VU Amsterdam team participates in Jessup Moot

The Philip C Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is an exciting opportunity to participate in legal research and find out how law works in “the real world”.

04/12/2018 | 4:30 PM

Participating in the competition was also a very daunting challenge for the two VU Amsterdam students Susanne Karbe and Cas van der Lee who, prior to September, had no idea about law whatsoever - it was a fun rollercoaster journey throughout. Their lives in the past five months revolved around the by now dreaded question: “what is your legal base”? The competition involved a lot of hard work, a lot of fun, some late-night cramming and some breaks over Christmas, but the written memorials by the VU team were finished on time and won second place in the Dutch rounds.

The VU Jessup team was coached by Ms. Jessica Elias and quickly became famous in the judges’ deliberation room for being the smallest team in size but also one of the hardest-working, having gone through the entire workload with only two participants to divide the studying of hundreds of legal documents. Nevertheless, the VU Jessup team turned this to their advantage and forged some important teamworking skills and a proactive attitude that led them to the Dutch regional rounds in Maastricht.

The VU Jessup team ranked second in the written memorial part, and fourth in the final team rankings.