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Jessup Forum


Seminars for current and prospective coaches and team members of moot court teams

18 January 2015, 2 PM UTC

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ILSA, White & Case LLC (Moscow) and Threefold Legal Advisors LLC (Russian National Administration of the Jessup Competition) are holding a Seminar on Oral Advocacy (Sunday 18 January 2015, 2 pm UTC/GMT). Experienced coaches, judges and former participants from Singapore, Australia, US, Venezuela, UK, Israel and Russia will discuss how to plead successfully before Jessup judges. 

The seminar is part of the series of seminars announced by us in spring 2014 that was initially due to take part in August.

Participation is open to all current and prospective coaches and team members of Jessup and other moot court teams. No fees apply.

Only the first 100 attendees will be able to attend the seminar live. Full recording of the seminar will be made available as soon as the video is processed in the week following the seminar.

Invited speakers

Robert Beckman is the Director of the Centre for International Law (CIL) and an associate professor in the NUS Faculty of Law. Prof Beckman is also a special interest in mooting and advocacy. He served as the faculty advisor and coach of NUS teams in the Philip C Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition for 30 years, and has also coached NUS teams in the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition and the International Maritime Law Moot Court Competition. 

Deborah Skorupski is the founder of Skorupski Law Office, P.C., a U.S.-based law firm specializing in domestic and international corporate consulting, litigation, and alternate dispute resolution. She has represented clients in several countries, including for arbitrations at the International Chamber of Commerce in Geneva, Switzerland.   Deborah has taught international law, admiralty/maritime law and international trial skills for several different law schools in the United States and other countries. Deborah received two Best Oralist awards as a competitor in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, has coached several teams, served on ILSA’s Rules Committee, and judged at the regional, national and international levels since 1996.  Deborah was National Administrator for Brazil in 2007, and from 2010 to present.   She was also named National Administrator for Argentina in April 2013. 

Anthony Cassimatis first coached a Jessup moot team in 1996-7 and he has served as coach or faculty advisor of 15 Jessup teams representing the University or Queensland, Australia, including two world championship teams (in 2005 and 2014).  He has also served as a judge in the Australian national rounds of the Jessup competition and is currently the national administrator of the 2015 Australian rounds.  He teaches international law at the University of Queensland.  He has an LLM from Cambridge University and has been a visiting fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law.  An initial inspiration for his PhD was the 1996-7 Jessup moot topic.

Moirah Sanchez was an oralist with the Venezuelan team in 2002 (Octofinalists) and 2003 (Semifinalists). From 2004 to 2012 she coached teams in Venezuela and served as judge for International and Advanced Rounds in DC. She is currently living in Uruguay.

Soroush Kafiabadi competed in Jessup from the UK for King’s College London and subsequently coached the team to reach the World Championship Final in 2007. He has since been coaching in the UK and Russia and judging in various countries including Brazil, Bulgaria and Russia, and at the finals in Washington DC.

Tal Mimran researches protection of International Human Rights Law (IHRL) while fighting Terror in the Israel Democracy Institute. He teaches International Law at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI), and mentors the HUJI team for the Philip C. Jessup Competition and the Tel-Aviv University team for an International Humanitarian Law competition held by the ICRC in Israel. He mentored in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, held in Vienna, Austria, and served as an arbitrator in that competition. He also worked as a legal adviser in the Israeli Ministry of Justice, mainly in the field of IHRL, and edited a human rights journal.

Grigory Vaypan is a PhD student at Moscow State University (Russia). He obtained his first law degree from Moscow State University in 2011 and his LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School in 2013. He was part of the Moscow State University team that claimed the title of the Jessup World Champion in 2012. He has since been judging, coaching and teaching workshops on argumentation and oral advocacy for prospective moot court participants.



Maria Issaeva, Threefold Legal Advisors LLC, national administrator for Jessup Russia.
Sergey Usoskin, Ivanyan & Partners. Sergey has been been involved with the Jessup since 2004, first as a participant and then as a coach and a judge. He acted as team coach, judge and case author in a number of other international moot court competitions. He is currently an attorney at Ivanyan & Partners where his practice focuses on public international law.