Monday, February 18, 2019 - 10:00
Student Champions Head to International Finals in Washington, D.C. for Second Consecutive Year
American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) today announced that a team of AUIS students won first place at the Iraq national rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court competition for the second year in a row.
Students Gulan Mohammed, Noor Kamaran Omer, Paraw Ibrahim Bayiz, Hedi Rasheed Hamadameen, and Kozhan Wahid Yaseen traveled to Erbil on February 12 to take the Iraqi title. Each of the AUIS students is majoring in International Studies, with a minor in Law. AUIS will accept students in a new major in Law this year.
Named after American international lawyer and diplomat Philip C. Jessup and organized by the International Law Students Association, the Jessup Moot Court is a simulation of law practice before the International Court of Justice.
Each year, university students compete at national qualifying rounds to represent their country at the international competition in Washington, D.C., where teams argue hypothetical legal cases on behalf of fictitious countries. This year’s case, “‘Differences Concerning the Kayleff Yak,” addresses appropriation of traditional knowledge for commercial purposes, state responsibility for corporate environmental degradation and human rights violations, and herds of migratory wildlife.
This year marks the second time an AUIS team has competed in and won the Jessup national round. AUIS first participated in the Jessup Competition in 2018 and qualified to participate in the international rounds in Washington, attended by more than one hundred teams from around the world.