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By FutureLaw Desk

Department of Law, Easter University clinched the championship title of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Competition, 2018 by beating School of Law, BRAC University in a nail-biting final. Both the teams qualified for the global rounds, scheduled to be held in Washington D.C. between 1st and 7th April 2018.

Eastern University: the champion of Jessup 2018 (Bangladesh rounds)

The competition was hosted by the Department of Law at the Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB), in collaboration with the Asian Society of International Law and International Law Students Association (ILSA) from February 8-10, 2018 at IUB campus in Bashundhara, Dhaka. This being the second year of Jessup in Bangladesh, 19 universities from all around Bangladesh participated in the competition.

BRAC University: Runners-up team of Jessup 2018 (Bangladesh round)

The final round of the competition was adjudicated by Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed,  Justice Zubayer Rahman Chowdhury, Hon’ble Judges, High Court Division, Supreme Court of Bangladesh and Ms. Amy Ray, Assistant United States Attorney and the Appellate Chief in the Western District of North Carolina, USA.

After three days intense deliberation on a challenging issue of international dispute resolution, Eastern University reigned supreme and BRAC University became the runners-up. Romana Afroze from the University of Dhaka won the Best Mooter award, while Notre Dame University Bangladesh bagged the Best Memorial prize. The University of Asia Pacific won the Best New Team award and the teams from Britannia University and Green University jointly won the Spirit of the Moot award.

The closing ceremony was graced by Prof M Omar Rahman, Vice Chancellor of the Independent University of Bangladesh who was present as the chief guest. The judges of the final round were also present as the special guests. Prof. Dr. Borhan Uddin Khan, President of the Asian Society of International Law, Bangladesh chapter and the Adviser, Department of Law, IUB chaired the session.

Among other distinguished guests, Prof Milan Pagon, Pro Vice-Chancellor of IUB; Dr. Mahbub Alam, Dean, School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, IUB and Prof Nazmuzzaman Bhuian, Vice President, Bangladesh Chapter of the Asian Society of International Law also spoke on the occasion.

The Philip C Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, often hailed as the most prestigious moot competition of the world, is the oldest and largest international moot competition which attracts participants from almost 700 law schools in more than 100 countries in recent years. Bangladesh began its jessup journey  Jessup since last year, where the teams representing Bangladesh successfully won the Best New Team award at the global rounds held at Washington D.C.