The 2016 Jessup Team
The 2016 Bonn Jessup Team won the Runner-up award for best memorials and finished 6th overall at the German National Rounds.
Holly Wesener, J.D., LL.M., Laura-Isabell Dietz (Jessup Team 2015), and Kristin Trittermann (Jessup Team 2015) coached the team.
Nicolas Beckmann started his law studies in 2013 after graduating from Johann-Gottfried Herder Gymnasium in Cologne. He is a board member of the Bonn chapter of the European Law Students' Association (ELSA) and is currently in the final semester of the FFA program, where he is learning the principles of Anglo-American law and Legal English vocabulary. His interest in international law was founded while attending a Model United Nations Conference in school. Apart from English, he also has good knowledge of the French language.
Miriam Heipertz started studying law at the University of Bonn in 2012, after having spent six months volunteering as a tutor at the Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. During her Erasmus year at the Arsenal University in Toulouse, she studied International Law and gained Moot Court experience through her participation at the French Concours Cassin on European Human Rights. Completing an internship at the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg and participating successfully at the ICJ simulation of the Bonn International Model United Nations conference allowed her to increase her knowledge of Public International Law and strengthened her wish to participate in the Jessup Competition. Ms. Heipertz currently works as a student assistant at the chair of Professor Dr. Stuckenberg in Bonn, the director of the Institute for German, Foreign and International Criminal Law.
Alexander Muth graduated in 2012 from the Johannes-Kepler-Gymnasium Reutlingen and began studying law in 2013 after switching his major from biological sciences. He is a member of the editorial board of the Bonner Rechtsjournal, the student law review of the University of Bonn and works at the Diakonie Bonn in the field of family assistance. He had his first experiences with Public International Law during an internship where he was confronted with questions concerning the law of the sea. He is also part of the local Amnesty International group where he is currently involved in the North Korea working group.
Magdalena Schneider enrolled to study law at the University of Bonn after graduating from school in 2012. During her school time she enjoyed several exchange opportunities, including attending Kristin Senior High School in Auckland, New Zealand. After finishing her intermediate exam, Magdalena spent one semester at the University of Westminster in London where she completed courses in public international law, global studies and international relations. Ms. Schneider sees the Jessup as an opportunity to increase her knowledge in this area and acquire practical legal skills while working on a team. She holds dual American-German citizenship and also has knowledge of French.
The 2016 Jessup Problem, The Case Concerning the Frost Files, concerned the legality of mass surveillance programs and the international legal consequences of cyberattacks attributable to states.
Bonn Team Wins Prize for Memorials at the German Jessup Competition
Nicolas Beckmann, Miriam Heipertz, Alexander Muth and Magdalena Schneider represented the University of Bonn at the German National Rounds of the 2016 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition hosted by LMU and the Bundeswehr University Munich from 24-28 February. Over twenty teams participated in the competition. The Bonn team took home the runner up prize for best memorials and finished sixth overall. This was the third year in a row that Bonn made it to the quarter finals by placing among the top eight teams in the preliminary rounds. Miriam Heipertz was also recognized for her individual 8th place finish out of more than 70 oralists. Holly Wesener coached the team with the help of students Laura Dietz and Kristin Trittermann, both members of Bonn's 2015 team.
The Jessup is the world’s largest moot court competition, with participants from over 550 law schools in more than 80 countries. The competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice. Bonn students receive the winter semester as a ‘free semester’ to prepare oral and written pleadings for both the applicant and respondent positions of the case. Applications for the 2016-2017 team are due by June 10.