On 16th to 18th February, a team of School of Law students took part in the UK National Rounds of the Philip C Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.

Despite a strong performance, the team unfortunately did not advance to the next round in Washington DC this year. Our team drew strong preliminary rounds against the University of Oxford and Gray’s Inn teams (ranked 1st and 8th, respectively), and excelled at rounds against the teams from Queen Mary University London and Durham University. We wish the best of luck to all four teams representing the UK at the International Rounds in Washington DC.

Overall, we ranked 10th in the competition and two of our pleaders were in the top 30 best individual oralists across the competition: Kate Docherty was 9th best and Justin Camilo Nichols was 16th best.

The team performed excellently across the competition, with our arguments and research largely mirrored in the final round teams’ pleadings on Sunday, and they expertly handled questioning from some very difficult judges – including the author of this year’s case, who was very impressed by our knowledge of the law.

Thanks go to the School of Law for providing funding and support for the competition, to the team’s coach Dr David Scott and his co-coach Evee Travers, and to GCILS colleagues who donated their time and expertise in judging their practice rounds.

We would like to extend our thanks to the judges who gave their time to engage in the practice rounds:

Alistair Sloan – Advocate, Optimum Advocates

Louise McErlean – Associate, Burness Paull

Diana Stoica – Trainee Solicitor, Burness Paull

Jacob Tomnay – Procurator Fiscal Depute, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service

Caitlin MacMillan – Solicitor, SSE

Ross McLelland – Associate, Dentons

Mainga Simoonga – LLM student in International Law & Security, University of Glasgow

James Devaney – Senior Lecturer in International Law, University of Glasgow

Joseph Crampin – Lecturer in International Law, University of Glasgow

Andrea Varga – Lecturer in International Law, University of Glasgow

Daniel Bittner – Former Jessup participant for the University of Glasgow 2022–23

Denise Mühlemann – Former Jessup participant for the University of Glasgow 2022–23

Michael Wynne – Former Jessup participant for the University of Glasgow 2022–23

Most of all, a big thank you to this year’s team – Kate Docherty (Diploma in Professional Legal Practice), Justin Nichols (LLB Common Law), Leyna Reid (LLB Scots Law), Julia Strindoe (LLM in International Law & Security), and Amrit Tamber (LLB Common Law) – who represented the University excellently and should be proud of their stellar performance!