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Here’s a running diary of this morning’s Singapore National Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition via some live tweets (sorry that’s all we can offer, there was too much to pay attention to) from the Court of Appeal. Here are the teams from both schools:

Team NUS: Mak Shinyi, Shirleen Low, Reshma Nair, Charmaine Chan and Xiao Hongyu

Team SMU: Kenny Lau, Carren Thung, Yeo Gek Min, Nicholas Liu and Chua Wei Yuan

The Moot Problem

[Applicant] Amalea requests the Court to adjudge and declare that:

(a) Ritania’s acts and omissions with respect to the development of Excelsior Island violated international law, and Amalea is therefore entitled to seek compensation from Ritania for economic losses caused by the landslide.

(b) Amalea has exclusive ownership of the wreck of the Cargast and all artifacts recovered from it, and Ritania’s deployment of patrol vessels to the site of the Cargast violated international law.

(c) The Amalean Navy’s pursuit of Oscar de Luz into Ritania’s EEZ, and his subsequent arrest, were in compliance with international law.

(d) Amalea had jurisdiction to try and convict Luz for criminal actions related to the Rosehill incident, and has no obligation to return him to Ritania.

[Respondent] Ritania requests the Court to adjudge and declare that:

(a) Ritania’s conduct with respect to the Excelsior Island project complied in all respects with its obligations under international law and the terms of the Malachi Gap Treaty, and Ritania has no obligation to compensate Amalea for any loss or damage allegedly caused by the 2009 landslide. 

(b) Milo Bellezza’s salvage of the Cargast is unlawful, and the cargo and artifacts recovered from the wreck properly belong to Ritania, which has the right to protect them. 

(c) The Amalean Navy’s pursuit of Oscar de Luz into Ritania’s EEZ, and his subsequent arrest, were illegal. 

(d) Amalea was without jurisdiction to try Luz in connection with the Rosehill
collision, and must return him to Ritania immediately.

Round 1: Applicant (NUS): Shirleen & Shinyi vs. Respondent (SMU): Kenny & Carren

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Round 2: Applicant (SMU): Gek Min & Nicholas vs. Respondent  (NUS): Reshma & Shinyi

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Conclusion: Judges’ comments & announcement of winners:

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Congratulations to both teams for an impeccable performance and herculean efforts! Although the excellent NUS team was edged out by an equally wonderful SMU team, our friends and classmates definitely gave us something to cheer about – there were  moments where Shinyi effortlessly worked through the judges’ piercing questions with comprehensive and confident responses. Shirleen was also cool and exuded pure panache with her smooth arguments and surrebuttal. The same can most certainly be said for Reshma who put up a great submission and a faultless surrebuttal. Many Year 4s also sacrificed an alluring Saturday morning sleep-in to cheer their buddies on; hugs all around is undoubtedly a heartwarming way to end a killer moot. Good job mooters, heads up and press on – you guys have done us proud!

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