3 Years of Jessup Bangladesh
60th Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition 2019
The law students of Bangladesh are proving the efficiency of their legal skills again and again. They are consistently keeping their mark in the international arena with their knowledge of law and argumentation qualities, keeping pace with the outside world.
Even in the extracurricular activities such as mooting, the Bangladeshi law students are propelling as well, achieving newer heights.
Although mooting culture is yet to develop in our country, in the past few years Bangladesh has been able to clinch notable achievements in international moot court competitions. We are not even behind in organizing international competitions in our country.
For consecutive three years, Bangladesh has organized the national qualifying round of one of the biggest international moot court competition in the world. And now, we are the fifth largest national round of the prestigious Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.
'Moot Court' is an extracurricular activity for law students in which participants take part in a mock or hypothetical court usually involving drafting memorials or memoranda and participating in oral argument. It is also known as simply "moot" or "mooting".
The participants of oral arguments are referred to as "mooters" who accompanied and assisted by the researcher(s). Mooting is popularly used as a teaching mechanism in many law schools to equip law students aspiring to become a lawyer or judge with the necessary practical skill set.
The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition has been held every year since 1960, making it the largest moot court competition in the world. Over 680 law schools in 100 countries and jurisdictions participate in this competition that is known as the 'World Cup for Law Students'.
Bangladesh National Round 2017
In Bangladesh, the first-ever national round of Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Competition took place on 16-18 February 2017. It was the 58th year of Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition 2017 where Bangladesh represented for the very first time. Among 14 participating universities, Eastern University was the champion and the University of Dhaka became the runner-up. Both the teams later acquired 'Best New Team Award' in the international round.
Mr Justice Mirza Hussain Haider, Hon'ble judge of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh, Mr Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed, Hon'ble Judge of the High Court Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh were among the judges of the national round.
Bangladesh National Round 2018
The 2nd Bangladesh National Round, Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, 2018 was held at Independent University Bangladesh on 8-10 February, where 18 teams competed against each other and a total number of 25 teams participated.
The 59th edition of the Jessup Moot Court Competition marked the second time participation of Bangladesh. Mr Honorable Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed, Judge at the High Court Division, Supreme Court of Bangladesh; Mr Honorable Justice Zubayer Rahman Chowdhury, Judge at the High Court Division, Supreme Court of Bangladesh and Ms Amy Ray, Assistant United States Attorney and Appellate Chief, Western District, North Carolina, USA, were judges of the final round.
Eastern University emerged as the winner and the Runner-up team was BRAC University.
Bangladesh National Round 2019
The 3rd Bangladesh Qualifying Round 2019 was held at Independent University, Bangladesh from 21-23 February.
University of Dhaka emerged as the new champion of Jessup Bangladesh 2019, and Eastern University became the runner-up from the 31 participating universities.
The champion team from the University of Dhaka bagged both the Best Mooter and Best Memorial award in the competition.
On the other hand, BRAC University and Jagannath University were respectively awarded the Second Best Memorial and Third Best Memorial awards. North East University and Northern University were jointly recognized with the Spirit of the Jessup Award. Jahangirnagar University was announced the Best New Team. In the coming years, Bangladesh sure can expect a lot from the promising young generation of law students.
Prepared by Raihan Rahman Rafid, Sub-Editor at the Daily Observer