The 2019 uOttawa Common Law team finished as the Runner-Up National Canadian Champions at the Philip C. Jessup Moot. Team members include Mitchell Dorbyk (2L), Peter Knowlton (2L), Maggie MacDonald (3L), and Benjamin Rabinovitch (2L), coached by Professor Anthony Daimsis and Jolene Hansell (JD 2018).
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 team faced Dalhousie, University of Toronto, University of BC, Western Alberta, Droit Civil (Ottawa), and finally met Calgary in the finals. In addition to being named the Runner-Up, the team took home awards for Top 10 Speaker (awarded to both Mitchell Dorbyk and Maggie MacDonald); 3rd place Applicant memorial; and the 3rd place combined Applicant and Respondent memorial scores
“Our students faced stiff competition on the road to its final round that allowed our team to represent Canada at the International rounds in Washington, D.C.,” said Professor and Coach Anthony Daimsis.
“I’ve coached our team for over 10 years and I can say with all sincerity that our legal profession is in great hands. Every team we faced was made up of bright students who would make Canadians throughout our country very proud representing Canada in any international competition.”
The team will go on to compete in the Jessup International Rounds in Washington, D.C. from April 1 to 7, 2019.