UP Law Wins Back-to-back Championship in the 2020 National Moot Court Competition on International Humanitarian Law
Following its win in 2019, the UP College of Law once again brought home the championship in the 2020 National Moot Court Competition on International Humanitarian Law organized by the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The UP Law IHL team, composed of Team Captain Berenice Joanna dela Cruz (III-E), Joshua Rizlan Simbillo (II-E), and Ma. Pilar Luisa Ochave (II-D) will be representing the country in the International Rounds, tentatively set to be held in Hong Kong in 2021.
The UP Law team faced students from the University of San Agustin in the final round of the competition, with Dean Raul Pangalangan (International Criminal Court judge) as Presiding Judge, and Atty. Lorna Kapunan of the PRC, Georgia Hinds of the ICRC, and Colonel Agustin Matavia of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, serving on the panel of judges.
Aside from the championship, the team garnered Best Defense Memorial and Best Prosecution Memorial awards, along with two other teams in a three-way tie. They also won the Role Play Challenge. Dela Cruz was awarded the 2nd Best Overall Mooter and the Best Mooter of the Final Round.
Ten teams participated in this year’s competition held virtually through the Zoom platform due to the ongoing pandemic.
Professor Rommel Casis mentored the team as faculty adviser and coach. UP Law students Barzillai Josh Banogon and Vanayan Odsey served as assistant coaches.