For the 7th time in the last 12 years, the uOttawa Common Law team will represent Canada at the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. The 2018 National Champions team consisted of uOttawa Common Law students Maggie MacDonald (2L), Emily McMurtry (3L), Aaron King (3L) and Patrick Therrien (3L). It was coached by Jon Khan (JD 2013), Jolene Hansell (3L) and Professor Anthony Daimsis.
The Jessup competition is the largest moot court competition in the world. It provides law students with a unique opportunity to prepare written and oral arguments on complex issues of international law involving hypothetical cases before the International Court of Justice. The Canadian Division has been hosted by one of the Canadian law schools in the winter every year since 1973. The 2018 Jessup Compromis addresses the validity of interstate arbitration awards, the capture of a marine vessel, breaches of nuclear disarmament obligations, and the conduct of naval warfare. The Canadian championships were hosted by the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton the weekend of February 23-25, 2018.
The Common Law team was undefeated in the competition, winning each of six preliminary round moots to stand first in the rankings. In the finals, Common Law faced off against our sister faculty uOttawa Civil Law in the finals, defeating our Fauteux rivals to be crowned national champions. Team members and coaches have been training and preparing for the moot since school began in September.
Led by Professor Anthony Daimsis, the Director of Common Law’s mooting program, the University of Ottawa has achieved incredible success in mooting over the past decade. In addition to winning Jessup nationals seven times, Common Law has won the world championships in the William C. Vis Commercial Arbitration Moot (2017, 2015, 2011), the Oxford Intellectual Property Moot (2015, 2013), the Charles Rousseau Moot (2014), Clara Barton International Humanitarian Law Competition (2015), Foreign Direct Investment Law moot (2012). In addition, Common Law teams have won the national championships of the Sopinka Cup in Criminal Law (2014), the Walsh Family Law Negotiation Competition (2015) and the Harold G. Fox Intellectual Property Moot (2016, 2015, 2014).