4th BD round of Jessup Moot Court Champion DU
The 4th Bangladesh National Round of the 61st Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, 2020 has been held from 6th February to 8th February 8, 2020, at the University of Asia Pacific – UAP.
University of Dhaka has become the Champion and University of Chittagong ended up as the Runner-up. 24 teams from different universities competed, while more than 150 law students are participated in the competition.
This year the national round is organized by Jessup Bangladesh in association with International Law Students Association Bangladesh (ILSA), Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development Assistance and Training (OPDAT)- U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ), University of Asia Pacific – UAP, UQEEL and Old Bailey Chambers (OBC).
There were awards given in several categories. University of Asia Pacific stood third amongst all the teams. Rifat Z. Khan from University of Dhaka bagged the Best Mooter award for her excellent performance. University of Chittagong received the Best Memorial award. Premier University was recognized with the Spirit of the Jessup Award. Khulna University was announced the Best New Team.
CM Shafi Sami, Chairman, Board of Trustees, University of Asia Pacific inaugurated the competition open on 6th February. Dr. Jamirul Reza Choudhury, National Professor and Vice-Chancellor, University of Asia Pacific chaired the closing session. Md. Asaduzzaman, Head, Department of Law and Human Rights, University of Asia Pacific; Lesley Benn, Executive Director, International Law Students Association; Eric Opanga, Resident Legal Advisor, U.S. Department of Justice, OPDAT, U.S. Embassy Dhaka; ASM Sayem Ali Pathan, Advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh & National Administrator of Jessup Bangladesh National Round, 2020, Nuran Chowdhury, founding National Administration, Jessup Bangladesh & National Coordinator, ILSA Chapters-Bangladesh; were present as well as the judges of final rounds.
Mr Justice Mirza Hussain Haider, Honourable Judge, Appellate Division, Supreme Court of Bangladesh; Mr Justice Zubayer Rahman Chowdhury, Honourable Judge, Supreme Court of Bangladesh; Barrister M Amir-ul Islam, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh, were the judges of the final. Dr. Sharif Bhuiyan, Dr. Shahjahan Saju, Mr. Justice Zafar Ahmed judged the third-place deciding round.
Jessup Moot Court Competition is one of the most renowned and oldest competitions of law students that gathers law students from more than 100 countries in the international round. Around 740 teams are participating globally this year, and Bangladesh is the 5th largest national round in the world.
In the previous edition, University of Dhaka emerged champion and Eastern University became the runner-up from the 31 participating universities. Top three teams of this national round will be participating in the international round to be held in Washington DC.