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Northwestern Law Moot Court Team Repeats Win at Regionals

February 28, 2006 | by Pat Vaughan Tremmel

For the second year in a row, Northwestern University School of Law’s Jessup Moot Court team won first place at the North Central regional round of the annual Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.

Twelve law schools from across the region participated in the competition Feb. 17 to 19 at Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich.

Northwestern’s team, consisting of second-year JD students, also took first place in the brief award, and individual members ranked high in the speaking category. Gwen Carroll won first place for the Speaker Award, and John Watkins ranked fourth.

Other team members include Srikanth Reddy, Matthew Vanek and Ben Berman. The team is coached by Northwestern University School of Law adjunct professor and alum Sunil Harjani. They will next compete as one of about 10 U.S. schools among 100 teams from around the world in the international rounds held in Washington, D.C., March 27 to April 1.

The competition is co-sponsored by the American Society of International Law and the International Law Students Association. A group of international law students founded the event in 1959 to promote international legal education. Participants compete in oral and written pleadings on timely issues of international law and argue their cases as if before the International Court of Justice in the Hague, Netherlands. The competition was officially named in honor of Judge Philip C. Jessup of the International Court of Justice in 1963.
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