The UP College of Law holds a laudable record in moot court competitions in international law that it regularly joins around the world. It won yet another competition, this time held 6-7 August 2019 in Tokyo, Japan.
The UP Law Moot Court team was declared Overall Champion of the Asia Cup 2019 International Law Moot Court Competition. It also bagged 3rd place for Best Memorial. The problem argued was a “Case Concerning the Maritime Operation “Sheer Cliff” and Certain Criminal Proceedings: Kingdom of Amphit (Applicant) vs. Republic of Rhea (Respondent).
Leslie Diane D. Torres won as Best Speaker for the Applicant while Marianne Angeli B. Estioco and Abelardo G. Henandez were declared 2nd and 3rd Best Speaker for the Respondent, respectively. Team members were Marianne Angeli B. Estioco (IV-D), Anton Miguel Sison (IV-E), Abelardo G. Hernandez (IV-E), Leslie Diane D. Torres (IV-D), with Professor Rommel J. Casis as Coach.
Team captain, Marianne Angeli B. Estioco messaged, “We are extremely glad to bring home the championship for the country and the University. This victory is a product of long hours of research and training, and we are truly grateful for the College’s support in our endeavors. We hope to continue to uphold UP’s long history of excellence in oral and written advocacy.”
Asia Cup 2019 competition had the widest participation since its inception, with seventy-two (72) teams participating from seventeen (17) jurisdictions. Of these, sixteen (16) teams qualified for the international rounds, and the UP College of Law was the Philippines’ sole representative in the competition. The team faced and emerged the winners over teams from South Korea, Malaysia, and Russia.
Since 2013, Asia Cup Competition for future international lawyers in Asia has been co-organized by the Japanese Society of International Law and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA). The Competition is open to students from Asian countries with the aim to disseminate understanding of international law, in the Asian region. It also intends to make a substantial contribution towards building a network among students in this academic field, from Asian countries.
This story was first published on the UP College of Law Facebook page under UP Law Moot Court Team continues a tradition.