The UP Law Center Institute of International Legal Studies and UP Law Debate and Moot Court Union (LDMU) launched a National Moot Court Training Series in Father Saturnino Urios University, Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, last September 7-8, 2019. The program aims to develop novice moot court participantsfrom all over the country and inspire interest in competitive mooting as a tool for learning international law and critical legal skills.
In the weeks leading to the workshop, participants were grouped and given first-hand experience in legal research and memorial writing based on a moot court problem brought before the International Court of Justice. Each group then delivered oral arguments, during the event, before different panels of judges, headed by Professor Neil Silva, Atty. Maricel Seno, and Atty. Modesta Apesa Chungalao, respectively.
Attendees were also given a lecture on the basics of mooting by Atty. Seno, as well as a lecture on public international law by Prof. Silva. Resident UP LDMU members mentored the participants during the entire process. They also conducted an exhibition round based on the same moot court problem during the event.
The two-day workshop was attended by over 100 law students from FSUU. The project was made possible through the initiative of Dean Fides Cordero-Tan, with the cooperation of Commissioner Josefe Sorrera-Ty and Dean Rodney Ato of FSUU.