IU McKinney International Moot Court Teams Show Promise


IU McKinney School of Law has two internationally focused moot court teams, and both have hopes of expanding on their successes.

Jessup Moot Court TeamThe Jessup Moot Court team finished in the top eight among 22 teams at regional competition in Chicago during the weekend of February 2 and 3, 2013. In the run up to the competition, the team faced a set of circumstances that would have knocked a lesser team out of making the trip to the competition in the first place, team members said.

One team member had to bow out at the last minute due to the flu, meaning the team that argued at competition was made up of only three members – the only three-member team in the competition. Despite the obstacles, they beat law school teams from the University of Michigan, Northwestern, Notre Dame, and IU Maurer. This year’s team is made up of 1L Paul Babcock, 2L Devin Hillsdon-Smith, 2L Keenan Wilson, and 2L Amanda Miller.

The Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the world's largest moot court competition, with participants from over 550 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.

Vis Moot Court Team 2013IU McKinney has its first team for the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Competition, which will be held in Vienna, Austria, March 21-28, 2013. Team members are Hillsdon-Smith, 3L Mary Ladd, 3L Sam Kerkhoff, and 3L Mike Blackwell.

The goals of the Vis competition are to foster the study of international commercial and arbitration laws and encourage the resolution of business disputes by arbitration. The problem for the competition is always based on an international sales transaction subjected to the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods.

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