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Students from Al-Biruni University Named National Champions

March 8, 2010

“The rule of law is the very backbone of society.  You have chosen a career that requires strength and fortitude, many years of hard work and absolute integrity.” 

-- Ambassador Anthony Wayne

Ambassador Wayne Announces the Winners of the Afghan National Rounds of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

Ambassador Anthony Wayne attended the awards ceremony of the first Afghanistan national rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition held at Kabul University.  Law students from Al-Biruni University were named the Afghanistan National Champion after the final arguments were presented on Monday morning. 

 The Al-Biruni team will travel to the United States to compete in international rounds of the world’s largest moot court competition, with thousands of participants from over 500 law schools in more than 80 countries.  The competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations.

For the competition, teams prepared oral and written pleadings arguing both sides of this season’s Jessup Problem:  The right to self-determination and the lawfulness of measures taken to protect the economic resources of a country.  Yalda Afif from Kabul University was named the top oralist, and  Parwiz Esmati took second place. 

The three-day final competition was held March 6 - March 8 and consisted of six preliminary rounds in which each of the teams argued twice. This competition was funded by the US government and organized by the University of Washington at Seattle.