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UP, USC, Ateneo law schools advance to Jessup White & Case global rounds

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Three Philippine law schools are joining other national winners to vie for the Jessup 2023 championship, considered the Olympics of mooting. UP, USC, Ateneo, and Jessup photos.

Law school students of the University of the Philippines (UP), University of San Carlos (USC), and Ateneo de Manila University are advancing to the global rounds of the 2023 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, the world’s largest moot court competition celebrating international law education scheduled to be held in the United States this April.

The three law schools earned the right to represent the Philippines in the Jessup White & Case International Rounds after topping the national rounds held last February 25 to 28 at the University of Santo Tomas where UP bagged the championship for the 6th straight year since 2018. USC placed 2nd while Ateneo was ranked 3rd among 12 participating teams.

Jessup White & Case LLP social media announced the Philippine teams vying for the top prize of the Jessup World Cup in the global rounds from April 8-15 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Washington, D.C., the first International Rounds held in person in four years and after holding virtual competitions for two years during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Great job to the following teams from the Philippines advancing to the White & Case International Rounds!
1st place: University of the Philippines
2nd place: University of San Carlos
3rd place: Ateneo de Manila University”

The 2023 Jessup White & Case International Rounds is participated by participants from roughly 700 law schools in 100 countries and jurisdictions. The competition is administered by the International Law Students Association (ILSA) and requires students to present oral and written arguments in a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations.

This year’s hypothetical case is titled the Case Concerning the Clarent Belt (The Kingdom of Aglovale v. The State of Ragnell) and concerns the interpretation of a peace treaty, deadly attacks in allegedly occupied territory, unilateral economic sanctions, and the legal consequences of failing to dispose of hazardous waste properly.

University of the Philippines College of Law

The UP Law team won 1st place in the national rounds. UP Law photo.

The UP Law team was represented in the national rounds by Paolo Irineo A. Jose, Louise Michiko B. Lokin, Franco Luis G. Lopez, Sheigne Alvir M. Miñano, and team captain Adrian Gabriel C. Padilla. Team coaches were Prof. Paolo S. Tamase and Aloysius Francis M. Bresnan with Prof. Rommel J. Casis as faculty adviser.

Individual oralist awards were given to members of the team in recognition of their outstanding performance:

  • Padilla was the Best Oralist of the Championship Round as well as the 5th Best Oralist of the Preliminary Rounds
  • Jose was named 2nd Best Oralist of the Preliminary Rounds
  • Lokin, the 8th Best Oralist of the Preliminary Rounds


USC Law won 2nd place in the national rounds. USC photo.

USC Law has been a consistent performer in the Jessup Global Rounds and reached the semi-finals, finishing in the top four after defeating the University of Cambridge in the quarter-finals.

The USC College of Law Mooting Carolinian team is composed of J. Priyanka Dalagan, Michelle Anne Vargas, Mary Angie Ecto, Joshua Tambor, and Joseph Brian Unabia together with Head Coach Atty. Daryl Bretch Largo and Assistant Coaches Atty. Rhomeljustein Redoble and Edward Dominic Emilio.

Dalagan also received special recognition as the 4th best speaker in the Jessup national rounds.

Ateneo Law

Ateneo Law finished in 3rd place in the national rounds. ADMU photo.

The Ateneo Law team is composed of Maria Josefina Concio, Luis Teodoro Pascua, Christian Gio Senarlo, Gabriel Tabeta, and Isabelle Beatriz Ginez with team administrators Julianne Beatrice Rosario and Dana Mica Torregosa. The Team is coached by Atty. Leo Arman Galang, Atty. Sean James Borja, and Atty. Deric Robert Siquian.

The Ateneo team also picked up the following honors in the national rounds:

  • Best Overall Memorial;
  • Best Respondent Memorial
  • 1st Best Oralist (Christian Gio Senarlo)
  • 2nd Best Oralist (Maria Josefina Concio)
  • 8th Best Oralist (Isabelle Beatriz Ginez)

SEND CONGRATULATIONS AND WELL WISHES in the comments below to the Philippine teams from UP, USC, and Ateneo competing in the global rounds of the Jessup White & Case mooting competition!

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