MGIMO Team Becomes Vice-Champion of Russian Jessup Competition

MGIMO Team Becomes Vice-Champion of Russian Jessup Competition

8 February 2018

February 4th, a team of MGIMO students took part in the finals of the national stage of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Competition, which unfolded as has become a tradition at MGIMO University.

This year’s final was one of the most interesting and challenging in the history of Russian rounds. The event was kicked off by MGIMO’s Vice-Rector for General Affairs, Artem Malgin, and the Adviser at the Australian Embassy in Russia Damien Bruckard, who warmly greeted the contestants and the guests. During the final round, students from MGIMO and Kutafin Moscow State Law University defended the positions of fictional states on contemporary issues of nuclear disarmament and international arbitration.

The students’ performance during the two-hour round was assessed by three judges: William W. Burke-White (Professor at the University of Pennsylvania), Anastasia Kushleyko (Regional Legal Advisor for the Promotion and Implementation of International Humanitarian Law in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, International Committee of the Red Cross) and Geir Ulfstein (Professor at the University of Oslo), who after a long deliberation awarded the title of national champion to the team from Kutafin Moscow State Law University.

MGIMO student Anastasia Sheyndlina was selected as the best speaker of the round by the jury. As has been the case for the last ten years without exception, the MGIMO team has been invited to participate in the international stage of the contest, which will unfold in Washington on April 1st-7th.

The «Jessup» is the world’s largest competition for law students which each year involves more than 2000 students from 700 law schools and 90 countries. Russian universities have been participating in the championship since 2002.

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