McGill Jessup team selected for finals in Washington


Law students Mary Race, Kabir Jamal, Bryana Jensen and Alexandra Dodger (pictured on left) took silver at the Canadian National Division Qualifying Tournament of the 2010 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition last weekend. This year's edition was hosted by Osgoode Hall in Ontario.

In addition to placing 2nd overall, the team also received a 5th place award for its written submissions, and team member Mary Race won the award for "Best Oralist in Final Competition, Round B."

This year's moot problem included issues of state sovereignty, the right to self-determination, and foreign investment treaty disputes.

The McGill team will be among the two teams selected among 16 law faculties to represent Canada at the prestigious Jessup world finals in Washington, DC, on March 21-27. The Jessup International Competition usually attracts participants from over 500 law schools in more than 80 countries.

Professor Payam Akhavan, who was coaching the team, said, "The competition was fierce and McGill beat some very strong teams. Our team members worked very hard over the past few months, withstood tremendous pressure during the final round, and we can all be proud of their achievement."

The Faculty extends its gratitude to Cara Cameron of Davies, Ward, Philipps, and Vineberg, for her excellent coaching and exceptional commitment to the team.