Today i have a match, the Phillip C. Jessup International Moot Court, with USA from Columbia University. It was quiet good :) this is what we got from judges.
We didn't expect much from the match today since it was so tough to compete with Columbia University like them. But finally, we did it, and it's just like a miracle.
The brief, the writing memo is too good enough to scare us before the match but we were just so lucky to have very lovely judges. They just keep asking questions, and looking us in eyes of ...what should i say...he think of us just a kid, and he is just smile at us all time while we proceed our speech.
We know already that we couldn't win the awesome Columbia team but we are so proud enough to get a word excellent from judges.
"It is very honor to die under the name of hero :) " this is what we say before the match.
We will have a final match tomorrow but not my turn with Brazil then we are free from Jessup, and no more nightmare. Parties will come along and it’s time to rock and role :)
Another mission is to impress the other countries that Cambodia are smart enough to against the west , white skin, and anyone. But we just can't guarantee to win :D since we're not from super school and ton books to do research like in usa or in the west.
The last mission to learn from awesome experience to share with kids next generation.
see ya guys.
i was awake all night long, only 2 or 3 hours sleep before the first round so i think i did my best whatever result i just accept it.
This morning, the weather is super cold, -2 or -4 C degree. We all are freezing when we got the Fairmont Hotel where the competition take place.
Tomorrow Cambodia Vs. USA, Columbia university! hmm...
Written by Eleanor Ainge Roy
Thursday, 19 March 2009
Photo by: ELEANOR AINGE-ROY
Cambodia’s court competition team trainers Zachary Lampell (left) and Shona Grandy (second from right) with team members Piseth Panha, Soy Kimsan, Sreng Nearirath, Khun Sonita and Vireak Thirith.
This Sunday five law students from the Royal University of Law and Economics will compete in Washington at the prestigious Jessup International Moot Court Competition.
In its 50th year, the Jessup competition is the world's largest of its kind with more than 500 law schools from 80 countries competing.
The competition is a mock trial of two fictional countries before the United Nations' International Court of Justice.
Each competing team must prepare written and oral arguments to present to the court,
This is the first year Cambodia has sent a team. The five chosen participants have been preparing since last September. Their fund raising efforts for the trip were aided by a last-minute donation from Prime Minister Hun Sen.
The team have also had strong support from the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia and have been trained by ECCC defence intern Shona Grandy, a two-time national Jessup competitor for England, and Zachery Lampell, a former ECCC intern on the winning team of last year's International Jessup Competition.
Grandy said the team had been working hard to prepare for the competition, adding that their attendance was a huge source of pride for Cambodia, as they would be competing against some of the best law schools in the world.
"They have worked unbelievably hard," she said.
"They have gone from individuals who froze when you asked them a question or interrupted their speech to standing up, each one of them for 20 minutes, and defending their point and arguing with the judge. Their knowledge of international law has just rocketed. It is a fantastic transformation."
Nearirath Sreng, a member of the Cambodian Jessup team, said her participation in the competition was a dream come true.
"This will be my first visit to the United States and I feel very nervous and excited," she said. "There are so many brilliant people competing, but all we can do is try our best and hope that we do well."
Grundy said the fact that English was the team's second language would be a hindrance, but she hoped this would be just the beginning for Cambodia's involvement in the Jessup Competition.
The competition runs in Washington from March 22 to 28.
SHEARMAN & STERLING INTERNATIONAL ROUNDS
Sunday, March 22
- 10:00am - 2:00pm Team Registration and Orientation Fair (Ballroom Leve el, Fairmont)All teams must check-in and register during this period. If a team does notarrive and register by 2:00pm, the team will not be scheduled to compete.
- 2:00pm Team Orientation (Grand Ballroom, Fairmont)All teams must attend the Team Orientation. Special remarks will be deliveredby Shearman & Sterling partner Yas Banifatemi.
- 5:00pm Bailiff Orientation (Executive Forum, Fairmont) For exhibition and observation teams and all other bailiffs.
- 5:30pm Exhibition Team Meeting (Executive Forum, Fairmont)
- 6:00pm Distribution of Preliminary Round Schedule and Opponent Memorials (Roosevelt, Fairmont) This is when teams will receive their schedule of matches and the memorials of the opponents for the Preliminary Rounds.
- 8:00pm Judge Orientation (Ballroom I, Fairmont)
- 8:30am-9:30am Breakfast for Teams
- 9:00am - 11:00am Jessup Preliminary Round I
- 11:30am - 1:30pm Jessup Preliminary Round II
- 2:00pm - 4:00pm Jessup Preliminary Round III
- 4:30pm - 6:30pm Jessup Preliminary Round IV
- 7:00pm - 9:00pm Jessup Preliminary Round V
- 7:00pm - 10:00pm Shearman & Sterling Friends of the Jessup Reception(Colonnade, Fairmont) For Judges, National Administrators, and Team Advisors
- 9:00am - 11:00am Jessup Preliminary Round VI
- 11:30am - 1:30pm Jessup Preliminary Round VII
- 2:00pm - 4:00pm Jessup Preliminary Round VIII
- 4:30pm - 6:30pm Jessup Preliminary Round IX
- 7:00pm - 9:00pm Jessup Preliminary Round X
- 6:00pm - 8:00pm Shearman & Sterling Reception for Teams(Shearman & Sterling Offices) All teams are invited to attend a reception held at the Washington office ofShearman & Sterling, located at 801 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Transportation will be provided between the Fairmont Hotel and the Shearman & Sterling Office. RSVP to email@example.com by Tuesday, March 24.
- 9:00am - 11:00am Jessup Preliminary Round XI
- 11:30am - 1:30pm Jessup Preliminary Round XII
- 2:00pm - 4:00pm Jessup Preliminary Round XIII
- 4:30pm - 6:30pm Jessup Preliminary Round XIV
- 7:00pm - 9:00pm Jessup Preliminary Round XV
- 10:00pm Announcement Party (Lotus Lounge and Dance Club) Located at 1420 K Street NW, about one mile from the Fairmont Hotel. For Jessup Teams, Team Advisors, Judges, Volunteers, ILSA Spring Conference Attendees and all others. Come see which teams will advance past the Preliminary Rounds. Casual Attire.
- All Day ILSA Spring Conference Panels on International Law topics throughout the day. All Jessup Team Members, Team Advisors, Volunteers, and Judges are invited to attend the ILSA Spring Conference for free. Please refer to the ILSA Spring Conference Program for a schedule and description of conference events. Please make sure to wear your Jessup badge when attending conference events.
- 10:00am - 12:00pm Jessup Run-Off Rounds All are invited to attend advanced rounds.
- 2:00pm - 4:00pm Octo-final Rounds All are invited to attend advanced rounds.
- 9:00pm Go-National Dress Ball (Grand Ballroom, Fairmont) All are invited to attend. Everyone is encouraged to come dressed in traditional national costume or other creative attire.
- All Day ILSA Spring Conference Panels on International Law topics throughout the day. All Jessup TeamMembers, Team Advisors, Volunteers, and Judges are invited to attend the ILSA Spring Conference for free. Please refer to the ILSA Spring Conference Program for a schedule and description of conference events. Please make sure to wear your Jessup badge when attending conference events.
- 10:00am - 12:00pm Quarter Final RoundsAll are invited to attend advanced rounds.
- 12:30pm – 2:00pm Pathways to Careers in International Law The ABA Section of International Law presents an informative panel to offercareer advice to those interested in International Law.
- 2:00pm - 4:00pm Semifinal Rounds All are invited to attend advanced rounds.
- 6:30pm Jessup 50th Anniversary Celebration(Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center)Dinner event to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Jessup Competition.Tickets required. Transportation will be provided between the Fairmont Hoteland the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, located at
- 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Business attire. Saturday, March 28
- 4:00pm Shearman & Sterling Jessup Cup World Championship Round (Grand Ballroom, Fairmont) All are invited to attend. Please arrive early as space is limited.
- 9:00pm Final Gala and Announcement of Awards (Grand Ballroom, Fairmont) Come to have fun one last time with a night of music and dancing. Awards will be announced. Semi-formal dress.
- 8:00am - 11:00am Distribution of Team Packets (Registration Desk, Ballroom Level) Teams can pick up their scoresheets and participation certificates during this time.
The weather is damn cold with a very cold wind so everyone is just freezing.
It's good that finally Mr. Embassidor understand us.
Q: What are you doing here?
A: we're representing Cambodia to join the world largest competition of Phillip C. Jessup moot court.
Q:Who does send you here?
A: No one exactly, but we are making history to lead our own team to be here. In order to have USAID to lead or make project something like this they have to write a proposal which would take years, and it would not be able to happy too since they never thought that we have ability to join such a big competition like this because lack material of internation laws, professors and stuffs like that. So, he finally got what we are trying to explain him.
Q: ....more questions shall be posted next time :D
Big thanks to all donors who have helped, government of Cambodia, the RULE, Our coaches (Zach and Shona), Local Law Firms ( Scaiirony law firm and a law firm from Australia). Big thanks to Margareth, the school representative.
Good News is that we got the hotel scholarship and the free dinner of 50th of anni. of jessup competition.
We believe in Marciles that we have been started from -1000 to 100 level. Without people who has donor, help with physically and spiritually we couldn't reach to stand in the international competition of jessup moot court.
Seminar and Performance
Of Cambodian Jessup Team To
‘Participating in the 2009
Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
On March 16, 2009
The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the world’s largest moot court competition is an advocacy competition for law students from around the world. Students from about 88 countries are expected to compete for this event. More about this competition, please visit http://www.ilsa.org/jessup/index.php, Cambodian Jessup Team, www.jessupcambodiateam.blogspot.com
We are the Cambodian Jessup Team of Royal University Law and Economics. The five of us -Kimsan Soy,Thirith Vireak, Sonita Khun, Nearirath Sreng, Panha Piseth- were selected to represent the university Royal University of Law and Economics (Rule) through a competition judged by people with the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, the international court set up to prosecute Khmer Rouge leaders for crimes committed between 1975 and 1979.
Now in its 50th year, the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the world's largest moot court competition, with participants from over 500 law schools in more than 80 countries. The competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations. A team from each participating school is required to prepare oral and written pleadings arguing both the applicant and respondent positions of the case.
Thousands of law students from around the world will work all year long on this season's Jessup Problem, which will address the power and authority of the International Court of Justice and other important international law issues. Most students must first compete in national and regional competitions (mostly held in January-March) to earn the right to advance to the world championship Shearman & Sterling International Rounds held every spring in
why? To experience of the world largest of international moot court
- To familiar with International court of Justice procedure
- To understand basic international law
When? – At Hale B at
Who are audiences?
- Legal professional, and Law students, students from various universities
- Friends, family, and anyone who is interested to know what the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is.
Team Representative: Nearirath Sreng