CWRU Jessup International Law Moot Court Team Advances to National Elimination Rounds

CWRU Jessup team
From left: CWRU Jessup team members Will Baker, Elise Manchester, Sydney Warinner and Michael Eckhart with Dean Michael Scharf.

Congratulations to the Case Western Reserve University School of Law Jessup International Law Moot Court team, which is advancing to the national knock-out rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court on Friday, Feb. 25. 

The team secured its spot in the national elimination rounds based on their high oral scores, brief scores and win-loss record in the preliminary rounds, which took place online Feb. 19–20.  

The Jessup team is composed of 3L Michael Eckhart, 2L Sydney Warinner, and 1Ls Elise Manchester and Will Baker. Last year, Eckhart, Warinner and their teammates were the top ranked American team and third best in the world.  

CWRU is the last American team to have won the Jessup World Championship. The team is coached by Co-Dean Michael Scharf and former CWRU Jessup champion Liz Safier (LAW ‘21), an associate at Squire Patton Boggs. Ripped from the headlines, this year's Jessup problem concerns a cross-border cyber misinformation campaign intended to influence the outcome of a referendum.

Established in 1960, the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the oldest and largest international moot court competition.  Over 700 schools participate from more than 100 countries. Teams of law students compete against one another through the presentation of oral and written pleadings to address timely issues of public international law in the context of a hypothetical legal dispute between nations before the International Court of Justice.