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Team 2019

Telders Moot Court Team 2019

Das aktuelle Telders Moot Court Team 2019

v.l.n.r. Amparo Sanz Segui, Eugen Esman, Hannah Köbberling und Jasmina Benscheidt

Amparo Sanz Segui (22) was born in Valencia, Spain. She and her family moved to Germany when she was in primary school. They settled at the French-German border in Southern Germany. It was during Amparo’s high school years that her urge to learn more about the French culture and language emerged. With the help of a regional scholarship, she had the opportunity to be part of a cultural exchange and stayed in a small town on the west coast of France for a year.

She successfully graduated with three school leaving certificates: German, French and also in her mother tongue Spanish.

The idea to study law came to the surface very soon. Amparo thus decided to pursue her law studies at the University of Cologne with the focus being on International Law and French Law.

Besides law school, she is highly interested in shaping our society by contributing to different projects like saving food, combating teenage criminality and helping young adults with legal issues.

Motivated by the benefits of comparative studies in law, and submerging in other countries’ culture and language, Amparo chose to participate in the Erasmus student exchange and spent one semester in the Italian city of Verona. Not only did she enlarge her knowledge of Italian but she also gained an insight into how Italian lawyers work and how their country’s legal system is shaped.

Amparo and her enthusiasm for foreign languages, cultures and legal systems sees the moot court as the missing piece in her academic continuity. She can’t wait to compete with the others to win whilst learning and growing on a personal and academic level as she goes through the process.

Eugen Esman (22) was born in Kiev, Ukraine. He and his family migrated to Germany when he was 6 years old and settled near the city of Cologne. Eugen successfully graduated from Geschwister-Scholl-Gymnasium, Pulheim. Before pursuing his studies of law at the University of Cologne, he attended medical school at university for two years. Today Eugen is commencing his third Semester in law.

Besides the Moot Court, his priorities lie in raising his 11-month-old son, Morten. Eugen works as a student assistant at the department for state philosophy and the politics of law at the University of Cologne. In his free time, Eugen is an active member of the student council of his faculty. He takes part in commissions and departments to support his fellow students. Likewise, he engages in real-life politics, his political party and its youth organization.

Through his elective module in the “Certificate for United States Law” program, Eugen developed his fascination for foreign legal systems and international law itself. Confronted with controversial topics and legal disputes, he decided to take on the challenge of an international Moot Court competition.

Eugen is excited to spend time with his team mates during the Telders Moot Court. Having the chance to work together with his team in a close space and high-pressure situation is both frightening and thrilling to him. He strives to advance his practical legal skills, especially persuasion in written and oral form.

Hannah Köbberling (22) was born in Frankfurt am Main where she successfully graduated from Schillerschule in July 2015. She currently studies law at the University of Cologne and is in her 7th semester.

In addition to her general studies, Hannah participates in the CUSL-Program on US-American law, which allows her to gain knowledge of a foreign legal system and to improve her language skills.

Apart from studying law, Hannah gathered work experience as a student assistant and as an intern at international law firms and at the regional court of Cologne. Thus, she has already gained an insight into the job of a lawyer, as well as of a judge - a useful tool for her participation in this year’s Telders International Law Moot Court.

Hannah sees the Telders International Law Moot Court as a unique opportunity to improve her rhetorical skills in English and broaden her knowledge of international law. She cannot wait to work along with her team members towards their common goal: to make their participation a great success.

Jasmina Benscheidt (23) studies law at the University of Cologne and is in her 8th semester.

She was born in Dortmund and graduated from Leibniz Gymnasium in 2013, after which she completed a voluntary social year in an elementary school assisting a child with special needs.

Having grown up in an environment in which social and political matters have always been of importance, Jasmina was taught values striving towards enabling a peaceful, tolerant and just society and developed an interest in practicing and applying them in a national and international context.

After volunteering in a home for asylum seekers in her hometown, Jasmina completed an internship with a lawyer for asylum law, after which she decided to commence her law studies. In Cologne, Jasmina joined the Amnesty International student group, where she is constantly confronted with cases concerning breaches of international law. During her exchange semester at the University of Amsterdam, Jasmina participated in courses from the Public International Law Master’s programme, which further strengthened her interest in this area of law and encouraged her to pursue it. Jasmina has always had great enthusiasm for the English language and immensely enjoys speaking it, which is why she participates in the CUSL-programme (US Law).

Jasmina views the Moot Court not only as a unique opportunity to further improve her rhetorical skills in English but also to practice law first-hand in a team motivated by mutual enthusiasm for international law. Jasmina looks forward to the personal and professional benefits that engaging in extracurricular activities bring.

Das Team mit ihrer Coachin Laura Hughes-Gerber

Team 2018

Ergebnis der Telders Moot Court Competition

An der diesjährigen Telders International Law Moot Court Competition haben insgesamt 23 internationale Teams teilgenommen. Das Kölner Team hat sich in der internationalen Vorrunde gegen den Gastgeber der Universität Leiden (Niederlande), die Nationale Universität Kiew-Mohyla-Akademie (Ukraine), Honourable Society of Inner Temple (England) und die Universität von Lettland (Lettland) durchgesetzt und das Finale im Friedenspalast in Den Haag erreicht.

Im hochspannenden Finale, geleitet von den Richtern James Crawford, Giorgio Gaja und John Dugard, plädierte das Kölner Team als Beklagte gegen das Klägerteam von der Demokrit-Universität Thrakien (Griechenland) und konnte den Wettbewerb am Ende für sich entscheiden. Das Kölner Team wurde darüber hinaus für den besten Beklagtenschriftsatz mit dem Carnegie Preis ausgezeichnet und insbesondere von Judge Crawford für den herausragenden Schriftsatz gelobt.

Wir gratulieren dem Team herzlich zu seinem Sieg!

Telders Moot Court Team 2018

Our curent Telders Moot Court Team for the 2018 competition, from left to right: Antonia Kratz, Frederic Kupsch, Lisa Schöttmer, France Oly

Antonia Kratz (20) was born in Wermelskirchen and graduated from the Städtisches Gymnasium Wermelskirchen in 2014. She currently studies law at the University of Cologne in her 7th semester. Due to her strong interest in international law, she focused on International and European Law as her specialisation. In addition to her general studies, she also completed the CUSL-Program on US-American law which allowed her to gain knowledge of a foreign legal system. Apart from studying law, Antonia works as a student assistant at a law firm in Cologne. Antonia sees the Telders Moot Court as a unique opportunity to work in a team towards a common goal. As a participant, she looks forward to improving her rhetorical skills in English and broadening her knowledge of international law as this is a subject she wants to focus on in her future career.

Frederic Kupsch (22) studies law at the University of Cologne and is in his 6th semester. He was born in Cologne and graduated from Heinrich-Heine-Gymnasium, Cologne in 2014. One year later he received a scholarship from the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes. He developed his interest in International Law during his studies at Vilnius University, Lithuania in 2017. In Vilnius, Frederic focused mainly on International Law and in particular on International Humanitarian Law. Moreover, he attended courses dealing with the legal framework of NGOs and Human Rights in Europe. Following journeys to Russia, Belarus and the Baltic States, his preference for Eastern European policy and culture was strengthened. Alongside his studies, he was project manager at Talented e.V., a music competition in schools. Currently, he organises children's summer holiday camps with the Protestant church. Frederic sees his participation in the Telders Moot Court as an opportunity to use his knowledge in International Law in practice. Furthermore, he wants to improve his debating skills in English.

Lisa Schöttmer (21) studies law at the University of Cologne and is in her 5th semester. She was born and raised in Gechingen, a small town at the edge of the Black Forest in Baden-Württemberg, and graduated from the Maria von Linden-Gymnasium in 2015. During a high school year abroad in Santa Rosa, California, she participated in several Model United Nations Competitions with her school, where she developed her strong interest in international relations. The lecture on European and International Law during her law studies then further sparked that interest By participating in the Telders Moot Court, Lisa recognises the great challenge and experience to work in a team and develop her rhetorical skills and aspires to extend her knowledge in Public International Law as she plans to focus on international law as her specialisation.

France Oly is nearing completion of a bachelor in legal linguistics with a focus on the European Union at the University of Cologne and is treating herself to some Moot Court fun before changing over to a law studies program. What led her to this decision was her passion for rhetorics (this is where growing up in a multilingual environment comes in handy) and her zest for (public) international law, an interest that probably stems from her inherent curiosity in how States interact on a global level. It is this global level, that calling multiple European countries "home" and getting to know different (transpacific) cultures through travelling light, which perceptively shifted her perspective. And it is on this global level that she believes actual and legal inequalities and environmental challenges can be solved. As the oldest of four siblings, France early on developed a strong sense of justice and notion of ensuring everyone gets their fair share. It was this fundamental impulse that pushed her to engage in various local action committees, such as her High School's Fairtrade committee or the local Amnesty International group, as well as in politics and most recently, to sign up for studying law. She is pursuing her penchant for foreign legal cultures by taking part in the CUSL program. France recognises the Telders Moot court as a unique opportunity to improve her oral skills and meet like-minded students from all over Europe. Most of all, she's looking forward to working closely and with dedication with her team members on a precise issue in public international law as she's convinced that individual commitment to a group effort is what makes a project work.

Our curent Moot Court Team with their Coach, Laura Hughes-Gerber