The members of the Ateneo Jessup team repre- sented the Philippines in the international rounds of the 2014 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition held in Washington, D.C. Photo by Angela Ray Abala

Ateneo Jessup team overcomes UP; advances to Washington D.C.

AFTER two years of setbacks in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition national rounds, the Ateneo-Jessup team recently came out ahead of the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Law and took back the right to represent the Philippines in the international rounds this coming April.

Last 27th and 28th of February 2014, the members of the Ateneo-Jessup team, composed of Eduardo Danilo Macabulos (3A), Angela Ray Abala (4B), Toni Lou Sevilla (4C), Lauren Toledo (4A) and Leo Arman Galang (2B) as oralists, together with Carmina Reyes (3B), Carlwin Ong (1B) and David Rosario (2A) as team administrators, went head to head with the representatives from the UP Law in the final rounds held in the University of Sto. Tomas. In order to meet UP in the finals, the Ateneo team had to prevail over the University of San Carlos, Cebu in the semi-final rounds.

In addition to the championship, the Ateneo team further took home the special awards of Overall Best Memorial, Best Speaker for Preliminary Rounds (Toni Sevilla), 2nd Best Speaker for Preliminary Rounds (Eduardo Macabulos), 8th Best Speaker for Preliminary Rounds (Lauren Toledo) and Best Speaker for Final Round (Eduardo Macabulos).

According to Ateneo Society of International Law (ASIL) President and Ateneo-Jessup member, Toni Lou Sevilla, besting the UP team also meant that they have qualified to represent the country in the international rounds to be held in Washington D.C. this coming April 6-12.

ASIL alumni, Attys. Domnina Rances and Timothy Batan, coached the team, with the assistance of fellow ASIL alumnus Philip Dabao.

This 2014 marks the 55th year of the Jessup Moot, which is now the world’s largest and most prestigious moot court competition with over 600 law school participants in more than 90 countries. It is described as “a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations.”

Officially, this year’s Jessup Problem involves the conflict between maritime development and conservation, criminal jurisdiction and maritime salvage rights.

The Philippines was able achieve the world championship twice: in 1995 (UP Law) and 2004 (Ateneo Law).

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