Young lawyers and law students attended the Conference and participated in the inaugural YPLF Moot Court Competition where their oral argument skills were tested and strengthened.

The YPLF Moot Court was an oral argument-only competition modeled on the Jessup International Law Competition. It featured an original legal problem set in post-Oslo Palestine: a fictional, but plausible, contentious case between Palestine and Israel before the International Court of Justice.

The competition problem required competitors to grapple with issues of self-determination, permanent sovereignty over natural resources, denunciation of international agreements, good faith in negotiations, and other international law concepts relevant to the question of Palestine. The YPLF Moot thus challenged young lawyers and law students to sharpen their advocacy in an exciting,
English-language, public international law simulation.

At the outset, YPLF moot court competitors were divided into teams of balanced legal experience, and worked collaboratively with their teammates over the Conference’s first three days to develop their oral argument. Competitors had access to expert advisors to help them practice and craft their case arguments.

The preliminary rounds took place on Thursday, 4 August. The semifinals and finals were held on Friday, 5 August. On the final day, teams conducted live oral arguments in front of an audience of conference attendees and simulation judges comprised of top legal scholars and practitioners on the subject of Palestine and international law.


Congratulations to all competitors and to our first-place team and best oralist. Scholarships will be awarded to members of the first-place team, with team members and their arguments profiled in the Conference journal. 

1st Place

Elias al-Hihi, Amjad Abu Lafi, Thaer Aliwaiwi

Best Oralist

Elias al-Hihi

Pictured from left to right: competitor Saif Ansari; best oralist Elias al-hihi; and competitor Amjad Abu Lafi.  

Pictured from left to right: competitor Saif Ansari; best oralist Elias al-hihi; and competitor Amjad Abu Lafi.