Oxford Uni to represent UK in world’s largest mooting competition

Oxford University students have claimed a spot in the world’s largest mooting competition to be held in the USA next month after winning the UK finals for the second time.

The annual Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, now in it’s 50th year, saw more than 20 teams from around the country vie for a place in the championships, set to be hosted in Washington DC in March.

The competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations. Representing both sides of the argument, each Jessup team is required to prepare oral and written pleadings.

Paschalis Paschalidis, who was one of the faculty mooting coordinators for the Oxford team, said beating UCL for the second time in two years was a big achievement.

“We were so pleased to win because it was nice to see that we can now establish a tradition of winning. Now everyone is looking forward to Washington,” he said.

The competition is administered by the International Law Students Association in nearly 90 countries and encompasses more than 2,000 law students from 600 universities across the globe. Teams from the UK first competed in the Jessup in 1970.