A team of students from the Department of Justice at "Hëna e Plotë" (Bedër) University won the right to take part in one of the most prestigious international competitions in the field of justice. The team, which consists of students Anisa Kolgjini, Emira Skreta, Emsal Ajredini and Armando Sina will represent Albania in the final stage of the competition, "Jessup" held in Washington DC. Although this is the 55th year that this comeptition is held, it is the first time that Albania is represented in the international rounds of "Jessup".
The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, also known as the Jessup, is the largest and most prestigious moot competition in the world, attracting participants from over 600 law schools in more than 90 countries in recent years. The competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The competition is named after Philip Jessup, who once served on the ICJ. It is organised by the International Law Students Association.
Countries are represented by one or more teams at the White & Case International Rounds of the Jessup competition, depending on the number of teams that have entered the national competition. As a result, most countries hold domestic competitions to select the best team to advance to the international competition in Washington D.C. International law firms proudly associate themselves with the Jessup at various levels. The final rounds are held in English.
One of the main reasons for Jessup's popularity and prestige is the caliber of students that compete at the international level. By the time teams arrive in Washington D.C., competitors are fluent in basic principles of international law, international institutions and procedures. In addition, students have an extraordinary grasp of international case law, as well as current events. Competitors are expected to have nearly encyclopedic knowledge of pertinent cases (such as ICTR, ICTY, and ICJ cases) as well as secondary materials by leading international law scholars.
Teams advancing to the White & Case International Rounds in Washington D.C. compete during three days of preliminary moots. Teams with the highest point totals advance to round of thirty-two, sixteen, quarterfinal, semifinal and then final rounds.
Other than the moot, the competition is marked by additional events such as the Announcement Party where the winners of first rounds are declared, International Law Students Association, Compromis Discussion, Dessert and Dance Party. Go Nation dress ball is an event where the participants from all across the world, come in their national dresses. The final gala and the Jessup reverse moot mark the end of the competition.