Without Jayne Hardy and her team, the Jessup Competition would not have enjoyed many years of success at ANU.
By Dilan Thampapillai
ANU College of Law senior lecturer
The Australian National University (ANU) College of Law hosted the DLA Piper 2020 Australian National Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. I had the privilege of serving as National Administrator for the 2020 National Rounds and was ably assisted by three of our best law students: Andrew Ray, Molly Tredinnick and Joseph Everdell.
Overall we had a very collegiate competition with the University of Sydney emerging as the winners of the Jessup Moot competition and the University of Queensland emerging as the runner-up.
The University of Tasmania won the Best Overall Memorials and Best and Fairest awards, while Macquarie University won the Spirit of Jessup.
The Jessup Awards dinner was held at the High Court of Australia. The Honourable Justice Stephen Gageler AC (BEc ’80, LLB (Hons) ’82, HonLLD ’15) judged the grand final and delivered a wonderful after-dinner speech.
However, the most important award – that of Friend of Jessup – went to our Services Office manager Jayne Hardy for her tireless support of the Jessup Competition. Without Jayne Hardy and her team, the Jessup Competition would not have enjoyed many years of success at ANU. Professor Tim Stephens from the University of Sydney Law School delivered some moving remarks in awarding Friend of Jessup to Jayne Hardy.
As National Administrator, I would like to acknowledge and thank the ANU College of Law Dean and Pro-Vice Chancellor for International Strategy, Professor Sally Wheeler OBE, MRIA, FAcSS, FAAL, for permitting the Jessup Competition to again be held at ANU.
I would also like to acknowledge DLA Piper, Banco Chambers, the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law, and the International Law Association for their support of the competition.
I would particularly like to thank Nicole King, manager of ANU College of Law Student Administration Services, for organising the room bookings, as well as Jayne Hardy and Mel Wallace from the Services Office for the immense amount of help.
I would also like to thank Professor Donald Rothwell FAAL for judging memorials along with ANU alumni Chloe Sevil, Grace Souter and Katherine Arditto. I would also like to warmly thank Professor Bill Campbell, Associate Professors Matthew Zagor, Jolyon Ford, Joshua Neoh, Jeremy Farrall, Ryan Goss and Wayne Morgan, and Drs Imogen Saunders, Jessica Hambly, Kate Ogg and Chris Ward SC for judging moots at various stages during the preliminary rounds, quarter-finals and semi-finals.
A wide variety of ANU law alumni served as judges in the preliminary rounds. My particular thanks to Dr Farrall for stepping in as ANZSIL representative as well. Her Honour, Justice Chrissa Loukas-Karlsson also judged one our semi-finals together with Dr Ward.
Lastly, I would just like to acknowledge that our law students gave an excellent account of themselves. The ANU team were, by all accounts, wonderful hosts. Molly and Joseph were exceptional administrators and exemplified the best aspects of our Juris Doctor program. Andrew Ray, one of our stellar Bachelor of Laws (Hons) students, impressed everyone with his world-class administrative and organisational skills.