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MDX Dubai declared Qualifying Round Champions in International Law Moot Court Competition

04/02/2019

We are delighted to announce that Middlesex University Dubai has been declared the UAE Qualifying Round Champion of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition!

Congratulations to LLB Law students, Adiba Firmansyah, Manar Hassan, Nadia Simpson and Bakhriddini Sultonzoda, coached by Ivan Korotkov, who will represent the UAE in the international rounds in Washington DC having triumphed over NYUAD in the qualifying rounds on Saturday 2 February.

In addition to MDX Dubai winning the UAE Qualifying Rounds, Nadia Simpson gave an exceptional performance that saw her awarded ‘Best Oralist’ of all the participants.

The Jessup Moot sees teams challenged to solve an international controversy based on a fictional dispute before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations. It is the world’s oldest and largest moot competition, with more than 700 law schools from 90 different countries participating. The 2018-9 competition marks the 60th year of the Jessup, but the first in which the UAE has held qualifying rounds.

 Adiba, Manar, Nadia and Sultan were selected from among the Mooting Society members due to their skills in legal research, writing and advocacy. They have worked tirelessly for many months to prepare for the competition and their hard work and dedication was evident in their expertly delivered submissions and responses to tough questioning from the panel of distinguished judges. 

 We are extremely grateful to coach Ivan Korotkov, the team’s success is a testament to his dedication, passion and support. Thanks are also owed to Dr Tenia Kyriazi for her role in advising the team and supporting the Mooting Society and we are extremely grateful to Dr Cedwyn Fernandes for all of his support.

The Mooting Society and participation in international moot competitions is coordinated by Samantha Roberts.

 Congratulations to the team members once again, we are incredibly proud of your outstanding achievement and are excited to see you represent the UAE in Washington DC in April 2019!

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