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Wallace honoured with award trophy title

28 January 2009

Rebecca M M Wallace, Professor of International Human Rights Law at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, has had national mooting trophy named after her.

The Philip C Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition UK Cup has been named in her honour.

The Jessup Competition, which this year celebrates its 50th anniversary, is an international advocacy competition in which law students present oral and written pleadings before a simulated International Court of Justice. Every year a hypothetical scenario is devised encompassing a number of contemporary international law issues. Following national competitions, the international finals are held annually in Washington DC.

Professor Wallace’s principal discipline throughout her 33 years in academia has been international law, with a particular emphasis on human rights and increasingly the international protection afforded to asylum seekers and refugees, specifically women and children. She has written extensively within this field.

She joined the Law Department of Aberdeen Business School at RGU in 2003 from Napier University, Edinburgh, where she was head of the School of Law.

The new cup, for the UK competition, is the Rebecca M M Wallace Trophy. It replaces the Fitzmaurice Cup, which had been awarded to the winning team for the previous 35 years. The UK national administration commissioned a new trophy and decided to name it in honour of the person who had contributed the most time, effort and commitment to the UK Jessup competition in recent years.

Keith Norton, UK national administrator, said: "Professor Wallace has been an exceptional coach. Her teams have won the championship on no less than nine occasions for three different universities - Strathclyde, Napier and Robert Gordon University. She has been selfless in her promotion of the UK and international competitions and is a recognised Jessup judge of the highest calibre.”

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