The Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile has defeated the Universidad de Chile in the final of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition (Jessup). Jessup is an international tournament in which law students defend, in English, a hypothetical international legal case in a mock court, recreating the International Court of Justice.
The winning team, made up of students Elisa Zavala, Trinidad Cruz, Josefina Movillo, Guillermo Del Campo and Benjamín Salas will represent Chile in the grand final of the competition in Washington DC in April. This event draws around 600 teams from more than 90 countries, making Jessup one of the biggest and most important debating contests in the world.
Jessup is organized in the United States by the International Law Students Association (ILSA) and in Chile by the Chilean American Chamber of Commerce, AmCham Chile. The judging panel for the final was composed of lawyers Felipe Bulnes, Marcos Ríos, Rose Cave, Felipe Hoetz and the current Dean of American University Washington College of Law (WCL), Claudio Grossman, who also delivered the lecture, "The role of lawyers and law schools in the 21st century".