The University at Buffalo Law School’s five-member Moot Court team just missed advancing to the international round of a recent global competition after losing a split decision in the semifinals of the Midwestern regionals.

The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is held across the globe, with the top two teams from each regional advancing to the International Round in Washington D.C.

UB advanced past the quarterfinals by beating the traditionally strong Valparaiso University team. In the semifinals, UB lost to Loyola University of Chicago in a split decision, a very rare event in Jessup competitions.

This was the best performance by any UB team in the Jessup competition since 2002. Last year, UB finished ninth in the Midwestern regionals.

Team members were Michael Das, Jonathan Dominik, John Land, Jessica Noto and Henry Zomerfeld. The team was coached by 2009 UB graduates Kevin Espinosa and Michael Hecker, both associates as Hodgson Russ.

This year’s competition focused on issues concerning human rights, sovereign debt and the effect of rising sea levels on statehood.