Press Release, Faculty of Law, University of Malaya. 27th February 2020.
A team of five students from the University of Malaya (UM) Faculty of Law was recently crowned Champion of the 61st Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition (Malaysian National Rounds) 2020. They now qualify to the competition's International Rounds as Malaysia’s sole representative in Washington, D.C., the United States of America. This is the second consecutive year that Team UM emerged victorious as Champion of the Malaysian National Rounds, which was held on 14-16 February 2020 at the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM).
The team consisted of law undergraduate students Caysseny Boonsiri, Esther Hong, Jessica Lim, Makaela Fehlhaber, Nurul Zafirah. The team was led by full-time coach, Mr Raphael Kok. They won all 4 of their matches in the Preliminary Rounds. In the Final Round, they prevailed over the team from IIUM by unanimous vote by all five judges.
Aside from being crowned Champion, Team UM also bagged the Adrian W. Delamore Shield for Best Overall Memorial Award. Makaela Fehlhaber was awarded as the Best Oralist in the Final Round. “Defending the title is always more difficult than winning the first time round because all the other teams view us as the main threat,” said Raphael, “Hence, we needed to scale up our performance to an even higher level this year.”
The team is extremely honoured to be granted the opportunity to represent not only the Faculty of Law, University of Malaya, but also Malaysia at the International Rounds. The team extends its greatest gratitude to the Dean of the Faculty, Dato' Johan Shamsuddin bin Haji Sabaruddin, all lecturers and members of the alumni for their continuous support and assistance to the team.
Often dubbed as the Olympics of mooting competitions, the Philip C. Jessup is one of the world's oldest and most prestigious moot court competitions. Projecting a fictional dispute before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the judicial arm of the United Nations, teams this year contest on issues surrounding treaty succession, fully autonomous weapons systems, government ministers accused of war crimes, and the potentially conflicting jurisdiction of the ICJ and the World Trade Organisation. The International Rounds of the competition will take place in Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. this 12th-19th April 2020.