The UK National Rounds of the 59th Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition were held between 23-25 February 2 at Gray’s Inn, London.
Teams from across the UK spent the weekend keenly contesting each other on points of law and fact in relation to pressing international law issues concerning the validity of arbitral awards, the freedom of commerce and navigation, the legality of the acquisition and possession of nuclear weapons, the use of force under the authorisation of a Security Council Resolution, the right of self-defence and the rules of naval warfare.
The Oxford team for this year, coached by Anna Ventouratou (MPhil Candidate in Public International Law, Wadham College), comprised four undergraduate law students: Herman Lin Yao Ahmad (Exeter), Ming Jie Mak (Worcester) Xue Min Amelia Tai (Oriel) and Risa Tan (St Hilda’s).
The Oxford team narrowly lost to King's College London in the Semi-Finals of the competition. Risa Tan secured the highest speaker scores in the competition and received the best speaker award for the preliminary rounds. All speakers were distinguished for their performance and the team’s written submissions were ranked among the highest in the competition.