This is by all accounts the most prestigious moot competition in the world. The particpation of the Faculty of Law of the University of Pretoria is coordinated by ICLA.

The Univeristy of Pretoria has a stirling record at the Jessup.

The University of Pretoria has once again won the National Rounds of the 59th edition of the Philip C Jessup International Moot Court Competition. After facing the University of the Western Cape and the University of Johannesburg, the team from the University of Pretoria was emerged as the overall winners. They also won all available categories: Over-all Best Team and Best Written Submissions and Thomas White was awarded the prize for the Best Oralist. Jessup is the world's largest moot court competition, with participants from over 645 law schools in 95 countries. The Competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations. This year, the case dealt with questions of nuclear disarmament obligations, maritime warfare and the validity of arbitral awards. Teams prepared oral and written pleadings arguing both the applicant and respondent positions of the case

The University of Pretoria’s team consisted of Mary-Ann Gettliffe (LLM), Sohela Surajpal (LLB II), Rohula Bilankulu (LLB II) and Thomas White (LLB IV). The team was coached by Gift Kgomosotho, a former Jessup champion and Best Oralist who has been appointed by ICLA.

The team has earned the rights to represent South Africa at the international rounds of the Jessup in April 2018 in Washington DC. In 2017, the University of Pretoria finished 16th in the Octo-finals of the international rounds, ranking higher than some 600 law faculties across the globe.

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 Meet the team


University of Pretoria Record of performance in the  Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition




South Africa

World Ranking

2020 Sohela Surajpal (coach)
Dunga Mashilo
Kiranteba Coetzee
Kyle Cloete
1 Alona E Evans Award for 40th best combined memorials
(International rounds were cancelled)
2019 Gift Kgomosotho (coach)
Franciscus Crouse
Ashley Makgatho
Simon Motshweni
Matikomborera Nyamadzi
1 55th
Alona E Evans Award for the 15th Best Memorials
2018 Gift Kgomosotho (coach)
Mary-Ann Getliffe
Thomas White
Sohela Surajpal
Rohula Bilankulu
1 5th
Alona E Evans Award for Best Memorial at the White & Case International Rounds
2017 Gift Kgomosotho (coach)
Mary-Ann Getliffe
Ashley Makgatho
1 16
2016 Nyambeni Davhana (coach)
Sewela Masie
Stephen Buabeng-Baidoo
Tinotenda Kakora
1 40
2015 Gift Kgomosotho (coach)
Mary-Ann Getliffe
Carlien Wolmarans
2 -
2014 Martha Bradley (coach)
Adunyiswe Gumede
Gift Kgomosotho
Alexia Katsiginis
1 34
 2013 Petronell Kruger (coach)
Adunyiswe Gumede
Tshepo Seloane
Johann van Wyk
 1 71
 2012 Petronell Kruger
Louis Botha
Khomotso Moshikaro
 1 36
 2011 Ofenstse Motlhasedi
Khomotso Moshikairo
Serena Kalbskopf
 2  -
 2010 Lourens Grove (coach)
Katherine Harding
Ian Learmonth
Margaret Ramano
Jan Norval
 1 44
 2009 Lourens Grove (coach)
Louis Botha
Avani Sing
 3  -
 2008 Lourens Grove (coach)
Louis Botha
Bianca Balmelli
Ian Learmonth
 2  -
 2007 Gus Waschefort (coach)
Jonathan Swanepoel
Avani Singh
 1 27
 2004 Landi le Roux (coach)
Magrieta Louw
Ewan Rudolph
Casper Waschefort
 1 29
 2003 Nicole Lewis (coach)
Lourens Grove
Olen Krokhina
 2  -
Combined Memorials: 3rd
 2002 Adrian d’Oliviera (coach)
Lourens Grove
Nicole Lewis
Jennifer Ndhlovu
 2  -
 2001 Dire Tladi (coach)
Anna Granova
Lourens Grove
Nicole Lewis
 1 34
 2000 Lawrence Mashava
Rafia Akram
Adrian d’Oliviera
 1 45
 1999 Frans Viljoen (coach)
Lawrence Mashava
Lulu Matakala
 1 2
Lawrence Mashava: best oralist
 1997 MP Vorster (coach)
Christene Jesseman
Dire Tladi
 1 18
 1993 Johann van der Weshuizen (coach)
Helen Fourie
Villiers Terblanche
 1  44


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