Samara Cassar

This intellectual challenge has been nothing short of exhilarating.

Despite the thousands of words read and written for the Jessup Moot, words evade me when it comes to describing my Jessup experience. While I have dabbled in a range of other extra-curricular activities, I truly cannot think of any other activity in law school which can equally challenge, terrify and excite you in the way the Jessup moot does. As a team, we have sought to answer questions on international law that are yet to be answered. This intellectual challenge has been nothing short of exhilarating. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have grappled with contemporaneous issues of international concern with students from across the globe.

Throughout the week of the international finals in Washington DC we were inundated with messages of support from teams that we had competed with in the national finals in Canberra. This conviviality was replicated in the international finals, were numerous teams rallied behind us at every step of the competition. Further, I find the global community of Jessupers - individuals equally passionate about international law - particularly inspiring. To this end, our success would not have been possible without the tireless assistance and support of UQ’s Jessup community. We are indebted to the countless law firms, legal practitioners, barristers, professors, and students (most of which are past UQ Jessupers) who spent countless hours assisting us with practice moots, challenging our ideas and pushing us to be better advocates. It truly has been a team effort in every sense of the word. I am confident that the skills I developed while participating in the Jessup moot, will stand me in good stead for the remainder of my legal career.

Currently studying Bachelor of Arts/Laws

Samara Cossar