Lviv Law Students to Compete in Washington

  • Lviv Law Students to Compete in Washington
  • Lviv Law Students to Compete in Washington
Issue 110, March 2018.
Lviv Law Students to Compete in Washington
 
For the first time since the competition began in 1994, law students from Lviv’s I. Franko National University won Ukraine’s oldest and most prestigious moot court competition – the Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition National Championship! Students from 10 Ukrainian law schools competed in Kyiv from 9-11 February and after two days of preliminary rounds, Lviv’s lawyers-to-be topped last year’s champions from Kyiv’s T. Shevchenko University (Institute of International Relations). In doing so, the students won the right to represent Ukraine at the international rounds of the Jessup competition, to take place in Washington, DC from 1-8 April.
 
Commenting on the team’s victory, Volodymyr Solohub – a ‘Jessuper’ with more than 10 years of experience – said: “The moot court competitions, such as Jessup, are an important education tool. At the same time, Ukrainian teams that advance to the international rounds are from the outset in a very disadvantageous position. While teams from other countries are busy preparing for the international rounds, Ukrainian teams begin fundraising to finance their trip. Unlike in other countries, where the government or law school cover the team’s expenses, Ukrainian teams are responsible for covering their own travel expenses.”
 
To that end, Lviv’s law students are already busy fundraising. Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi pledged 10,000 UAH each, while the Horodok town council set aside 43,000 UAH for Natalia Savula, a town native. Law firms Avellum, Kinstellar, Pavlenko and Partners, and Simplex, as well as Turkish Airlines, have also pledged financial support to the team. Despite this, the team’s budget hasn’t yet been covered completely and the students continue to raise funds.
 
The Jessup competition is a simulation of a trial in the International Court of Justice, the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. The 2017-18 season marks the 59th year of the event that has become the world’s largest moot court competition, with participants from over 645 law schools in 95 countries. Teams of law students compete against each other through the presentation of oral and written pleadings. While the case itself is moot, the issues raised are real and timely. This year’s case deals with the validity of interstate arbitral award, capture of an underwater drone, nuclear disarmament, and conduct of naval warfare. Congratulations to the students and good luck in DC!