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Moot Court team has second consecutive win in GCC competition
The American University of Sharjah (AUS) Moot Court team won the second annual Gulf Cooperation Council "Jessup Friendly" Moot Court Competition held in Kuwait on March 2. This is the second consecutive year that AUS has won this competition, which was hosted by Kuwait International Law School.
The competition involves students in mock litigation between states at the International Court of Justice. It is one of several regional competitions leading to the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, the world's largest moot court competition to be held in Washington, DC, in April. In this year’s competition, the topics under consideration are due process in interstate arbitration, law of the sea, nuclear disarmament obligations and law governing the use of force.
The AUS team, which was made up of undergraduate students, won six out of six preliminary rounds against three teams of graduate students from Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University Law School of Saudi Arabia, Hamad Bin Khalifa Law School of Qatar, and Kuwait International Law School. They then won the championship round against the Kuwaiti team, which was judged by the Executive Director of the International Law Students Association and the Philip C Jessup Moot Court Competition. Other judges were drawn from regional law schools and legal counsel from the US Embassy in Kuwait.
AUS student Edvard Kondrat won the Best Respondent Oralist award, narrowly beating the second AUS oralist, Nourelhoda Hamza. The team researcher in the competition was Nasser Anwahi.
Serving as professor and coach of the AUS Moot Court Team is Dr. Barry Hashimoto, Assistant Professor of Political Science in the Department of International Studies.