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Jessup 2014


ance in the World Championship which is a great accomplishment for a school that has only com- peted for four years. The University of Queen- sland previously appeared in the Championship in 2005 where it won the Jessup Cup. The Final Round bench was comprised of three luminaries of International law. We had the honor to wel- come Judges Julia Sebutinde and Dalveer Bhan- dari from the International Court of Justice and Professor M. Cherif Bassiouni from DePaul Uni- versity College of Law. Professor Bassiouni last judged the Championship in 2004 and Judge Sebutinde judged in 2013.


After an impressive Championship Round, the judges remarked on the top-tier quality of both teams’ presentations. They explained the criteria they used to assess the teams and gave every- one some recommendations on how to craft le- gal positions and present oral arguments.


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In the end, there can be only one victor and Judge Sebutinde declared the Applicant, the University of Queensland, the 2014 World Champion. Em- ily Chalk of the University of Queensland was named the best oralist in the Championship Round and received the Stephen M. Schwebel Award for her outstanding performance. 2014 Jessup International Rounds results, including individual oralist and memorial awards, are avail- able on ILSA’s website and in this issue of the ILSA Quarterly.


Jessup Awards


While the Championship round judges deliberat- ed, Judge Steven Schwebel, former President of the ICJ and co-founder of the Jessup, presented a keynote address, remarking on his career path in international law and the development of the Jessup Competition. Next, ILSA’s Executive Di- rector Lesley Benn presented awards to volun- teers without whom the Competition could not run. The Pam Young Award for Outstanding Vol- unteer Service is named for Pamela M. Young,


who passed away on March 2, 2013. Pam dedi- cated over 20 years of service to ILSA. In her memory, the Pam Young Award is given to those volunteers who make the Executive Director’s otherwise seemingly impossible task, manage- able. Elizabeth Black received the award for going above and beyond the call of duty in her endless work of coordinating White & Case’s global involvement in Jessup and her continued volunteer presence in the International Rounds judges room.


The Steven M. Schneebaum Award recognizes outstanding Qualifying Round Administrators. This year three individuals were recognized. Da- vid Quayat received the award for restructuring the Canadian Qualifying Rounds and running the best Canadian Competition in years. Tim Ste- phens received the award for his excellent work maintaining and improving the Australian Com- petition. Deborah Skorupski received the award for her successful administration of both the Brazilian and Argentinian Competitions.


A fourth Schneebaum Award was presented to Alejandro Turyn. ILSA had intended to recog- nize Alejandro at the 2013 Competition. Sadly, Alejandro passed away shortly before the 2013 International Rounds after a long battle with can- cer. He received the award for his long-time ded- ication to Jessup and his tireless efforts to build the Competition in Argentina. His award was accepted by his close friend and fellow Friend of the Jessup Luciana Ricart while his wife and family watched from Argentina on a live web- cast.


ILSA would not be able to provide the amazing experience students receive if not for the contin- ued support of White & Case, the IBA, and all the other sponsors and volunteers who contribute to the Jessup Competition. Those specifically honored with awards are only a few of the hun- dreds of people who devote their time and en- ergy to the Jessup every year. Many thanks are


ILSA Quarterly » volume 22 » issue 4 » May 2014


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