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Siracusa, March 12th, 2009

Dear Ms. Sreng,

We are pleased to inform you that you have been selected as a participant in the 9th Specialization Course in International Criminal Law for Young Penalists, The Legal Status and Responsibilities of Nonstate Actors Under International Humanitarian Law, International Criminal Law and International Human Rights Law, which will take place in Siracusa, from May 24th to June 3rd, 2009. We are also glad to confirm that your request for a scholarship was accepted.

You will be accompanied by 80 highly qualified participants from more than 30 different countries, most of whom are working on advanced legal degrees and many pursuing or intending to pursue an academic career.

At the completion of the course, participants will receive a certificate and become eligible for receiving academic credits, according to their respective University’s regulations regarding equivalency credits granted by the University of Palermo.

Due the unexpected number of applications received, you are kindly requested to confirm your participation as soon as possible and to ensure your place in the program by paying the application fees (€ 100,00*) by bank transfer to the Institute’s account (see details below). As proof of the payment, we kindly ask you to fax or e-mail us your deposit slip no later than April 10th. We would be grateful if you would also notify us if you decide not to take part in the course, so as to facilitate the placement of applicants in the waiting list for attendance in the course.

Bank details:
To: Ist. Sup. Int.le di Scienze Criminali
Bank: Banco di Sicilia, Via S. Sebastiano, 96100 Siracusa
IBAN: IT 06K 01020 17160 000 3 00000607
Swift code: BSICITR1376
Remittance Information: ICL 2009 – Application Fees (SURNAME)

After receiving your confirmation of payment, we will send you more detailed information concerning the moot court competition and the logistics on transportation from Catania Airport to Siracusa. Please note that the Institute will provide the free transfer service on arrival and departure days only (May 24th and June 3rd).

* Please note that extra transaction costs are fully at your charge.

All participants will share a double room with another colleague at the Hotel Panorama, Viale Necropoli Grotticelle n. 33, tel. +39 (0)931 412188. Please, do not contact the hotel directly. ISISC will make arrangements for your stay. For any special needs, please feel free to contact us and we will in turn make arrangements with the hotel directly.

Please check in due time with the Italian Embassy regarding applying for a visa. In case you need the invitation letter required by the Embassy for the visa, we kindly ask you to provide us further details:
1. full name;
2. passport number, date and place of issue;
3. full address and contact details of the Visa Office (email and fax).

The invitation letter will be ready and sent both per fax and email within two working days.
Lastly, we would like to remind you that the AIDP membership is a precondition for course attendance. Membership information can be found on the AIDP website, www.penal.org, or by contacting Ms. Luciana Boiteux, President of the Young Penalists at lucianaboiteux@yahoo.com.

We look forward to seeing you in Siracusa, and to what I hope will be a memorable experience.

Sincerely yours,
Prof. M. Cherif Bassiouni
ISISC President

2009 Jessup International Moot Court Competition

Permalink 29 March 09    Inside Justice™   Renee Dopplick    Tags: United Nations, Professional, Students     Last updated: 03 April 09
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International Championship Rounds

Date: 22-28 March 2009
Location: Fairmont Hotel, Washington, D.C., USA
Sponsored by: International Law Students Association (ILSA) and Shearman & Sterling
Competitors: 104 teams from more than 80 countries (additional 9 exhibition teams and 4 observing groups)
Compromis: The Republic of Alicanto v. The Commonwealth of Ravisia - the case concerning "Operation Provide Shelter"
Championship Trophy: 50th Annual Jessup/Shearman & Sterling World Champion Trophy

2009 Jessup Champion: Universidad de los Andes, Colombia
with the team from the Royal University of Law and Economics, Cambodia
See more photos of Universidad de los Andes team.
This year's special celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition concluded with a special Gala and International Rounds in Washington, D.C. The competition simulates a case before the International Court of Justice (ICJ and also referred to as the "World Court") in The Hague, the Netherlands. This year, 2000+ students at 560+ law schools spent the academic year researching and preparing memorials and oral arguments for the applicant Alicanto and respondent Ravisia in the case concerning "Operation Provide Shelter." The Compromis dealt with humanitarian intervention, R2P, use of force, accountability of peacekeepers/troops, human rights, due process, and the death penalty.

I served as a judge of memorials and oral arguments in the International Rounds in Washington, D.C.

And the 2009 Jessup results . . .

The Universidad de los Andes from Colombia, representing Alicanto, won the 2009 Jessup World Champion Trophy.

The University College London from the United Kingdom, representing Ravisia, won World Championship Runner-up.

Brief Overview on the Compromis

This year's Compromis on "Operation Provide Shelter," written by Judge Stephen M. Schwebel (former President of the ICJ), raised challenging political, legal, and moral issues reflective of real-world controversies and on the forefront of contemporary legal discourse. Judge Schwebel intentionally divided the issues such that both the Applicant and the Respondent had strong and weak legal positions. As a result, agents confronted sub-arguments supported by international law but not specific facts, by facts but not necessarily the law, and by controverted emergent legal doctrines. This distribution forced all agents to prioritize which legal arguments would be strongest for their positions, to be creative on legally weak points, and to determine which red herrings and inconsequential points should be largely ignored.

The four legal issues included: (1) the lawfulness of Ravisian military action in Alicanto under international law, (2) whether the Court should call upon Ravisia to produce intelligence related to evidence of ethnic cleansing or, alternately, declare the UN Secretary General should hand over the information to Alicanto, (3) whether radio broadcasts and alleged sexual conduct by off-duty Ravisian troops violated international law and warranted reparations for harm to the "social fabric" of Alicanto, and (4) whether Ravisia must hand over fugitive Piccardo Dontai, who was tried in absentia by Alicanto and sentenced to death.

Spotlight on 2009 Jessup Teams

Cambodia, Royal University of Law and Economics - 5 members. Nearirath Sreng, Sonita Khun, Kimsan Soy, Panha Piseth, and Thirith Vireak. It was the first time for Cambodia to send a team. Their last match was against Columbia University from the United States. Their motto simply stated on their business cards: "We believe in Miracles!" Irath said that Jessup taught her how to lead a team. The rest of the team expressed how much they appreciated the opportunity to come to the United States to compete in the Jessup. They received support and training from the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia and several past Jessup competitors. Then, when it seemed as if they would not be able to afford the trip, they received last-minute funding from their Prime Minister Hun Sen. Once again proving that hard work can transform dreams into reality.

Hong Kong, China, Chinese University of Hong Kong - 5 members. Peter Chang, Charmine Cheung, Chester Hui, Simone Hui and Spencer Wong. All CUHK team were all PCLL and J.D. students. The team was coached by Professor Michael Ramsden, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Law, CUHK. The CUHK team narrowly defeated University of Hong Kong (HKU) at the national rounds with a nerve-wrecking tie-breaker based on raw scores. Chester Hui took Best Oralist at nationals. When I asked if they had any reflections on their experience, one of the oralists replied, "I am speechless!", to much laughter.

Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University - 5 members. Timothy John R. Batan (team captain), Jill Julie V. Genio, Maria Tara A. Mercado, Jose Victorniño ("JV) L. Salud, and Ramon Miguel C. Samson. They are assisted by attorneys Silvia Jo G. Sabio, Aris L. Gulapa, Cecille L. Mejia, and Domnina T. Rances and by team administrators Claudine Esther F. Lim and Marck Joseph A. Macaraeg. Their advisor, Nina, came with them to Washington, D.C. This marks the 5th year that Team Ateneo has advanced to the International Rounds.