Kardan University creates its first Philip C. Jessup Team

Kardan University, in collaboration with the International Law Students Association (ILSA), is pleased to announce the creation of its Jessup Moot Court Team for the years 2018-19. This team of four law students was formed through a Try-out selection process and will represent Kardan University in the coming national rounds of Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Competitions to be held here in Kabul and the international rounds which are annually being held in Washington, D.C, United States.

Tamim Asoulmal, one of the team members says: “Jessup will greatly help me improve my knowledge in in international law. It is a big platform where I can experience high level of professionalism; pursue my own professional goals and more importantly, gain invaluable experience in matters of international significance.”

Another team member, Mohammad Nasir Rahmani, added: “Jessup is a real world experience that cannot be matched elsewhere. Your hard-work, dedication and efforts all pay off and make it an opportunity of a lifetime.”

Kardan University is Afghanistan’s first private institution participating in this moot court competition which is the world's largest, with participants from over 680 law schools in 100 countries and jurisdictions.

The Competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations. One team is allowed to participate from every eligible school. Teams prepare oral and written pleadings arguing both the applicant and respondent positions of the case.

Mehr Mursal Amiri, the only female member of the team, expressed her feelings about joining the team as “I am very excited to be a part of this team. As far as I know Jessup is the world’s most prestigious and oldest moot court competition, through which, we could learn a lot from experienced coaches, mentors, judges, practitioners and other participating students. In few words, Jessup will be a ground for major changes in my legal career.”

Asil Zarang, a former member of the University’s VIS Moot Club, and one of the Jessup team members says “As a participant of Jessup Moot Court, I am passionately reading and researching laws, statutes, international conventions, case laws, commentaries and other legal resources to bridge the gap between the arguments I make. This adds to my knowledge of law in general and enhances my understanding of the international law which is my favorite field of study.”