Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia Wins 2009 Jessup Moot Court Competition

2009 International Jessup Champion

The winning 2009 Jessup International Moot Court Competition team from the Universidad de los Andes, Colombia sent me photos to post and additional information about the team.

El equipo de la Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad de los Andes, Colombia me envió fotos para enviar y obtener información adicional acerca del equipo. El equipo ganó el Jessup International Moot Court Competition Copa Alona Evans y el Premio a las mejores memorias escritas en el ámbito internacional rondas. Para una descripción de las rondas internacionales, véase 2009 Jessup International Moot Court Competition (en Inglés).

In additional to winning the 2009 Jessup Cup, the team also won the Alona Evans Award for the best written memorials in the international rounds. Team member Sebastián Machado won the Stephen M. Schwebel Award for his advocacy performance in the Final Round. Colombia became the third Latin-American country to win the Jessup (Venezuela, 1997; Mexico, 1998) and the fourth non-native English speaking country to win (France, 1992; Venezuela, 1997; Mexico, 1988). For a description of the Final Round, see 2009 Jessup International Moot Court Competition

About the Team

The Universidad de los Andes from Colombia has competed in the Jessup for 30 years. Of the four team members in 2009, two had prior Jessup experience and two did not. The seasoned competitors, Sebastián Machado and Guillermo Otálora, represented the team in the final round as agents for the applicant Alicanto. They practiced six times a week to prepare for the World Cup. They also receive academic credit in the Fall and Spring semesters for their participation in Jessup. In the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds, they defeated Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (Venezuela) and Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina).

Team members include:

  • Sebastián Machado (2nd Jessup Competition) (2009 Best Oralist)
  • Guillermo Otálora (2nd Jessup Competition)
  • Ricardo Alarcón (1st Jessup Competition)
  • Giselle Herrera (1st Jessup Competition)

About the Coach

Liliana Obregón is an Associate Professor of Law and Director of the International Law Program at Los Andes. She holds a Doctoral degree (SJD) from Harvard Law School and a Master’s Degree from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of the Johns Hopkins University. She never participated in the Jessup as a competitor. Professor Obregón believes that the written memorials are as important to winning the Jessup as the practice sessions for oral arguments.

Photos


2009 Jessup Champion, Alona Evans Award for best memorial, Stephen M. Schwebel Award for best oralist by Sebastian Machado.
(Ricardo Alarcón, not pictured).

Taken in Colombia


Back row: Ricardo Alarcón, Liliana Obregón
Front row: Giselle Herrera, Guillermo Otálora, Sebastián Machado


Back row: Liliana Obregón, Ricardo Alarcón
Front row: Giselle Herrera, Guillermo Otálora, Sebastián Machado


Semifinal Rounds
Universidad de los Andes, Colombia (Team 217) v.
Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina (Team 258)


Quarterfinal Rounds
Universidad Catolica Andres Bello, Venezuela (Team 169) v.
Universidad de los Andes, Colombia (Team 217)

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