Wayne Law again wins Jessup international law Midwest regional
DETROIT – For the third consecutive year and the fourth time in the past five years, Wayne Law’s team won the U.S. Midwest Regional of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.
Wayne Law’s team topped the field of 19 law schools at the competition Thursday, Feb. 9, through Sunday, Feb. 12, at Loyola University School of Law in Chicago. The team also won the award for Third Best Memorial.
Wayne Law will advance to the White & Case International Rounds of the Jessup competition from April 9 through April 15 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Wayne Law will compete against schools from across the globe in hopes of taking home the top prize. The international rounds are both an educational experience and cultural extravaganza. The weeklong schedule of events is filled with competitive matches, panel discussions and social events.
Wayne Law team members are third-year students Elaina Bailey of Taylor and Sarah Cravens of Detroit, and second-year students Nicole Pitchford of Royal Oak, Aaron Shuman of Royal Oak and Adam Winnie of Taylor. Professor Gregory H. Fox, director of Wayne Law’s Program for International Legal Studies, is the team’s faculty advisor.
In its 58th year, the Jessup competition is the world’s largest moot court competition with participants from 550 law schools representing more than 87 countries.
At the regional competition, the Wayne Law team won three of four rounds in the preliminary oral arguments, defeating DePaul University, University of Wisconsin and Michigan State University.
Wayne Law’s team moved onto the quarterfinals, where it defeated the University of Notre Dame. In the semifinals, it defeated Case Western Reserve University. In the final round, the team defeated Loyola University Chicago to take home the regional championship.
For the Jessup competition, the International Law Students Association creates and releases a Special Agreement each fall that outlines the issues and facts behind a hypothetical international legal dispute before the International Court of Justice (World Court). Wayne Law Jessup members research, write and submit a memorial and prepare for the regional competition by participating in various moot arguments in front of faculty and practicing attorneys around the metro Detroit area.
This year’s Jessup problem concerns the equitable use of transboundary water resources, the protection of natural heritage sites, the return of stolen cultural property and compensation for the creation of refugee outflows.
Wayne Law students, from left, Adam Winnie, Sarah Cravens, Elaina Bailey, Aaron Shuman and Nicole Pitchford, pose for photo after being named champions of the U.S. Midwest Regional of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.