|From left: Brian Lee, Natalie So, Jason Ko, Coach Ms Astina Au, Michelle Sum, and Sakinah Sat|
Continuing the success of HKU last year, the HKU Jessup Team has won the Regional Champion in the 59th Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition on 25th February 2018. The Team was also awarded with the Best Written Memorial Prizes for both the Applicant and Respondent.
With participants from 700 law schools in 100 different jurisdictions, the world’s largest moot competition is based on a fictional case before the International Court of Justice. This year’s problem concerns international arbitration, law of the seas, nuclear disarmament, and use of force. It requires a thorough understanding of public international law, an increasingly important area of law in 21st century.
The Team consists of 5 PCLL students – Ko Lun Jason, Lee Chun-Hin Brian, Sat Sakinah, So Tsz Ching Natalie, and Sum Hiu-Yan Michelle. Since the selection round in September 2017, the Team has been researching extensively on international conventions and customs. Further, numerous oral practice sessions were held before the Moot, through which the Team has tremendously benefitted from rigorous questions and comments on advocacy style. For this, the Team would like to express sincere gratitude to Mr Isaac Chan, Mr Jeff Chan, Mr Victor Lui, Mr Henness Leung and Ms Angel Cheng for their kind assistance.
Last but not least, thanks must be given to Ms Astina Au and Mr Peter Barnes (team coaches), and Mr Sunny Hor (student coach), for their unfailing support all along. The Team will be representing Hong Kong in the upcoming international rounds in Washington DC in April 2018.