April 9-15, 2017, a team of LUISS students from the Department of Law, comprised of Francesco Brunetti, Arnaldo Mitola, Manfredi Marciante, Filippo Maria Pietrosanti and Cristina Rapagnà, coordinated by Professor Pietro Pustorino with the assistance of Domenico Pauciulo and Salvatore Custureri, participated in the 58th edition of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in Washington.
The Jessup is the most famous moot court competition dedicated to international law. Every year, over 550 law schools from 80 different countries participate in the simulation of a case in front of the International Court of Justice.
The case is chosen annually by the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, who, this year, proposed a conflict between two states on the use of water resources along their border, the protection of natural and cultural patrimonies, and international responsibility regarding mass migration.
To present their solutions, each team was required to prepare a written and oral presentation for both sides.
Since 2014, the LUISS Department of Law has been invited to participate by the Jessup’s European branch, thanks to its students proven preparation in international cases. Participating for only four years, LUISS has placed better than any other Italian university in the history of the competition. It is the only Italian university to have won the Italian National Champion two years in a row, earning the opportunity to represent Italy in the international competition in Washington.
During the international rounds, including the winners from all national rounds, the LUISS team demonstrated exceptional interaction skills with international judges and research abilities, passing the first two rounds to place in the top sixteen teams.
Such results have never been achieved by an Italian university. Improving on the university’s 2016 results, the LUISS team placed among the top five European universities this year.