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Jessup 2014 White & Case International Rounds

White & Case hosted a spectacular International Rounds in its fifth year as ILSA’s Global Partner. In addition to supporting many Qualifying Com- petitions around the world, White & Case staff and attorneys volunteered as judges and at- tended numerous International Rounds events hosted by the firm.

The perennial favorite, the Go National Dress Ball on Thursday night, was again a huge hit this year. As a special tribute to the 2014 Compromis, Canadian coach and Friend of the Jessup Rob Currie performed his rendition of “Baldric’s Priva- teers” an adaptation of a Canadian folk song. If you missed the many versions of Oscar de Luz, Captain Haddock, Baldric Verdigris, or any of the other creative and traditional costumes from this year, pictures are available online. The White & Case Judges Reception Monday night and Com- petitor’s Reception Friday night both brought to- gether members of the Jessup community to relax, socialize, and make lifelong friendships.

The International Bar Association (IBA) contin- ued its support of ILSA in its fourth year as a global partner. The IBA again sponsored the Spir- it of the Jessup award. This award is presented to the team that, as voted by the other teams, best exemplifies the Jessup spirit of camarade- rie, academic excellence, competitiveness, and appreciation of fellow competitors. After the World Championship Round, the Spirit of the Jessup Award was presented to the Royal Insti- tute of Law team from Bhutan. They were rec- ognized by their peers with a standing ovation, received a banner decorated and signed by the other teams, and a $1000 scholarship from the IBA. Congratulations to the team members and I hope they all return again next year to compete or to help further develop Jessup in Bhutan.

Prior to the Championship Round, ILSA invited everyone to meet Guy des Rosiers, who was revealed as the distinguished 2014 Jessup Com-

promis author at a lunch question and answer session. Guy was joined by ILSA board member and member of the 2014 Editorial Committee Steven Schneebaum. Together they answered competitors’ questions about the legal issues, real-world inspirations, and process of develop- ing the Case Concerning the Malachi Gap. That evening, the competition closed with the Final Gala and Announcement of Awards presented by the IBA. In addition to the memorial and oral- ist awards presented by ILSA, the IBA raffled off iPads and IBA memberships. The complete re- sults and listing of awards can be found in ILSA’s website in the Jessup Archives.

The preliminary rounds of competition leading up to the World Championship Round resulted in several impressive team accomplishments. The University of Benin emerged as the high- est placed team from Africa at 38th place with a 3-1 record. The University at Buffalo advanced to the Octo-Finals in its first trip to the International Rounds in over a decade. Columbia Law School advanced to the Semi-Finals and, for the sixth year in a row, was the United States National Champion. The Panamanian team achieved a 3-1 record and its highest finish ever at 42nd place. These are just a few of the many outstanding ac- complishments this year. Seventeen of the top 32 teams were undefeated and on average the top 32 teams scored over 3,100 raw points. The top 32 teams this year were one of the most diverse groups in history with 22 different juris- dictions represented.

White & Case Jessup World Championship Round

After advancing through eight matches over the course of the Preliminary and Advanced Rounds, only Singapore Management University and the University of Queensland remained to compete for the Jessup World Championship. Singapore Management University was the 2013 Runner- Up and this was its second consecutive appear-

ILSA Quarterly » volume 22 » issue 4 » May 2014


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