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Georgetown Law Wins Space Law Moot Court Competition in Beijing

October 3, 2013 —

Georgetown University Law Center is proud to announce that its Barristers’ Council has won the 2013 Manfred Lachs Space Law International Moot Court Competition in Beijing. 

60 law schools from around the world took part in the competition, which began with regional contests last spring. Georgetown Law, winner of the North American regional round, joined the winners of the Asia Pacific, European, and African rounds at the world finals in Beijing on September 26. 

The competition involved arguing issues of international and commercial space law, and was designed to challenge the participants’ understanding of public international law as related to outer space. The world finals were judged by three sitting members of the International Court of Justice.

Representing Georgetown Law were Amanda Krause (3L) and recent alumni Adam Wesolowski (L’13) and Zach Garthe (L’13), who also coached the team. In addition to winning the overall competition, the team was awarded “Best Memorial,” and Wesolowski was named “Best Oralist.” 

All members of the team are former students of Georgetown Law’s Space Law Seminar, taught by Adjunct Professors Steve Mirmina and Petra Vorwig. The seminar was developed in 2000 by Professor Paul Larsen, who retired in 2012. 

For more than seventy years, Georgetown Law’s Barristers' Council has been providing students with opportunities to hone their advocacy skills. Students chosen to join Barristers' Council begin intensive training to represent Georgetown Law at a host of national and international advocacy competitions.


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