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Jessup International Moot Court Team Reaches Regional Quarterfinals

Michigan State University College of Law competed in the South Regional quarterfinal round of this year’s Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, which was held March 5–8, 2014, in New Orleans. The team included third-year students Claire Kaisler and Adaeze Teme, along with 2Ls Matthew Dupree, Xiao Yan Huang, and Anne Strawbridge.

Jessup International Moot Court

More than 20 law schools—including Emory University School of Law, Cornell University Law School, Stetson University College of Law, and University of Houston Law Center—competed in the event, which was hosted by Loyola University New Orleans and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Michigan State Law Professors Bruce Bean and Veronica Valentine McNally coached this year’s Jessup Team, with assistance from teaching assistant Evgeniya Shakina. The team attributes much of its success to Professors Troy Brown, Adam Candeub, Jennifer Copland, Kevin Gentry, Sammy Mansour, and John Reifenberg; Reference Librarians Barbara Bean and Janet Hedin; and members of the MSU Law Niagara Team.

The prestigious Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Competition attracts more than 600 law students from over 90 countries, making it the world’s largest event of its type. The International Law Students Association and White & Case sponsor and administer the competition. International law scholars write the hypothetical dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice. This year’s problem, “The Case Concerning Certain Activities within the Malachi Gap,” addressed party rights to natural resources of the seabed and subsoil, fisheries, cultural heritage, and activities on the high seas.

Last updated: April 25, 2014


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