The University of Sheffield took part in the National Rounds of the 2020 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, which were held on 14-16 February at Lincoln’s Inn, London.
The Sheffield team comprised final-year law students Isabell Becker-Ebert, Junior Klutse, Lara Ibrahim, Mayo Oremakinde, and was coached by Daniel Franchini. The students faced teams from some of the best universities in the UK, including King’s College London (the winner of the competition), the LSE, Queen Mary University, and Bristol. Even though it was only the second year that Sheffield took part in this prestigious competition, the team offered a remarkable performance, as testified by the consistently high marks received from the judges (always in the 70s and 80s). The students also had an opportunity to meet partners and associates from various firms, including White and Case and Freshfields, and barristers from 39 Essex Chambers.
The quality of the National Rounds was particularly strong this year. Unfortunately, our team did not qualify to the advanced rounds. However, the result was a very close one and multiple judges congratulated our students personally.
This excellent result would not have been possible without the fantastic support received by the many members of staff and students who volunteered their time to judge the practice rounds over the past two weeks. Special thanks are due to: Erika Hennequet, Luiza Pereira, Russell Buchan, Nicholas Tsagourias, Alex Donaldson, Andrea Moen, Fiona Davies, Gillian Hutchens, Jenny Seymour, Richard Kirkham, Penny Russell, Gareth Bramley, and Katie Steiner.