12 March 2001
For immediate release
A team of Sussex law students will face some of the toughest judges in the world when they represent England in a major international law competition next month.
Third-year undergraduates Stefan Albers Brough, Louise Bullen, Louisa Cieciora and Ian Lloyd, who won a national pre-selection round in February this year, will be travelling to the Peace Palace in The Hague on April 25 for the 2001 Telders International Law Moot Court Competition.
They will be competing against students from more than 20 European nations at the two-day event, which will test their skills in presenting and arguing a case. Judges from the International Court of Justice, the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and professors of international law from all over the world will be assessing their performance.
"It's incredibly prestigious for Sussex University to represent England at The Hague," says the students' law lecturer, Paul Eden. "And it'll be exciting for the students. They have done a course on international litigation and have had to learn about the International Court of Justice. Now they will be arguing before the ICJ in the actual building."
A "moot" is a fictitious legal problem devised by leading international law experts. The annual competition was started in 1977 in memory of Professor Ben Telders, a professor of international law at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. He fought for the maintenance of the rule of law and ultimately paid for this with his life in a concentration camp in 1945.
The case put before the team this year involves aerial hi-jacking and combines international legal issues in the fields of air law, the law of treaties, abduction and the law relating to criminal jurisdiction.
"Whatever the outcome, the experience of speaking in front of others is invaluable for all of us," says team member Stefan. "It's what we'll have to do later in our legal careers."
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For further information, please contact Paul Eden on Tel: 01273 606755 ext 3052, email@example.com, or Jacqui Bealing or Alison Field, University of Sussex, Tel. 01273
678888, Fax 01273 877456, email J.A.Bealing@sussex.ac.uk or A.Field@sussex.ac.uk.