Eötvös Loránd University Law Faculty students are World Champions
Historical victory of the Jessup World Cup
„Eötvös Loránd University are JESSUP 2019 World Champions”
– announced on their website the organizers, the International Law Students Association (ISLA).
After last year’s success, ELTE Faculty of Law’s moot court team has participated this year 6 April 2019 in the finals of the competition and has faced Columbia University’s team. The competition is organized for 59 years and
this was the first time that a European, non-native team has fought for the final round of the cup.
Gábor Bazsó, Zolta Buda, Marcell Koncsik, Vanessa Szép were the members of the ELTE Jessup Team being selected from 680 teams of 120 countries, who took part in the finals of the International Law Moot Court Competition in Washington D.C.
Based on a 25-page-long legal case, teams prepare pleadings arguing both the applicant and respondent positions. Students write their 60–70-page memorials in English between September and mid-January. In the oral rounds, the parties – knowing each other’s written memorials – present their 45-minute oral pleadings before a panel of three judges in English. The pleadings typically turn into conversations or sometimes polite arguments with the judges, where, besides the full knowledge of the law, successful performance requires extraordinary rhetoric skills, fast reactions, as well as a high level of knowledge of legal culture.
The Jessup teams of ELTE Faculty of Law have been prepared by dr. Katalin Sulyok and dr. Gábor Kajtár teachers of the Department of International Law and by dr. Dániel Pap Assistant Lawyer at the European Court of Human Rights at the Council of Europe. ELTE University is preparing teams for the Jessup competition for over 30 years and has achieved outstanding results in previous years. Last year the Team was awarded the best combined memorial first place at the Competition.
The travel of the team was sponsored by: the Hungarian Ministry of Justice, Réczicza Dentons Ügyvédi Iroda, Lengyel Allen & Overy Ügyvédi Iroda, Hegymegi-Barakonyi és Társa – Baker & McKenzie Ügyvédi Iroda, Nagy & Trócsányi Ügyvédi Iroda, DLA Piper Hungary, Oppenheim Ügyvédi Iroda, Germus és Társai Ügyvédi Iroda, ELTE Talent Support Council, Ignác Frank Foundation, ELTE Student Association.