A Team of LL.M. Students from AUA Will Represent Armenia at the International Round of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in Washington, DC

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YEREVAN, Armenia- For the first time in the history of the American University of Armenia (AUA), a team of LL.M. students from AUA will represent Armenia at the international round of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in Washington, DC this spring. The AUA team, composed of five law students, won the Jessup Cup during the national rounds of the competition which took place on February 13-14.

“We have no words that can express what we were feeling at the end of the competition. The experience was overwhelming,” Mariam Zadoyan, a member of the team, said. “It’s the first time that we were able to hold high the name of AUA. We didn’t sleep many nights and didn’t celebrate during the New Year season, as we were preparing for the competition.”

“We are especially thankful to our program chair Adelaida Baghdasaryan who believed in us and supported us from the first day of the preparations. It is very important to know that the University and the whole staff are behind you,” Shushanik Martirosyan, another team member, added. Her teammate Gevorg Poghosyan stressed that AUA has participated in this competition only three times. “This victory is only the beginning of a series of more victories by future AUA teams,” he said.

“We are thankful to our coaches Ara Khzmalyan and Yeghishe Kirakosyan for their invaluable work. They are the best coaches ever! Special thanks to Isabelle Merabova for her support and guidance,” team member Margarita Tovmasyan added. Her teammate Aram Aramyan expressed his gratitude for the competition organizers’ 16 years of great work.

The AUA team was also recognized in the following categories: Best Memorial, Best Oralist (Mariam Zadoyan, second round), Best Oralist (Margarita Tovmasyan, third round and overall competition).

Founded in 1991, the American University of Armenia (AUA) is a private, independent university located in Yerevan, Armenia and affiliated with the University of California. AUA provides US-style education in Armenia and the region, offering high-quality, graduate and undergraduate studies, encouraging civic engagement, and promoting public service and democratic values.

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