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  • Outstanding performance of the Russian Jessup teams at the 2018 International Rounds
    26.09.2018

    On 7 April 2018, the 59th Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition ended in Washington DC, USA. 

    Jessup International Moot Court Competition is an advocacy competition for law students. Teams of law students compete against one another through the presentation of oral and written pleadings to address timely issues of public international law in the context of a hypothetical legal dispute between nations before the simulated International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nation. The Competition, established in 1959 by ILSA, is one of the most prestigious law students competitions in the world, gathering more than 645 teams from more than 94 countries. This year’s problem addressed the validity of interstate arbitral awards, the capture of a marine vessel, the breach of nuclear disarmament obligations, and the conduct of naval warfare.

    We are pleased to congratulate Russian teams on one of their most successful appearances at the International Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Competition with all four teams advancing to the Top 32 and getting their memorials and oralists in the Top 50 and Top 100 respectively.

    2018 Jessup Russian National rounds

    On 4 February 2018 the Final Round Judges pronounced Kutafin Moscow State Law University team a National Champion of the 2018 Russian National Championship of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Moscow State University of International Relations (MGIMO) became the Runner Up. Anastasia Sheyndlina (MGIMO) became the Best Speaker of the Final Round.

    This year 34 teams registered to compete in Moscow for the right to represent Russia at the International Rounds of the Competition. Four best teams advanced to Washington DC: Russian State University of Justice (4), National Research University Higher School of Economics (3), MGIMO (2) and Kutafin Moscow State Law University (1). Kutafin Moscow State Law University became Russian finalist and one of the International Rounds participants for the first time in the history of its participation. 

    Competitors were joined by an exhibition team from Saint Petersburg Institute of the All-Russian State University of Justice that ranked 11th after the Preliminary Rounds and receiving an award for the Second Best Memorial in Russia.

    Russian National Championship was established in 2002 by White & Case LLC. Today the Championship is organized jointly by the International Law Students Association (ILSA), Threefold Legal Advisors LLC and White & Case LLC with support from ABA ROLI, Pericles Law Center, Garant and Consultant Plus, and the European Society of International Law (ESIL).

    This year the Championship was hosted by Lomonosov Moscow State University and MGIMO. Main media partners were Mezhdunarodnoe Pravosudie law journal and Russian Law Journal.

    Full results of the Russian Rounds are available here.

    You can find all the photos from 2018 Russian National Championship of the Jessup Competition on Jessup Russia Facebook page. Follow Jessup Russia on Facebook for news and updates from the Jessup community.

    2018 International Rounds

    White & Case International Rounds of the Jessup Moot Court Competition were held in Washington DC, USA between 1 and 7 April 2018.

    For the first time since establishment of the National Championship in 2002, all teams representing Russia at the International Rounds advanced to the world top 32 teams. Team from Russian State University of Justice further showed the best result for its university, so far, by proceeding to the Octo-Finals. MGIMO team finished the furthest among the Russian teams advancing as far as Quarter-Finals for the third time in the past four years.

    Top 100 Oralists of the 2018 International Rounds includes three Russian participants – Aleksei Nikitin, MGIMO (53rd place), Polina Kurakina, Kutafin Moscow State Law University (71st place), and Viacheslav Drannikov, Kutafin Moscow State Law University (72nd place). 

    Written memorials of all four Russian teams entered the Top 50 Memorials ranking: National Research University Higher School of Economics (6th place), Russian State University of Justice (14th place), Kutafin Moscow State Law University (30th place), and MGIMO (35th place). In addition, National Research University Higher School of Economics team received an award for the Best Applicant Memorial in the world.

    University of Queensland (Australia) became the 2018 Jessup World Cup Champion with National Law School of India University, Bangalore (India) as a Runner Up.

    The Championship Round Judges were three Judges of the International Court of Justice: H.E. Ronny Abraham, H.E. Kirill Gevorgian, and H.E. Julia Sebutinde.

    More information about 2018 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, including its results, is available here.

    You can find the photos taken during 2018 White & Case International Rounds on ILSA's Flickr page.

     
  • Maria Issaeva will discuss relationship between Russia and the European Court on Human Rights 20 years after signing the Convention
    27.03.2018

    On 9 April, 2018 a panel discussion Russia and the European Court of Human Rights after 20 Years will be held at the Wilson Center's Kennan Institute in Washington, DC. Using the findings of the recent book Russia and the European Court of Human Rights: the Strasbourg Effect, Cambridge University Press, 2018 (Mälksoo and Benedek (eds)), the panel will discuss what socialization has taken place in Russia as a result of its participation in the European Convention on Human Rights.

    TLA managing partner Maria Issaeva will be joined by Marina Agaltsova, Human Rights Center of the UC Berkeley School of Law, and Lauri Mälksoo, University of Tartu.

    You can RSVP for this event and find more information about Kennan Institute here.

     
  • The Russian Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Competition will take place in Moscow on 31 January - 4 February 2018
    22.01.2018

    31 January – 4 February 2018 White & Case LLC and Threefold Legal Advisors LLC are organising the Russian National Championship of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Students from 31 universities from all over Russia will come to Moscow to participate in the Competition. Partners and lawyers from international law firms and major Russian companies, judges of the UN International Court of Justice, European Court of Human Rights, International Criminal Court and other international tribunals, as well as professors from leading Russian and foreign universities will be assessing students’ legal knowledge and oral skills. This year’s problem addresses the validity of interstate arbitral awards, the capture of a marine vessel, the breach of nuclear disarmament obligations, and the conduct of naval warfare.

    The Russian Final Round Judges are:

    - William Burke-White, Richard Perry Professor and Inaugural Director of Perry World House at the University of Pennsylvania;

    - Anastasia Kushleyko, Regional Legal Advisor for the integration and promotion of international humanitarian law in Eastern Europe and Central Asia at the International Committee of the Red Cross;

    - Geir Ulfstein, Professor of International Law and Deputy Director of the research centre PluriCourts at the University of Oslo.

    Preliminary and Advanced Rounds will take place at the Law Faculty of the Moscow State University between 31 January and 3 February (1 Leninskiye Gory, bldgs. 13-14). The Final Round and the Award Ceremony will be hosted by the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) on 4 February 2018 (76 Prospekt Vernadskogo).

    If you would like to attend as a guest, please contact Irina Yakusheva, Jessup Competition Coordinator, before 28 January at iyakusheva@whitecase.com, +7 495 645 49 69.

    You can find additional information about the 2018 Russian National Championship of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition at http://www.threefold.ru/jessup_competition_2018 and https://www.whitecase.com/careers/locations/russia/jessup.  

     
  • Program of the workshop on the 1917 Russian Revolution and its impact on law
    29.09.2017

    The workshop on The 1917 Russian Revolution and Its Impact on Law: International and Comparative Perspectives organised by St Petersburg State University together with the European Society of International Law (ESIL) and Threefold Legal Advisors LLC will take place at the St Petersburg State University Law School on Saturday, 21 October 2017.

    The draft program of the workshop is now available here.

     
  • Workshop on the 1917 Russian Revolution and its impact on law - call for abstracts
    14.08.2017

    St Petersburg State University together with the European Society of International Law (ESIL) and Threefold Legal Advisors LLC announce a workshop on The 1917 Russian Revolution and Its Impact on Law: International and Comparative Perspectives. The workshop will be hosted by the St Petersburg State University Law School on Saturday, 21 October 2017 as part of the International Academic Forum "The Great Russian Revolution: Memory and Understanding. 1917-2017".

     

    The impact and legacy of the 1917 Russian Revolution are of crucial significance across the world. For Russia and countries of the former socialist bloc, the revolution led to the foundation of a completely new legal tradition which influences are still felt today. For the rest of the world, the Russian Revolution led to emergence of new international legal norms, transformation of the whole international law system and its eventual democratization, and caused some of the most significant changes in domestic law and politics of various countries in the first half of the XXth century.

    Among the manifold of its effects, the 1917 Russian Revolution also became the starting point of the disconnection between scientific communities of the socialist bloc of countries and other regions of the world. Such isolation persisted throughout the Soviet time, and to a significant extent continues today.  

    The workshop is intended to bring together Russian and international academics and practitioners in the fields of law (international, constitutional or otherwise), international relations, history, sociology, philosophy and political science. We aim to mark the 100 years of the 1917 Revolution in St Petersburg - a city where the revolution started - with an international interdisciplinary academic discussion about the influence of the 1917 Revolution on the development of law in Russia and elsewhere, including on the development of international law.

    The organizers issue a call for abstracts on the following topics:

    - How did the 1917 Revolution transform the international law system? How do the international legal norms that emerged from the 1917 Revolution function today?
    - What was the impact of the 1917 Revolution on contemporary Russian approaches to international law?
    - How did the 1917 Revolution’s influence domestic law and policies of various countries in the first half of the XX century? Why has one country’s historical event affected the whole world?
    - How has the 1917 Revolution influenced Soviet law compared to other legal systems? Is its impact still present in Russian law?
    - What mechanisms related to revolution has international law developed? Is it efficient in countering or containing revolution?
    - Was the 1917 Revolution a Marxist revolution? What was the influence of the 1917 Revolution on the Western left in the XX century?
    - Is there a place for philosophy in studying historical events like the 1917 Revolution and its legal impact? Should the interdisciplinary approach be adopted when studying the revolution?
    - How did the 1917 Revolution develop the Russian identity? Is it possible to objectively evaluate the 1917 events a hundred years later or is the red and white division inevitable?
    - The 1917 Revolution and Soviet totalitarianism: was the turn to totalitarianism unavoidable?
    - What is the value of fiction against the legal documents and non-fiction literature in understanding the 1917 Revolution?
    - Gaps in studying the 1917 Revolution – is there still information not available for research?

    Working language of the workshop: English.

    Email abstract submission of no more than 1,500 words (minimum 500 words) to main@threefold.ru by 15 September 2017. Please submit your short bio (up to 250 words) together with the abstract.

    Successful applicants will be notified by 25 September 2017.

    The workshop is held in partnership with the Russian Law Journal. The journal is accepting articles for publication in the special issue on the 1917 Russian Revolution by 31 August 2017. A separate call for papers for publications in the Russian Law Journal can be found here.

     

     

     
  • National Research University Higher School of Economics becomes a winner of the 2017 Russian National Championship of the Philip C. Jessup Competition
    16.02.2017

    Team from the Law Faculty of the Higher School of Economics came first in the 16th Russian National Championship of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Five teams will represent Russia at the International Rounds of the Jessup Competition this April.

    Moscow, 5 February 2017 – International law firm White & Case and law firm Threefold Legal Advisors LLC are pleased to congratulate the Higher School of Economics team on their victory at the 2017 Russian National Championship of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.

    Russian National Championship has confirmed its status of one of the biggest in the world. This year 40 teams from universities from all over Russia competed in Moscow for the right to represent their country at the International Rounds of the Jessup Competition. Five best teams from Higher School of Economics, Ural State Law University, Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University, Lomonosov Moscow State University, and Moscow State University of International Relations (MGIMO) will represent Russia in Washington, DC on 9 – 15 April 2017 where they will face against their peers from more than 90 countries for the 2017 White & Case International Jessup Cup. They will be joined by an exhibition team from the Moscow State Linguistic University.

    On 5 February, Sunday, teams from Higher School of Economics and Ural State Law University met at the stage of the Conference Hall of the MGIMO University in the Final Round of the Russian National Championship. Higher School of Economics represented applicant and Ural State Law University – respondent before the simulated proceedings of the International Court of Justice in the Case Concerning the Sisters of the Sun. The Final Round was judged by Madam President Christina Cerna, Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law School (Washington, DC, USA), His Excellency Francesco Francioni, Professor, emeritus, of International Law at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy) and Professor of International Law at LUISS University (Rome, Italy), and His Excellency Thomas McDonald, retired partner of White & Case. The judges unanimously decided in favour of the Applicant - Higher School of Economics team represented by Vladimir Kostsov, Gayana Gulyan, Oksana Tyusina, Vadim Absalyamov and Daria Kotova.

    This year’s problem addresses issues of transboundary aquifers, basic human rights, including the rights to food and water, and what happens when alleged violations of said rights generate refugee outflows.

    Russian National Championship was established in 2002 by White & Case. Today the Championship is co-organized by White & Case and Threefold Legal Advisors LLC, together with the International Law Students Association (ILSA).

    This year the Championship was hosted by Lomonosov Moscow State University and Moscow State University of International Relations (MGIMO). The Championship was organised with support from ABA ROLI, Pericles Law Center, Garant and Consultant Plus, and the European Society of International Law (ESIL). The main media partners were Mezhdunarodnoe Pravosudie law journal and Russian Law Journal.

    The Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition is an advocacy competition for law students. Teams of law students compete against one another through the presentation of oral and written pleadings to address timely issues of public international law in the context of a hypothetical legal dispute between nations before the simulated International Court of Justice. The Competition established in 1959 by ILSA is one of the most prestigious law students competitions in the world, gathering more than 700 teams from more than 90 countries. 

     
  • The Russian Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Competition will take place in Moscow on 1-5 February 2017
    27.01.2017

    1 – 5 February 2017 White & Case LLC and Threefold Legal Advisors LLC are organising the Russian National Championship of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Students from 40 universities from all over Russia will come to Moscow to participate in the Competition. Partners and lawyers from international law firms and major Russian companies, judges of the UN International Court of Justice, European Court of Human Rights, International Criminal Court and other international tribunals, as well as professors from leading Russian and foreign universities will be assessing students’ legal knowledge and oral skills. This year’s problem addresses issues of transboundary aquifers, basic human rights, including the rights to food and water, and what happens when alleged violations of said rights generate refugee outflows.

    Preliminary and Advanced Rounds will take place at the Law Faculty of the Moscow State University between 1 and 4 February.

    This year, as part of International Law Lectures in Russia organised by the European Society of International Law and Threefold Legal Advisors LLC two lecturers will present their works on Friday, 3 February:

    - G.-Matteo Vaccaro-Incisa Investment Arbitration: Evil or Scapegoat? New Trends in Investment Treaty Making

    - Marija Đorđeska General Principles of Law and the Science of International Law.

    Final Round and Closing Ceremony will take place at the MGIMO University on 5 February.

    The Russian Final Round Judges are:

    - Christina Cerna, Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center (Washington DC, USA);

    - Francesco Francioni, Professor, emeritus, of International Law at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy), Professor of International Law at LUISS University (Rome, Italy);

    - Thomas McDonald, White & Case Partner.

    You can find additional information about the 2017 Russian National Championship of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition at http://www.whitecase.com/moscow-jessup/ and http://www.threefold.ru/jessup_competition_2017.

    If you would like to get attend as a guest, please contact Irina Yakusheva, Jessup Project Coordinator, before 27 January at iyakusheva@whitecase.com, +7 495 645 49 69.

     
  • Jessup Russia invites judges for the 2017 Jessup Season
    23.11.2016

    The 2017 Russian National Jessup Championship will take place in Moscow on 1-5 February 2017.

    You can register as a memorials or oral rounds judge here.

    Please follow this link to find all the information on the 2017 Russian Jessup. 

     

     

     
  • Gleb Bogush commented on Russia's alleged pulling out of the International Criminal Court
    17.11.2016

    TLA counsel Gleb Bogush commented on Russia's statement concerning pulling out of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court which it signed back in 2000. From a legal standpoint Russia was never a party to the Rome Statute and withdrawing its signature does not affect existing obligations of Russia under treaty and customary international law. 

    The full comment is available at zakon.ru and on TV Rain website (both in Russian).

     

     

     

     

     

     
  • TLA together with European Society of International Law launch International Law Lectures in Russia
    14.10.2016

    The European Society of International Law are proud to introduce a new joint project with leading Russian universities - International Law Lectures. The program and current composition of speakers can be assessed here

    The project will take place in cooperation with leading Russian law schools. The Higher School of Economics (Moscow) has sponsored and co-organized the pilot lecture of the series of legendary Martti Koskenniemi, and will continue to be in close cooperation and co-sponsorship of the program throughout the whole project. 

    Martti Koskenniemi, Anne Orford, Laurence Boisson de Chazournes, Philippe Sands, Anthea Roberts, Marko Milanovic, Gabor Rona, Matteo Vaccaro-Incisa and other top international law scholars and practitioners are among the first participants of the International Law Lectures in Russia in 2016/17 and 2017/18 academic years.

    The lectures are public but require prior registration in order to enter a university. Please see details on the individual lecture pages here

    Subject to lecturers' permission, all lectures will be filmed and posted online.

    The project is implemented in cooperation with leading Russian law schools. The first lectures of the series will be hosted and co-sponsored by the Higher School of Economics.

    This is the first ever initiative of this kind and at such a scale in Russia. The organisers are constantly working on the composition of the programme. Please contact Maria Issaeva at maria.issaeva@threefold.ru if you would like to contribute to this important project as speaker, sponsor or otherwise.

     
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