Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 16:15
A reception was held on April 5, 2018 to recognize the AUIS moot court team that traveled to Washington, DC to participate in the 59th annual Jessup International Moot Court Competition.
Some 25 guests attended the evening reception, including AUIS alumni, staff, and supporters, in addition to members of the board of trustees for the University and American University of Iraq Foundation (AUIF), and Iraqi Ambassador the U.S., H.E. Dr. Fareed Yasseen, and KRG Representative to the U.S., Ms. Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman.
Mr. Thor Halvorson, who is a member of both the University and Foundation boards, hosted and sponsored the reception. Mr. Halvorson expressed the pride everyone in the room and at the University felt for this amazing moot court team, which overcame great odds to win the Iraqi national title and represent the country on the international stage.
AUIS professor Dr. Barin Kayaoglu joined the team in Washington as faculty advisor after temporarily taking over for Prof. Ali Ahmed who led the team though the national qualifying rounds in Erbil. Dr. Kayaoglu expressed thanks to Professors Jeffrey Konczol and Ali Ahmed for their work preparing the Jessup team for the national and international competition. He also thanked the Stanford University Law School and Erik Jensen, Director of Stanford’s Rule of Law program, for their ongoing partnership with AUIS in legal education and help in establishing AUIS’s law minor.
AUIS Senior and moot team member Mohammed Nasih Mohammed shared with guests the importance of AUIS to himself and his classmates. Mr. Mohammed credited critical thinking, instruction in English, and AUIS’s liberal arts education for the tremendously positive and powerful education experience that AUIS students enjoy.
Liza O’Connor-Stroud, AUIS VP Advancement thanked the international law firm, Amereller, for its corporate sponsorship of this event. Ms. O’Connor-Stroud shared with event attendees that this is a particularly exciting time at AUIS as the University is seeking a number of new undergraduate majors: Law, Architectural Engineering, Software Engineering, and Translation Science, in addition to a Masters degree program in Information Technology.
Eleanor Moulakis, widow of the late AUIS President Athanasios Moulakis, closed out the formal part of the program by expressing how proud her husband would be of the moot court team’s success and how delighted he would be about the progress AUIS is making in establishing a law program.