The Dhaka University Team won the 5th Bangladesh National Round of Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, 2021 (Jessup) competition recently.
The competition, hosted at East West University, was inaugurated on February 11, according to a US Embassy Dhaka statement issued on Monday.
At the end of the final round on February 13, BRAC University was also announced as the runner-up.
Jessup is the world’s largest Moot Court competition, which brings together aspiring law students from approximately 700 law schools across 100 nations and jurisdictions. Competitors address fictional disputes between countries before the International Court of Justice.
The competition serves as a platform to effectively build oral and written presentations skills that are instrumental in developing aspiring lawyers’ overall advocacy skills and exposes law students to the international community.
The Bangladesh Founding National Administrator of Jessup and current National Coordinator of ILSA Chapters, Nuran Choudhury, started on the path to hosting in 2013, and after several attempts to find funding and a team, his perseverance paid off.
Bangladesh hosted the first Jessup national round in 2017.
The United States Department of Justice, Office of Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (USDOJ/OPDAT) sponsored 19 universities from Bangladesh and provided an appellate attorney from the US Department of Justice to judge the quarterfinal round.
To mark the opening of the competition, speakers and distinguished guests were invited to the inaugural ceremony.
US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R. Miller opened the ceremony as the chief guest.
Bangladesh Attorney General AM Amin Uddin was present at the function as the guest of honor.
Chief Advisor to East West University, Professor Dr. Mohammed Farashuddin, was present there as the special guest.
The Executive Director of International Law Students Association (ILSA), Lesley A Benn and Sayem Ali Pathan, Jessup National Administrator, among others, were present at the ceremony.
The international rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition 2021 will be held from March 13, 2021 to April 18, 2021.