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AUS students shine at Jessup Moot Court
A team from American University of Sharjah (AUS) won the national rounds at the Jessup Moot Court held at the DIFC Courts on February 26. The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, now in its 53rd year, is the world's largest moot court competition, with participants from over 500 law schools in more than 80 countries.
Sponsored by Latham Watkins, the AUS team won the position of best overall team, the best memorials (written pleadings) and team member Lema Hatem won best speaker. The team consisted of Hatem, Nasra Hamed, Sabika Zehra and Feras Ahmed.
As a result of their victory, the AUS team members at the Jessup Moot Court will represent the UAE in Washington at the Jessup international round in March.
Earlier this year, four other students from AUS travelled to the United States during the winter break to represent AUS at the Susan J. Ferrell Moot Court competition in Miami, Florida.
The AUS team, comprising Salma Al Khudwah, Amina Limbada, Cicily Roy and Hiba Tawfik, competed against prestigious American law schools such as the University of Virginia and Howard University. Howard University won the competition.
The Susan J. Ferrell Moot Court Competition, now in its seventh year, is a competition revolving around a simulated court proceeding, in which teams representing both sides of the argument prepare written pleadings with respect to a fictional problem of international human rights law and policy, and present their arguments in an oral argument before the International Court of Justice.