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29 January 2015
Jessup International Moot Competition

(Moot) Court is in Session: Philip C. Jessup International Moot Competition kicks off at UWC

Ever wondered what it’s like being in a real live courtroom? Well, you don’t have to commit a crime to find out (and we really hope you don’t): UWC’s legal eagles are showing you what it’s like on campus right now, as part of the South African leg of the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Competition.

The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations. Student teams prepare oral and written pleadings arguing both the applicant and respondent positions of the case - in this case, the legal battles between the Federal Republic of Agnostica and the State of Reverentia over the fate of East Agnostica (those aren’t real places, in case you were wondering).

Around the world, participation in the Jessup Competition is regarded as a great start for a career in law. It’s a unique opportunity for academically gifted and dedicated law students, providing them with the chance to hone their legal skills while being exposed to people from the local and international legal fraternity.

So why not come down to the Life Sciences building and watch Law students from six of south Africa’s top universities (including this one, of course) use all their legal skills to compete for the honour of representing South Africa in Washington, DC, later this year?

Jessup Moot Court: South African Round

Date: Thursday 29 (to Saturday 31 January 2015)

Time: 09:30 to 15:00

Venue: Life Sciences Building, UWC Main Campus, Bellville

The preliminary rounds of the SA Regionals will be held in the UWC  Life Sciences Building on 29 and 30 January, with the final round on 31 January at the UWC Senate building.. The SA universities competing are Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, UWC, and the Universities of Cape Town, Pretoria and Witwatersrand.The competition is sponsored by the White & Case law firm.

For more information, please contact Pieter Koornhof at or Monique Prinsloo at And for up-to-the-minute results and photos, follow the proceedings on and