Monday, February 27, 2017

An Exercise in Legal Reasoning, Methods, Research and Argument

Each year, a team of MA students concentrating in International Law and Organizations participate in Jessup Moot Court, a global mock court competition at which teams of law students argue simulated cases.  Each year, more than 500 schools participate in the competition, preparing oral and written pleadings and arguing both the applicant and respondent positions of the simulated case. The theme of this year's competition presented questions surrounding transboundary aquifers, protection of cultural property, basic human rights including the rights to food and water, and what happens when arguable violations of those rights generate migrant outflows.

Our 2017 Team recently competed in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Round of the competition, winning 7th place for best memorial and 7th place for best oralist. An honorable mention went to Annelotte Jens, MA ‘17 who was the highest scoring oralist in a single round. That's quite impressive considering that Johns Hopkins SAIS was the only non-law school in this year's competition.

This is the 27th year that Johns Hopkins SAIS has participated in Jessup, and the 27th year that Professor Schneebaum has coached the team.

Congratulations to Professor Steven Schneebaum and the 2017 SAIS Jessup International Law Moot Court Team: Qifan Huang, Annelotte Jens, Joy King, Namita Rajesh, and Giulia Spaggiari.

Congratulations to Professor Steven Schneebaum and the 2017 Team!

The International Law & Organizations Program prepares graduates to work in human rights, the rule of law, post-conflict reconstruction, environmental cooperation, corporate social responsibility, protection of international investment, negotiation of international trade agreements and other areas handled by multilateral organizations and NGOs. For more information on the International Law & Organizations Program, click here.