The American University of Phnom Penh is very honored to have five of our outstanding law students competing in Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court, the world’s largest moot court competition. AUPP’s Jessup Team consists of PEN Linna (Captain), LENG Malen (Competitor), KRY Pichpanharaksmey (Competitor), IN Bunheng (Competitor), and KOUCH Oudomvichea (Competitor).
Dr. Sothie Keo, Adjunct AUPP Law Professor, will be coaching and supporting our students to meet all of the criteria from oral to written pleadings to address timely issues of public international law in the context of a hypothetical legal dispute between nations. “Our students who are competing in Jessup receive valuable experience. These students in a period of about nine months undergo the rigors of legal representation for States under international law. They master old international law cases and argue new legal principles. They conduct extensive legal research into history and international law, and they learn to draft and express their arguments in a professional, clear, and concise manner. Once the writing stage is completed, they must learn the art of oral advocacy. The students learn to quickly think on their feet, correctly cite authorities, and eloquently and properly address the Court, while maintaining composure and confidence. In addition to receiving all of this fantastic legal experience, I know that law firms and government institutions in Cambodia look fondly upon the Jessup experience”, said Dr. Sothie. He also added, “It has been wonderful to be able to mentor these excellent law students and be part of their growth and journey.”
“The Jessup will undoubtedly provide you with skills necessary to become a great lawyer, but it is the Jessup’s teaching of reason, civility, empathy, compromise and respect for others which will make up a better person and the world a better place”, said Mark Luz, the Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Law Students Association.
Jessup is the world’s largest moot court competition, with participants from roughly 700 law schools in 100 countries and jurisdictions. The Jessup Competition is judged by an elite corps of volunteer attorneys. The competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations.