GW Wins National Security Moot Court Competition

Bryce Blum (third from right) and Joshua Champagne (second from right) won the Harold H. Greene and Joyce Hens Green National Security Law Moot Court Competition; Mr. Blum was selected as best oralist. Judges were Richard Leon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (far right), Andrew Effron of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (second from left), and David Delaney, a U.S. government attorney specializing in cybersecurity, infrastructure protection, and information sharing (far left).

Would a U.S. cyber “takedown” of an unwitting foreign host for terrorists require congressional approval under the War Powers Resolution, and can courts entertain this question? 

These were the issues that challenged 24 teams from law schools around the country competing in GW’s annual Harold H. Greene and Joyce Hens Green National Security Moot Court Competition. En route to the final round, the teams competed in preliminary and semifinal rounds before panels of public and private practitioners from across D.C.’s national security law community. The GW Law team of Bryce Blum and Joshua Champagne emerged victorious in the final round.

The competition represented countless hours of hard work by Student Chair Kyle Jones and Vice Chairs Madeline Cohen and Laura Duncan, along with Brianna Carbonneau, assistant director of advocacy programs, and Professor Peter Raven-Hansen, who served as faculty adviser. The GW team was ably coached by adjunct faculty member Stephen Cash, who also coached last year’s team. 

The competition, which was launched by GW Law students in 1992, is the only one of its kind in the nation.