Compromis: Case Concerning the Children of the Mount Zolo Disaster (Laurentia v. Caledon)

Topics: Rights of the Child/Law of Abduction, Legitimacy of Sanctions, Extraterritorial Jurisdiction, Reparations Under the ICJ, Import Bans

Location: ANA Hotel, Washington, D.C.

Date: April 12, 1997

Jessup World Cup Champion
Universidad Catolica Andres Bello (Venezuela)
Team Members – Ana Maria Hernandez, Antonio Carlos Lopez, Juan A. Olavarria, Maria T. Arcaya

Runner Up
University of Calgary (Canada)
Team Members – Tean-Rae Kerr, Kathy L. Krug, Neil S. Sankoff, Brian J. Thiessen

Final Round Judges

Roy S. Lee – Director, Codification Division, United Nations
Rudolf Bernhardt – Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public & International Law (Heidelberg)
Diane P. Wood – Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit

Problem Authors

Concept: Steven M. Schneebaum, Esq. – Patton Boggs LLP

The 1997 Jessup Problem was a cooperative effort among ILSA, the American Society of International Law (ASIL), and the Friends of the Jessup. Primary authors/reviewers were: Angeline Chen, Carol Kalinoski, Jose Alvarez, and Cynthia Price Cohen. 

Executive Director: Kate Greene

Executive AssistantCarol T. Monroe

Best Oralist (Championship Round): Maria Teresa Arcaya, Universidad Catolica Andres Bello (Venezuela) 

Oralist (Preliminary Rounds): Julie Campos, University of Western Australia (Australia)

Best Memorial  – Int’l. Rounds (Alona E. Evans Award): University of Vienna (Austria)

Best Memorial – World Regional Rounds (Hardy C. Dillard Award)University of Colorado (USA)

1997 Records: 

Number of Teams Worldwide: 280

Number of Teams at the International Rounds: 55

Number of Countries44

Number of Countries at the International Rounds44