Adelaide Law School’s 2012 Philip C Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition team enjoyed a surprise visit in January from world-renowned international law expert Professor James Crawford SC. Professor Crawford, a graduate and former member of academic staff of Adelaide Law School, holds the Whewell Chair in International Law at the University of Cambridge, and his expertise is highly sought-after as counsel before the International Court of Justice and as an international arbitrator. Professor Crawford’s visit to Adelaide Law School followed the announcement that he is to be awarded the prestigious Manley O Hudson Medal for 2012, the highest honour bestowed by the American Society for International Law. Since 2003, Adelaide Law School has hosted the biennial James Crawford Oration on International Law in honour of Professor Crawford’s contributions to the field.
The members of Adelaide’s Jessup Moot team – Mark Giddings, James Krumrey-Quinn, Tomas Macura, Samantha Sisomphou and Jennifer Sorby-Adams, coached by Dr Matthew Stubbs – have been working extremely hard over the summer break preparing to compete in the Jessup Moot, the pre-eminent global mooting competition. The students welcomed the opportunity to discuss international law issues with Professor Crawford. Professor John Williams, Dean of Adelaide Law School, said: ‘I was thrilled that Professor Crawford was able to meet our 2012 Team. Professor Crawford is recognised as one of the world’s most distinguished scholars in the field of international law and he is a generous supporter of international law at Adelaide Law School’.
Photo below: The Jessup Moot team with Professor James Crawford SC – (left to right) Dr Matthew Stubbs (team coach), Mark Giddings, Samantha Sisomphou, Professor Crawford, Jennifer Sorby-Adams and James Krumrey-Quinn (not pictured: Tomas Macura).