This weekend, McGill's Jessup Moot Team, composed of
Angus MacLean Rennie, Lee
Rovinescu, Sandrina Antohi and
Arezou Farivar (pictured on left with Justice
Binnie), took third place at the national qualifying
tournament of the 2009 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot
Court Competition. The competition was hosted by Western University
on March 4-7, 2009.
In a simulated International Court of Justice hearing, McGill Law
students Arezou Farivar and Angus MacLean Rennie represented the
Applicants, while Lee Rovinescu and Sandrina Antohi acted for the
Respondents in "the case between the Republic of Alicanto and the
Commonwealth of Ravisia concerning “Operation Provide
This year's moot problem covered a wide range of contemporary
international legal issues, including humanitarian intervention,
the responsibility of states for national contingents serving in UN
peacekeeping operations and the power and authority of the
International Court of Justice.
Both sides pleaded three times in preliminary rounds against
students from 14 other Canadian Law Faculties. Entering the
championship round with a third ranking and with a score of 5-1,
McGill defeated its opponents in a final match and secured one of
three Canadian invitations to participate in the international
Jessup rounds in Washington D.C. from March 22-28th.
This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Jessup International
Competition, with participants from over 500 law schools in more
than 80 countries competing. It is the first time McGill has been
invited to participate in the International Competition since
Special thanks go to Coach Cara Cameron of Davies Ward Phillips
& Vineberg LLP for her tremendous support and assistance and to
Faculty advisor Mark Antaki.