On February 21, 22 and 23, UNIFACS will host the Brazilian stage of the 54th Philip C. Jessup International Law competition. During the competition, which is taking place for the first time in Salvador, student representatives from public and private institutions across the country will participate in a simulated grand jury, which will focus on a fictional dispute between two countries in the International Court in The Hague.
The competition will feature representatives from 11 institutions across the country. They are: UNIFACS, University of São Paulo (USP), Federal University of Bahia (UFBA), Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Centro Universitario Ritter dos Reis (UniRitter), Faculty of Law and Management Baiana Benevides, Pontificia Universidade Catolica Rio Grande do Sul, State University of Maringá University of Passo Fundo, Federal University of Pelotas and the Federal University of Santa Maria.
To participate in the challenge, each contestant writes a memo in English in defense of each of the two countries involved in the dispute. Furthermore, students deliver a presentation in English of the arguments to a panel of judges responsible for the complaint of the contestants during the performance. The cases treated in the Jessup competition have included the genocide in Rwanda, the dismantling of the former Yugoslavia state and responsibility for environmental damage. In this 54th edition, the theme involves the fictitious states Alfurna and Rutasia. To resolve the issue, students will address the factual and legal consequences of climate change, migration and sovereign loans.
Students are evaluated by the judges based on their knowledge of law, the application of the law to the facts of the case, the ability to answer questions, style, posture, bowing and cordiality with the jury. They are also judged based on their ability to organize their presentation time and provide a logical sequence of arguments. The jury is composed of experts in international law from Brazil and abroad.
The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the largest moot court in the world, with participants representing more than 550 law schools from more than 80 countries. Students who advance in the national competitions in each country earn the right to participate in the White & Case International Rounds held in Washington, DC (USA).
This article was originally written in Portuguese and has been translated into English to be shared on the Laureate International Universities website.