Philippines wins Asia Cup 2012 International Law Moot Court Tourney
The Philippines, represented by the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Law School, won the “Asia Cup 2012” International Law Moot Court Competition hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA) on 20-21 August 2012 in Tokyo.
Composed of members of the Ateneo Society of International Law, the Philippines won the Best Team and Best Memorial Awards. The team also did well individually. Jericho Tiu was awarded as the Overall Best Oralist while Lauren Toledo, Angela Abala, and Nonalyn Superable were ranked as 4th Best Oralist, 6th Best Oralist, and 7th Best Oralist respectively.
The team members are Angela Abala, Vincent Aureus (team captain), Nonalyn Superable, Jericho Tiu, Lauren Toledo. The team was coached by Atty. Domnina Rances and Atty.Jose Victornino Salud.
The team from Ateneo Law School was the Philippine representative in the international rounds in Tokyo this year. The participating universities this year also include Universitas Gadjah Mada ALSA LC of Indonesia, Chulalongkorn University of Thailand, Singapore Management University of Singapore, Peking University of China, Soongsil University of the Republic of Korea, Kathmandu School of Law of Nepal, the Diplomatic Academy of Viet Nam, and Sophia University and Waseda University of Japan.
The Philippines has won the Asia Cup the most number of times, winning in 8 tournaments since 1999. The Ateneo won the Asia Cup in 1999, 2002, 2008, and 2012. The University of the Philippines won the Asia Cup in 2000, 2003, 2007, and 2009.
The International Law Moot Court Competition “Asia Cup” is a moot court competition where students from Asian countries demonstrate their ability in writing memorials and presenting oral pleadings on a fictitious lawsuit case concerning international human rights and humanitarian laws.
Hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan since 2003, this International Law Moot Court is highly regarded among the Asian international law circles. The competition fosters cross-cultural experiences and promotes mutual understanding among the delegations from Asian countries and Japanese participants. It also an “outstanding occasion [for] international cooperation in human rights education and dissemination of international human rights and humanitarian treaties.”