City lawyer appointed as judge in moot event

2013-03-11 00:00

INTERNATIONAL law firm White & Case has appointed Pietermaritzburg advocate Hoosen Gani to act as a judge at the prestigious International Moot Rounds to be held in Washington DC later this month.

White & Case is one of the world’s largest law firms and was named as the number one global law firm in 2012.

Each year, the firm facilitates the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, which is held during spring in Washington DC.

Now in its 54th year, the competition is the world’s largest moot court competition, with participants from over 550 law schools in more than 80 countries.

The competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations.

A topic is set a year in advance and one team is allowed to participate from every eligible law school, which includes leading universities in the world.

Thousands of law students from around the world work all year long on the topic, which addresses current issues such as the legal consequences of climate change on statehood, migration, and sovereign lending. Students must first compete in qualifying rounds (mostly held in January to March) to earn the right to advance to the international rounds.

Teams prepare oral and written arguments on behalf of both sides and argue the case before a panel of judges selected from experienced legal practitioners from across the globe.

Gani’s appointment followed a selection process involving nominees from around the world. He said that he was honoured to be appointed.

Gani said that this year’s contest is concerned with the novel international law question of whether a country loses its statehood under the United Nations on account of it ceasing to service its debt obligations and the consequences that this has on its citizens.

“The one argument is that the citizens all become refugees and the other is that they have no status at all and are simply stateless individuals with no rights,” he explained.

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