Promise Institute Students Participate in International Competitions

June 1, 2019
Astghik Hairapetian '20 and Andrea Gonzalez '20 at the Inter-American Human Rights competition.
Astghik Hairapetian '20 and Andrea Gonzalez '20 at the Inter-American Human Rights competition.

Three teams of Promise Institute students competed in top moot court events in the spring of 2019, taking on challenging simulations alongside human rights law students from around the world.

In May, Astghik Hairapetian '20 and Andrea Gonzalez '20 traveled to American University's Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C., to participate in the Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition. A trilingual (English, Portuguese, and Spanish) event that draws teams from across North America, South America and beyond, the competition trains law students how to use the Inter-American human rights legal system as a forum to address violations. The 2019 competition focused on the human rights of migrants. UCLA Law's team won the award for Best Written Memorial in English.

Class of '19 members Mia Lattanzi, JD Dombrosky and Erin French at the Jean-Pictet competition.

A month earlier, Mia Lattanzi, Erin French and JD Dombrosky, all members of the Class of 2019, travelled to Obernai, France, to participate in the Jean-Pictet International Humanitarian Law Competition. The objective of the Jean Pictet competition is to "take law out of the books" by engaging participants in a range of simulations and roles centered on a fictitious armed conflict. The team reached the semi-finals of the competition, the second UCLA Law team to do so in two years.

Class of '20 members Bridget Spencer, Alex Bookout and Ahmad Soliman at the Clara Barton competition.

In March 2019, Alex Bookout, Bridget Spencer and Ahmad Soliman, all members of the Class of 2020, participated in the Clara Barton International Humanitarian Law Competition in Washington, D.C. The competition, sponsored by the American Red Cross, is a simulation-based event for law students and members of military academies in North and South America.

Each team was coached by Jessica Peake, assistant director of the Promise Institute for Human Rights.

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