Herat University Wins Afghan National Moot Court Competition

The U.S. Ambassador James Cunningham with the members of the winning team from Herat University.
The U.S. Ambassador James Cunningham with the members of the winning team from Herat University.
US Embassy/Afghanistan

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN | Law students from 11 Afghan universities competed in the National Round of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition yesterday, vying to represent Afghanistan at the International competition in Washington, D.C., in March.  

 
Fierce arguments echoed from the walls of the Kabul University Auditorium as students from Al Biruni, Balkh, Herat, Kabul, Kandahar, Khost, Kunar, Kunduz, Paktia, Panjshir and Takhar Universities vied for victory.  
 
After deliberation, a panel of judges declared Herat University the winner, giving their team a chance to represent Afghanistan at the International competition. 
 
“These competitions increase our professional knowledge. We worked hard for the past four months and I am very happy that we won the first place, “ said Fahima Amini, a member of the winning team.  
 
The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the world's largest moot court competition, with participants from more than 500 law schools in more than 80 countries.  Afghanistan has organized its nation-wide Jessup competition since 2009, and this year set several national records. Eight women students from three different universities were among the competitors, the highest number so far. Teams from Kunduz, Kunar and Paktia Universities also competed in the national round in Kabul for the first time. 
 
United States Agency for International Development (USAID) facilitates the organization of Jessup Moot Court competitions in Afghanistan. 
 
“USAID supports moot court competitions so that Afghan law students can practice their analytical legal skills, build confidence in public speaking, and interact with academic staff and judges in an environment that is both rewarding and enjoyable,” said Jessica Zaman, Director of the USAID/Afghanistan Democracy and Governance Office.
 

Last updated: September 29, 2014

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