The HKU Jessup Team won the Regional Champion title in the 2021 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition on 28 February 2021. Known also as the most prestigious international mooting competition in the world, this year’s Jessup problem concerned the issues of state responsibilities during a global pandemic, diplomatic asylum, jurisdiction of the ICJ, and international aviation law. The Team consists of Ryan Cheung (PCLL), Jason Louie (PCLL), Raphael Leung (PCLL), and Thomas Lam (LLB3). In addition to the Champion title, the Team was awarded the Best Written Memorial Prize for the Respondent, and Thomas Lam was ranked 3rd best oralist in recognition of his outstanding advocacy skills.
After competing against other law schools in Hong Kong, the HKU Team advanced to the Grand Final, where oral submissions were heard before Mr Geoffrey Ma Tao-li GBM QC SC (the former Chief Justice of the Court of Final Appeal), Mr Jin Pao SC (Barrister at Temple Chambers), and Mr Wesley Wong Wai-chung SC (Solicitor General of the Department of Justice).
The Team would like to take this opportunity to express their most sincere gratitude to the coaches, Ms Astina Au and Ms Natalie So for their valuable feedback and guidance. The Team would also like to thank Ms Deanna Law, Mr Jason Ko, and Mr Fergus Tam for their kind assistance and helpful advice. The team now advances to the Global Rounds which will be held virtually this year over a five-week period in March 2021.