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Rutgers Team Wins Fourth Best Memorial Award in Jessup Competition

February 15, 2009 – 
At the 50th anniversary of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, the Rutgers School of Law–Newark team received the Fourth Best
 Jessup 2009
Memorial Award in the Northeast Super Regional Rounds, beating Harvard, NYU, and Columbia Law Schools. The event took place at the New York office of competition sponsor Shearman & Sterling LLP. 

Faculty sponsor for the Jessup team was William Schroeder ’86, special counsel at Sullivan and Cromwell LLP and an adjunct professor of Transnational Litigation and Dispute Resolution. Team members were (l – r) 2Ls Suzanne Baidon-Ciobanu and Anna Domyancic, 3L Rita Turner, 2L Florence Sinofsky, and 3L Emily Anderson. Team coaches (and cheerleaders) were 3L Kevin Murphy and Brittany Wilcox ’07.

The Jessup Competition is the world’s largest moot court competition, with participants from more than 500 law schools in over 80 countries. The competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations. A team from each participating school is required to prepare oral and written pleadings arguing both the applicant and respondent positions of the case. This year’s Jessup problem dealt with the issue of determining whether, and under what circumstances, unilateral humanitarian intervention is legal under international law, as well as issues relating to the jurisdiction over peace-keeping soldiers.

The team’s trophy will be displayed by the library, to which the students also donated Taking International Law Seriously by Helen Keller and Daniela Thurnherr, the book it received as part of its award.