students thrived when at the podium, dealing succinctly with the many judicial interventions that were intended to test the extent of their knowledge and composure. Facing multiple champions Oxford on the first morning of the competition and against the highest quality judicial bench, the Manchester students fared magnificently, with Siran Mahama ably beating her counterpart Respondent. Amelia Briggs, Imran Zaman Ali, and Isabella Kirwan all impressed with their confidence in delivery and their knowledge of sometimes obscure points of international law. They were assisted by the unparalleled research skills of Tomas Brealey and Valeriya Kitsina. Each team member has put in long (extra-curricular) hours to reach this level and they are all a credit to the School of Law and the Manchester International Law Centre LLM programme.

Manchester won 3 rounds on the basis of written submissions. This achievement is compounded by the fact that the 2 x 10,000 word memorials had to be handed in amidst the students’ exam revision. In oral submissions the team clearly beat Edinburgh and ran Oxford, LSE, and Inner Temple to within a few points. Overall Manchester finished with 3 oralists in the top 20 mooters. The students were applauded for their ability, legal knowledge and determination.

This unique, challenging and valuable experience was supported by the School and our Manchester International Law Centre whose postgraduate students provided valuable coaching.

We are very proud of the team's achievement.

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