Howard Law International Moot Court Team Wins Numerous Awards As Sole American Competitors At US Nepal International Moot Court Competition

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 25, 2021) — The Goler Teal Butcher International Moot Court Team representing Howard University School of Law at the 3rd Annual US Nepal International Moot Court Competition recently competed in the semi-final rounds and placed third overall. Additionally, the team won the following awards:

Second Place Best Brief: Ogo Orizu/ Morgan Sills

Third Place Best Oralist: Alaina Parris

First Place Best Opening Statement: Jade Bismark

Second Place Best Opening Statement: Morgan Sills 

Howard Law Alumnus and Adjunct Professor Waris Husain, S.J.D., who founded the competition in 2017-2018, has been hosting it annually with the direct support of Ambassador Randy Berry, Ambassador Alaina Tepliz, and the U.S. Embassy in Nepal. While the competition was canceled in 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was held virtually this year. Husain is thrilled at the competition’s results.

“I couldn't be prouder of the students and their coach for representing not only HUSL, but all of the U.S. as the sole American team taking part in the competition,” Husain said.

The team’s coach, Jennifer Mack, shared Husain’s sentiments.

“I am so proud of all the competitors,” Mack said.  “All of them showed an amazing resilience of spirit - researching throughout the night to prepare for the next day's rounds of oral arguments, finding nuances to international law precedent, and finding creative solutions to these extremely complicated issues.”

Howard Law’s International Moot Court Team competes in some of the world’s largest and most prestigious competitions around the world. Over the past few years, its members have been recognized with various awards in several high-profile competitions. Awards from recent years have included:

  • Best Oralist awards at the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition 
  • Best Oralist Award at the D.M. Harish Memorial International Moot Court Competition
  • Best Team and Best Oralist Awards at the U.S.-Nepal International Moot Court Competition

Depending on the size of the team, other competitions will be selected to cover subjects related to international business and arbitration. The team sends its members to the following competitions annually: 

The U.S. Nepal International Moot Court Competition, hosted by the U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu: A simulation of a fictional dispute between nations with respect to human rights law and policy before the International Court of Justice. The competition is held in Kathmandu, Nepal. 

The Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Competition is the largest moot court competition, with participants from over 500 law schools around the world. The competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between nations before the International Court of Justice. The first round of the competition is held in Washington, D.C., and if the team proceeds to the next round, they travel to compete at the international rounds. 

The Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition is the world’s largest moot court competition devoted exclusively to global environmental issues. Founded at Stetson in 1996, the competition now includes regional rounds in Australia, Colombia, India, Ireland, Korea, the Philippines, Ukraine, and the United States, with the top teams advancing to the International Finals hosted at Stetson Law each spring.

For more information about the Goler Teal Butcher International Moot Court Team, go to: https://bit.ly/3vYRFkn or send inquiries to WHusain2@law.howard.edu.

About Howard University

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue more than 140 programs of study leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University operates with a commitment to Excellence in Truth and Service and has produced one Schwarzman Scholar, three Marshall Scholars, four Rhodes Scholars, 11 Truman Scholars, 25 Pickering Fellows and more than 165 Fulbright recipients. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, visit www.howard.edu.