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Mooting success for University College Lahore

University College Lahore becomes the first team from Pakistan to be selected as one of the top 32 qualifiers for the prestigious Jessup Moot.

Written by Sara Tarrar |

Sana e Muhammad, winner of 'Best Oralist Award' at Jessup Moot
Sana e Muhammad (pictured) won ‘Best Oralist Award’ in the International Rounds, the only Pakistani speaker to have won the honour to date.

University College Lahore made history last month by being one of the top 32 qualifying teams to the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition 2019, held in Washington D.C, USA. This is the first time that a team from Pakistan has qualified.

Our speaker Sana e Muhammad also won ‘Best Oralist Award’ in the International Rounds, the only Pakistani speaker to have won this honour to date.

Jessup is the world’s most prestigious Law Moot Competition, with 800-plus teams (2,400 participants) from around the world competing this year in the National Rounds, 143 of whom qualified for the International Rounds held in Washington D.C., and a further 32 qualifying for the Advanced Rounds. The competition sees law students arguing a fictional case in a court room environment.

A total of 32 teams participated in the Pakistan National Rounds for Jessup. Out of these, only four qualified for the International Rounds (sponsored by the US Embassy), and only UCL qualified in the top 32.

Other renowned international universities that qualified in the top 32 included King’s College London (UK), Yale University (USA) and Columbia University (USA).

  • Sara Tarrar is Deputy Director Laws, University College Lahore.