RLS associates Abbas Mahvash, Freshta Zuhal Rahman, and Jessica Wright participated as judges at the Afghanistan National Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition held in Kabul from January 20-25. Students from eighteen Afghan universities argued a complex international law case that involved issues ranging from the legality of natural resource development to the repatriation of stolen cultural artifacts to the payment of compensation for the burden of hosting refugee camps. Balkh and Kandahar Universities prevailed in the Afghanistan National Rounds and will participate in the International Rounds in Washington D.C. this spring.
The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, which is administered by the International Law Students Association (ILSA), is the world’s largest moot court competition, with participants from over 550 law schools in more than 80 countries. The competition, now in its 58th year, poses a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations. Each eligible law school is allowed to field one team of up to five students. In the months leading up to the competition, each team prepares oral arguments and written briefs. You can read more about Jessup and view the case materials here.