UP Law Wins 2019 Jessup National Championships

Jessup 2019 2The UP Law moot court team brought home the championship in the 2019 DivinaLaw Philippine National Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition held in University of Santo Tomas from February 21 to 23.Jessup 2019

With a 4-0 sweep, the team won all the rounds up to the local finals. They will compete once more in the International Rounds held annually in Washington, D.C. this coming March 28 to April 8.

The delegation consisted of senior Marianne Crielle Vitug (IV-C), juniors Abelardo Hernandez (III-E), Marianne Angeli Estioco (III-D), Danielle Sophia Garduno (III-BGC Day), and Edbert Marcel Ragadio (III-E). Prof. Rommel Casis served as the team's adviser.

Alongside the championship, UP Law mooters won best speaker awards. Vitug won as the Second Best Speaker of the Preliminary Rounds, Estioco third, and Ragadio seventh. Hernandez won as the Overall Best Oralist for winning as the Best Speaker for both the preliminary and final rounds.

Hernandez said that the team spent more than four months in preparation for the competition.

"The team spent two months writing the written memorial and another two months preparing the oral presentation. In the months leading up to the competition, the team trained four times a week, and in the last few weeks before the competition, the team trained everyday," Hernandez shared.

“We're so thrilled to have won Jessup and bring home UP's 2nd championship in a row. We're looking forward to competing in Washington and we will definitely work hard to do well in the international rounds as well,” Estioco adds.

According to International Law Students Association, the host of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, the Jessup is the world's largest moot court competition, with participants from over 680 law schools in 100 countries and jurisdictions, addressing timely issues of public international law in the context of a hypothetical legal dispute between nations.