a real adventure is just to begin

i just want to be a real woman and now i'm travelling by my own. So Today all my team mates left me behind to San Fran. I'll fly to st. Louis alone and stay there a night. I'm very tired now wil write more later.


Cambodia participated Jessup 2009

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My mission is 99% over :)

IMG_1033.JPG, originally uploaded by Nearirath Sreng.

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.


First round, 245 Vs. ...[confidentail]

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...

First day of Intern'l Jessup MooT CourT

IMG_1015.JPG, originally uploaded by Nearirath Sreng.


Cambodian Jessup Team's article on PP post

Cambodia to compete in international court arena Print E-mail
Written by Eleanor Ainge Roy
Thursday, 19 March 2009

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.


2008 ILSA Spring Conference Schedule

This year, the Jessup Competition will celebrate its 50th Anniversary and to mark this momentous occasion, the ILSA Spring Conference will focus on the contributions of the Competition to international law. The conference is titled 50 Years of the Jessup: Reflections on the Past, Visions of the Future. Distinguished speakers will discuss international law issues raised in past Jessup problems, tracing the history of these issues from the time the problem was crafted to the present, with a focus on how the law will develop in the future. Discussion topics will include terrorism, post-conflict obligations of states, indigenous peoples’ rights, and international environmental law.

"50 Years of the Jessup: Reflections on the Past, Visions of the Future"

Thursday, March 26
8:30am - 9:00amRegistration and Continental Breakfast
9:00am - 10:30amThe Responsibility to Protect
This year's Jessup Problem focuses on the legal issues that arise when members of the international community, either collectively through the United Nations, or individually through unilateral action, intervene in the affairs of a state on humanitarian grounds. Among the many legal issues addressed in is the responsibility to protect, an emerging yet important international legal norm that requires the cooperation of states to solve crises that threaten the security and well-being of the world’s people. Speakers will discuss R2P and its possible application to ongoing humanitarian crises around the globe.
10:45am - 12:15pmMultinational Corporations in the International Sphere
The 2006 Jessup Problem explored the complicated relationship between states and private companies and the difficulty of subjecting private conduct to the constraints of international law. Multinational corporations have an increasing presence in the international sphere, thus raising a host of legal issues including: the concept of “multinational enterprise” under international law; state responsibility for private actors; issues of forced labor and worker’s rights; and the rights of indigenous communities to land and other resources, or compensation for the deprivation thereof. Panelists will explore these and related issues.
12:15pm –1:15pmLunch Break
1:30pm – 3:00pmPost-Conflict Obligations of States
Rape as war tactic and sexual slavery have been a part several major recent conflicts, including those in Yugoslavia, Rwanda, and now in Sudan and Congo. This panel will discuss the 2003 Jessup Problem which focused on violence against women during and after violent conflict. The panel will answer the following questions: What legal consequences exist for the use of systematic rape as a war tactic? After a conflict ends, if the winning party grants amnesty to the rapists, is that amnesty upheld under international law? What are the legal consequences when a country exploits vulnerable communities by engaging in human trafficking and sexual slavery? What responsibilities do states have to prevent, discourage, or punish systematic violence against women during and after violent conflict?
3:15pm – 4:30pmTerrorism and International Law
The 1996 Jessup Problem concerned the world-wide problem of terrorism. Among other acts of terrorism, 1996 witnessed a truck bombing in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 U.S. servicemen and wounded 300 others; a series of suicide bombings in Tel Aviv that derailed the Middle East peace process and led to a change of government in Israel; and in Peru terrorists seized the residence of the Japanese Ambassador, taking hundreds hostage. This panel will discuss how, both historically and recently, the international community has responded to terrorism though international and regional agreements, the UN system, and in customary law.
4:45pmILSA Congress
All ILSA Chapter members are asked to attend the ILSA Spring Congress, the bi-annual meeting of ILSA Chapters. At Spring Congress, ILSA members will hold elections for the 2009-2010 Student Officers, discuss the year's activities, and plan for the future of the organization.
9:30pmJessup Go-National Dress Ball
All Spring Conference attendees are invited to the Go National Dress Ball. Everyone is encouraged to come dressed in National costume or other creative attire. The Go National Ball will be held in the Ballroom at the Fairmont Hotel.
Friday, March 27
8:30am - 9:00amRegistration and Continental Breakfast
9:00am - 10:30amA Non-Nuclear Future?
It is estimated that in 1985, at the height of the Cold War, there were 65,000 nuclear weapons in the world. The international community was rightly worried about the increasing number of states developing or acquiring nuclear weapons, and turned to international law as a means of controlling nuclear threats. ILSA followed this pursuit, and the 1985 Jessup Problem raised a question that many others were asking: Is the threat or use of nuclear weapons in any circumstances permitted under international law?
Many historical and legal developments affected the path towards a non-nuclear future. The Cold War ended, international non-proliferation agreements were entered into, nuclear stockpiles decreased, and the ICJ issued an advisory opinion stating that the use of nuclear weapons would generally be contrary to the principles and rules of international humanitarian law. But no comprehensive or universal prohibition on the use of nuclear weapons exists in international law, and nuclear terrorism is now a concern of many states. This panel will approach issues of nuclear weapons and disarmament through a discussion of these historical developments and emerging concerns, focusing upon the history of nuclear arms control treaties, global non-proliferation regimes, efforts to reduce and marginalize nuclear weapons, and the per se illegality of nuclear weapons.
10:45am – 12:15pmTransnational Pollution and International Environmental Law
The focus of the 1975 Jessup Problem was transnational pollution. It is often said that pollution knows no national boundaries; and with the movement of pollutants from a source in one state so as to injure individuals and property in a neighboring state, the following international legal issue was raised: What is the responsibility of a state for activities (both public and private) in its territory which cause injury to the environment of its neighbor? Additionally, how should policy makers balance the desire for environmental protection with the need for economic growth?
The authors of the 1975 Jessup Problem stated that issues of transnational pollution were then “still in an embryonic stage.” The same cannot be said today. Worldwide concern for the environment is at an all-time high, and climate change is one of the most urgent issues facing world leaders. This panel will address current environmental law and policy with a focus on transnational pollution and efforts to balance economic growth and industrial development with the need for environmental protection and preservation.
12:30pm – 2:00pmPathways to Careers in International Law Luncheon
A distinguished panel of scholars and practitioners will share their experiences and explore employment opportunities in international law with students and young attorneys. During the panel, students will learn about international internship opportunities, how to network with legal experts from around the world, how to become active in international organizations and societies, and how to develop legal and interpersonal skills.
2:00pm – 3:30pmOuter Space Law: The Next Legal Frontier
Space law was a relatively new and fast-developing field of law when it was chosen as the topic for the 1980 Jessup Problem. The United Nations General Assembly had recently opened for signature the Agreement Governing the Activities of States on the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies and the world was still in the midst of the Cold War. The world has changed greatly since 1980, but the area of Space Law remains a novel and growing field. In the past year, Iran launched its first domestically made satellite and China completed its third manned space mission. As nations that are new to the field of space exploration vigorously develop their space programs, what international law will apply? This panel will discuss the development, current influence, and future of space law.
3:45pm – 5:00pmInternational Legal Problems Involved in the Exploitation of the Oceans
The 1973 and 1974 Jessup Problems concerned the law of the sea. At this time, many states were in conflict over the validity of extensions of jurisdiction over underwater resources; the Fisheries Jurisdiction case (Germany v. Iceland) was before the ICJ, and the North Sea Continental Shelf cases (Germany v. Denmark and Germany v. Netherlands) had been decided just three years earlier. While the 1982 Convention on the Law of the Sea addressed many of these issues, the law of the sea is once again moving to the forefront of international affairs, as legal contests arise over polar resources. Panelists will discuss the history of the law of the sea, issues of coastal state jurisdiction and the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea dispute settlement mechanisms.
6:00pm - 10:00pmJessup 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Ronald Regan Building and International Trade Center
The International Law Students Association and American Society of International Law will co-host a dinner celebration at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. to honor 50 years of the Jessup Competition. Current ICJ President, Rosalyn Higgins, and former ICJ President and co-creator of the Jessup Competition, Stephen M. Schwebel, will be featured guests. Students must purchase tickets to attend this attend. Tickets cost $125; ILSA students that are registered for the ILSA Spring Conference enjoy a reduced ticket fee.

our schedule of the competition


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)
Monday, March 23
  • 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
Tuesday, March 24
  • 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 mhampton@shearman.com by Tuesday, March 24.
Wednesday, March 25
  • 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.
Thursday, March 26

  • 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.
Friday, March 27
  • 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.
Sunday, March 29
  • 8:00am - 11:00am Distribution of Team Packets (Registration Desk, Ballroom Level) Teams can pick up their scoresheets and participation certificates during this time.

after having lunch with Cambodia Ambassidor in Washington D.C.

IMG_0928, originally uploaded by Nearirath Sreng.

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

Public Hearing on 26th March 2009

DSC03217, originally uploaded by Nearirath Sreng.

Before the hearing we were so nervous but things had turn to be okay after we did a pretty good job, but we still need more time to read and do more research on new questions from judge :s so thousand more things has to do.


a very close road to international Jessup Competition in Washington D.C.

I'm sorry being quiet a big while since i'm so struggling with preparation and the public performance today.

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.
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‘Participating in the 2009

Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

In Washington D.C., USA

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 Washington, D.C. The 2009 Shearman & Sterling International Rounds, which will mark the 50th Anniversary of the Jessup Competition, will be held March 22-28, 2009

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 Royal University of Law and Economics at 5.30pm to 8:00pm.

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

Phone: (855)12-455-368  

E-mail: nearirath.sreng@gmail.com