Late last month, around the 29th February 2020, we brought to you news that Uganda Christian University (UCU) won the national rounds of the Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition that took place at Cavendish University and would be representing Uganda and the university.
The international rounds were scheduled to take place on the 12th to Saturday April 2020.
Word reaching Campus Bee is that the scheduled rounds have been cancelled due to the corona virus threat. The communication was made public on the Jessup social media pages like Twitter yesterday in a press release.
“A growing and substantial number of teams have informed us that because of local conditions or school or governmental regulations, they are unable to attend the international rounds” reads the statement in part. The same reasoning has been issued by the judges.
“In the end, we have concluded that it is impossible to proceed with the international rounds” it adds.
As a result of this, “the Jessup Cup will not be awarded this year.” There will however be prizes given to the best memorials which might be in a live stream awarding ceremony and speeches that is currently being explored by the organizers.
A similar statement was also released on the 3rd March expressing scepticism that the international rounds would take place, but never the less opted to continue with the preparations. The conditions seem to worsen after the declaration of the virus as a global pandemic.
UCU will therefore not be taking part in the competitions this year. However, according to the statement, the competitions will be reconvened next year.
Below is the full statement.