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UPH Law Moot Court Team Advances to the International Rounds of Jessup Moot Court Competition

UPH Team with Coach and Advisors

Moot Court Team from the Faculty of Law Universitas Pelita Harapan (FH-UPH) has successfully attained the first place of being the Champion at the 2015 Indonesian National Round of Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, which was held at the campus of Universitas Tarumanegara (UNTAR) and at Constitutional Court (Mahkamah Konstitusi) of Jakarta on 6-8 February 2015. In this competition, UPH Jessup Team 2015 comprises of Roselyn Prima Winata (FH-UPH 2011), Astrid Desmonda (FH-UPH 2011), Sabrina Wirawendra Kusumoprojo (FH-UPH 2012), Nadya Andyrasari Mulya (FH-UPH 2013), and Bernice Koean (FH-UPH 2014) all of which are members of International Law Moot Court Community Universitas Pelita Harapan (ILMCC UPH).

The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is one of the largest moot court competitions in the world that simulates a proceeding before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) with different themes every year. Over 600 law schools from over 80 countries with attendance of more than 1000 applicants, legal experts and practitioners, as well as legal scholars participated in the event. In Indonesia, this competition has been annually carried out with the cooperation between Indonesian Society of International Law (ISIL), International Law Students Association (ILSA), and American Society of International Law (ASIL). This year, 13 universities competed in the national round. The 2015 problem carries the theme of The Case Concerning Secession and Annexation of East Agnostica and the international law issues revolve around the questions of treaty interpretation and applicability in the face of changed circumstances; the propriety of counter-measures; and procedural and substantive issues raised by the secession of a province from one country and its annexation by another; issues that are directly associated with the conflict in Crimea between Ukraine and Russia.

UPH Jessup Team 2015 (from left to right): Sabrina Wirawendra Kusumoprojo, Bernice Koean, Astrid Desmonda, Nadya Andyrasari Mulya, Roselyn Prima Winata

During the preliminary rounds, our UPH Jessup Team faced teams from Universitas Sumatra Utara (USU), Universitas Islam Indonesia (UII), Universitas Kristen Maranatha, and Universitas Mataram (UNRAM). After qualifying to the next stage of the Competition, the Team managed to defeat Universitas Padjajaran Bandung (UNPAD) for the semifinal round and won against Universitas Islam Indonesia (UII) Jogjakarta at the final round. With this, they have clenched the championship title of Mochtar Kusumaatmadja Award along with Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners Award for Second Best Memorial. Other accomplishment includes Fourth Best Oralist awarded to Nadya Andyrasari Mulya and Sixth Best Oralist for Astrid Desmonda.

The Team’s success indeed cannot be separated from the guidance from the coach Jessica Los Banos, foreign advisor David Smith, and the alumni of FH-UPH as well as former Jessup Competitors including Johan Kurnia (FH-UPH 2006), Sianti Candra (FH-UPH 2007), Dinna Margaretha (FH-UPH 2010), and Jonathan Abuthan (FH-UPH 2011). As the Champion of the National Round, FH-UPH Team will be representing Indonesia at the International Rounds of Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Competition, which will be held in Washington D.C., United States of America, on 5-11 April 2015. Let us pray and give support to our FH-UPH Jessup Team for them to carve remarkable achievement for the alma mater and Indonesia!

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