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Hebron University Law Students Heads to Washington to Represent Palestine after Winning in the National Round of Jessup Moot Court Competition

A Group of Hebron University College of Law and Political Science students qualified as the best team in the national round of Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court competition, the largest moot competition in the world. Six universities participated in the competition: Hebron University, Birzeit University, An-Najah University, Al-Quds University, American-Arab University, and Palestine Private University. Trials were held in the Palestinian city of Ramallah on 30 and 31 January 2016 and the award was declared at a ceremony attended by Minister of Justice H.E. Ali Abu Diak, Chief Justice H.E. Sami Sarsour, President of Palestine Bar Association Hussein Shabana, the US Consul General in Jerusalem, legal experts, judges, lawyers, government officials, diplomats, deans and professors, with extensive media coverage. The competition has been organized by the regional office of the American Bar Association, with financial support from the US State Department.
The students who led the University towards winning are: Ms. Diana Hashlamoun, Ms. Fatima Hermas, Mr. Thaer Ewiwi, Mr. Abdel-Karim Katbeh, and Mr. Anas Natsheh. Hebron University team was also ranked as the top oralist, a title obtained by Diana Hashlamoun. The team was coached by Mr. Belal Fanoun, a lecturer of law at the Law School, under the supervision of Dr. Mutaz Qafisheh, Dean of the Law School and Associate Professor of International Law. The team will represent the State of Palestine in the global competition to be held in Washington DC in March and April 2016. The completion attracts participants from almost 700 law schools in more than 90 countries. The competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice. The Jessup moot started at Harvard University in 1960 and it opened its doors internationally in 1968.