The Harvard Law School Jessup International Law Moot Court team recently won the northeast regional round of the Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, finishing first among 12 law schools. The team won all six of its moots, captured the award for best written memorial, and one of its team members, Jin-long Pao, was named among the best oralists at the competition. This year marks the fourth consecutive year that a team from the Law School has won the Jessup regional competition. This year ‘s team consisted of William Burke-White, David Mascari , Jin-long Pao, Natalie Reid, and Benjamin Wilkinson.

“In order for public international law to be honored in practice and not in breach, it is necessary for our leaders to study and understand its meaning, and in this end, the Jessup is an exciting introduction to the subject,” said Jin-long Pao.

The team will represent the Northeast Region in the International Rounds to be held in Washington from March 10-16, 2002. Teams from more than 60 nations and regions across the globe will be vying for the championship.

Widely recognized as the most prestigious international law moot court competition in the world, the Jessup was co-founded by Harvard Law School in 1959. Focusing on issues of public international law, this year ‘s problem contains issues relating to extraterritorial application of Internet legislation, state responsibility for terrorism, and international human rights law. Past problems have involved topical issues such as international environmental law, bio-medical laws, and intellectual property.