CSL team success at international arena

21 February 2020

Caucasus University School of Law team succeeded in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Championship and will compete in the International Rounds in Washington DC in the spring of 2020.


For the first time this year Caucasus University, after a long break, competed in national rounds with Tbilisi State University, Free University and Georgian Institute of Public Affairs. Caucasus School of Law was granted exclusive status to participate in the international rounds, where it will compete with exhibition teams. In the exhibition teams’ competition the winner will be announced and rankings will be published. Members of the Caucasus team will also attend competition pleadings where they will serve as bailiffs (judges' assistants) and will receive valuable experience throughout the competition.


Participation of the Caucasus University’s team in the international rounds in Washington DC was decided by the Executive Director of the International Law Students Association (ILSA) – Ms. Lesley Benn, in accordance with the recommendation of Jessup Georgia, due to the team's overall performance at the national rounds.


The Caucasus team is composed of students pursuing the Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree: Elizavet Dzotsenidze (LL.B), Lazare Napetvaridze (LL.B), Rusudan Shashikadze (LL.M) and Elene Kakhniashvili (LL.B; MBA). The team is coached by - Tinatin Oboladze. The Team’s participation in the competition and its organizational support is provided and ensured by the Dean of the Caucasus School of Law - Sophio Shengelia.


The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is being held 61th time and provides the largest and most prestigious moot court competition in public international law, the moot court simulates the International Court of Justice. Students from over 700 law schools in more than 100 countries around the world take part in the competition. The competition is organized by the ILSA and the largest law firm in the world - White & Case LLP.


The competition consists of national and international rounds, as part of the national qualification stage each university is represented by a team which prepares written and oral pleadings. The Winning team travels to Washington DC to represent the country at the international rounds.


The 2019-2020 Jessup problem addresses issues such as: succession of states, compliance of fully autonomous weapons with international law, forum conflict and responsibility of heads of a State. These issues are contemporary problems of international law, where the practice and legal framework of states are being developed.