For the first time ever, a team of students from Católica has won the Portuguese rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. The team will now represent the country in the international rounds of the competition, which will be held in Washington.
We are extremely proud to share that Católica won the national rounds of the 2023 edition of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. This is the largest and most prestigious moot court in the world, gathering over 700 law schools from 100 different countries and jurisdictions.
Católica's team is composed by two LL.M. students from Católica Global School of Law, Julian Schramm and Sophie Roth, and two undergraduate students from Católica | Lisbon School of Law, Marta Cansado and Rodrigo Ferreira. The speakers were supported by two other LL.M. students: Hanna Herzog, as of counsel, and Jitka Rutrlova, as adviser. The team was coached by Professor Ricardo Rodrigues de Oliveira, who specializes in EU and International Law.
Católica competed against Nova School of Law and the University of Lisbon School of Law. The rounds took place at the headquarters of the law firm Morais Leitão, which sponsored the event.
With this victory, the team will represent Portugal in the international rounds of the competition, which will take place from April 8 to 15, in Washington, D.C. This will be the first time that Portugal will be represented by a team from Universidade Católica Portuguesa.
In addition to overall win, the team also won the awards for Best Overall Memorial and Best Respondent's Memorial. Julian Schramm and Sophie Roth also collected individual distinctions respectively as best speaker and second-best speaker in the preliminary rounds.