Started by a group of law students in Fall 2021, William & Mary Law School’s International Competition Team (ICT) seeks to enhance students’ opportunities to engage and network in the international law field.
This academic year, the ICT is sending team members to compete at the Jean Pictet International Humanitarian Law Competition, the Clara Barton International Humanitarian Law Competition, the Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition, the Jessup Moot Court Competition, and the International Criminal Court Moot Court Competition.
The team had a spectacularly successful season during the 2021-2022 academic year and wants to carry that momentum into the 2022-23 competition year.
Dana Call ’24, President of the ICT, was eager to share just how much the team has impacted her experience, calling the ICT “a phenomenal addition to William & Mary Law School.”
“I was immensely proud to compete with the inaugural team last year and am even more honored to serve as the president this year as we continue our trajectory towards excellence,” Call says. “I truly believe in the axiom ‘the best way to learn is by doing,’ and the ICT lets you do just that.”
Call says that the ICT allows students to conduct a deep dive into international law topics and apply what they have learned through real-time simulations or answering the benches’ hard-hitting questions at a Moot Court.
“Membership on the ICT bolsters student’s knowledge and advocacy prowess in ways the classroom cannot,” Call says. “We hope to continue to serve as an opportunity for students to enhance their skills and understanding of international law for years to come!”
During the 2021-22 academic year, ICT members competed against 10 teams in the Clara Barton International Humanitarian Law competition in Washington, D.C., and traveled to Mexico to participate in Jean Pictet International Humanitarian Law and compete against 47 teams from across the world.
The Jessup Moot Court team competed virtually against roughly 700 law school teams, from more than 90 countries, about topics ranging from evidence admissibility to diplomatic immunity.
The International Criminal Court Moot Court team won first place in the Regional Round for the Americas and Caribbean, allowing the students to go on to the International Round. In their inaugural year, ICT students were able to make it to the ICC Moot Court semi-finals, placing within the top nine of the 76 competing universities that hailed from 42 different countries.
William & Mary has a long tradition in training its students in practical legal skills, and the International Competition team is no exception. With the help of fantastic professors, the ICT helps students with oral and written advocacy, teamwork, and conducting international law research. It also develops a deeper understanding of international law and provides an opportunity for students to network with well-establish international law professionals and fellow international-focused law students from across the world.
Support the ICT
The International Competition Team would welcome the financial support of alumni and friends to ensure this opportunity is available for students now and in future years. To make a gift in support of the team, please go to the Law School’s secure “Make a Gift” form and type in the number “5078” so that your gift supports the “International Law Society Competition Fund (5078).”
To keep up to date with the International Competition Team, follow them on their Instagram account @wmlawict and on their Twitter account @wmlawict. If you’d like to get in touch with the team, feel free to reach out via email@example.com.