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UP Law Secures Philippines’ Third Gold at World’s Largest Moot Court Tournament

UP Law at Jessup competition

In a momentous victory, the University of the Philippines (UP) Law, represented by its Debate and Moot Union, clinched the gold medal in the championship round of the 2024 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. This prestigious win marks the Philippines’ third gold in the history of the tournament.

Unprecedented Competition

UP Law at Jessup competition

The 2024 Jessup World Cup, known as the White and Case International Rounds, saw a record-breaking participation of 674 teams from 100 jurisdictions worldwide. The competition spanned eight days from March 30 to April 6. It showcased the pinnacle of legal talent on an international stage.

UP Law’s winning team, consisting of Ignacio Villareal, Chinzen Viernes, Pauline de Leon, Regina Dadole, and Pauline Sagayo, demonstrated exceptional skill and expertise. Under the guidance of Prof. Marianne Vitug and Prof. Rommel Casis, the team showcased remarkable legal acumen. They demonstrated strong advocacy throughout the tournament.

In the championship round, UP Law debated against Argentina’s Universidad Torcuato Di Tella on a case concerning the ‘Sterren Forty’. Ignacio Villareal, hailed as the competition’s ‘Best Oralist’, delivered a stellar performance, leading UP Law to victory.

The final round was adjudicated by esteemed judges in the field of international law, including María Teresa Infante Caffi, Sundaresh Menon, and Ganna Yudkivska. Their expertise and discernment added to the significance of UP Law’s triumph.

This victory mirrors UP Law’s historic win in 1995, solidifying its legacy in the Jessup competition. Notably, UP Law’s triumph in 1995 marked the Philippines’ first-ever championship in the tournament.

Stellar Philippine Contingent

UP Law at Jessup competition

Beyond UP Law’s triumph, the Philippines fielded a strong contingent in the Jessup competition, with teams from University of San Agustin (USA), University of San Carlos (USC), and Ateneo Law School showcasing exceptional talent on the global stage.

USA-Iloilo’s Remarkable Performance

University of San Agustin (USA), led by Marco Dava, Ancel D’Cunha, Quem Malte, Julienne Dela Pieza, and Marie Dominique Lavalle, impressed with their Top 48 finish. USA-Iloilo’s success marked a historic achievement for the institution.

USC Cebu’s Notable Run

University of San Carlos (USC) School of Law and Governance from Cebu City made waves with their impressive performance. They reached the Round of 48 in the international competition.

Ateneo Law School’s Contribution

Ateneo Law School, as the Philippines’ first runners-up, showcased their legal prowess. They qualified for the Round of 32 in the tournament.

Looking Ahead

As UP Law celebrates its historic win and the Philippines’ notable representation in the Jessup competition, anticipation builds for future editions of the tournament. The success of Filipino teams underscores the nation’s formidable presence in international legal competitions. It paves the way for continued excellence in the field of law.


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Written by Marjo Piedad

Traveler | Foodie | CONTENT EDITOR
📍Cebu, Philippines
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