The AUC team, consisting of Claire McNally, Rasheed Idou, Mohamed Kouta and Ahmed el-Shiekh, defeated teams from Cairo University, Ain-Shams University and Al Azhar University.
AUC also won the Best Oralist Award (Mohamed Kouta), 2nd-Best Oralist Award (Rasheed Idou) and the Best Memorial Awards for the written briefs of both applicant and respondent.
The team was led by Thomas Skouteris, an associate professor in the Department of Law.
The AUC team qualified to compete against the world’s strongest teams in the International Finals, scheduled to take place in Washington, D.C. in April 2017.
The Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the oldest, toughest, and most prestigious law competition in the world. More than 800 teams from 150+ states have been registered for this year’s competition. Students are asked to simulate proceedings before the International Court of Justice, assuming the roles of legal counsel pleading before the Court. Students have been preparing their case for nearly 7 months (since September 2017).
This year’s case, 'The Case Concerning the Sisters of Sun' (see attached scanned poster) is perhaps one of the most complex in the recent history of the Jessup. It involves questions of balancing a state’s sovereign right to exploit its own natural water resources against the need to protect the right of other states; as well as questions of cultural property of indigenous peoples.