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The Kyiv-Mohyla Moot Court Team represented Ukraine in the International Jessup Moot Court Competition. Each year, Kyiv Mohyla Foundation provides financial support for the required travel arrangements. On behalf of the KMFoundation, many thanks to our donors who make this possible. We congratulate the law students and their professors for their national and international achievements.


Letter of thanks from Denys Azarov, Dean of the Kyiv Mohyla School of Law, to the Kyiv Mohyla Foundation for our support to the NaUKMA Jessup Competition Team in Washington, D.C.  > Download Letter (PDF)

Letter of thanks from Khrystyna Franchuk, who participated in the Jessup Moot Court competition in Washington, D.C. this year.


Dear Madam Farion,

Kyiv-Mohyla Moot Court Society expresses its deepest gratitude to Kyiv Mohyla Foundation of America for supporting the Kyiv-Mohyla Jessup team at the White & Case International Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, held in Washington D.C. on April 9-15 2017.

Jessup is the world’s largest and most prestigious moot court competition in the world with more than 600 law schools from 95 countries participating. This year, the largest amount of teams in Jessup history had the privilege to represent their countries – 143. Kyiv-Mohyla Jessup team was one of two teams which represented Ukraine at the International Rounds.


Vitalii Trachuk, Ambassador Miller, Khrystyna Franchuk, Khrystyna Knygynytska, Taras Varava; Photo: Denys Bykov

The team consisted of three 4th year students, namely Vitalii Trachuk, Khrystyna Franchuk, and Denys Bykov, coached byKyiv-Mohyla Law School alumni Taras VaravaOlha Asadcha, and 6th year student of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy Orest Franchuk. One of the team’s advisors was Baker McKenzie’s associate Khrystyna Knygynytska. The team made it to thetop-32 Advanced Rounds and scored 26 in the final team rankings. Our Memorandums were recognized as 30th best and both oralists of the team were included in the top-100 list – Vitaliy Trachuk (63rd place) and Khrystyna Franchuk (66thplace).

It goes without saying that participation in Jessup, especially its International Rounds, has significantly enhanced our skills in drafting legal arguments and eloquently presenting them before the panel of judges, which undoubtedly gives us an early head start in our legal careers. Out of 5 teams we encountered, members of 3 teams were native speakers, representing Australia, the USA, and Singapore. We gained priceless experience from competing against such distinguished opponents and it will help our law school to nurture future participants in adherence with the highest possible standards.

Vitalii Trachuk, Taras Varava, Khrystyna Franchuk, Denys Bykov; Photo: Khrystyna Knygynytska.

Vitalii Trachuk, Taras Varava, Khrystyna Franchuk, Denys Bykov; Photo: Khrystyna Knygynytska.

Apart from professional experience, Jessup gave us a lifetime opportunity of a truly global cultural exchange with participants, judges, and everyone who invested their time and passion into organizing this competition. The most controversial issues of international law, such as refugee outflows, scarcity of natural resources, and destruction of cultural heritage, dealt with by this year’s Compromis, are far from being fictional for students coming from the countries affected by those problems. Thus, Jessup is a perfect friendly arena to bring understanding among people who will most likely become the decision-makers in their countries in the nearest future.

This would not have been possible without the support of Kyiv-Mohyla Foundation and your generous donors. Please find the official thank-you letter attached below. Should you be interested in any other data regarding team’s performance at the competition, please do not hesitate to contact us.

With deep respect and gratitude,

National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” Faculty of Law,

Kyiv Mohyla Moot Court Society



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