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Editor: Donald C. Clarke
George Washington University Law School

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Volunteers wanted at China Regional Jessup Moot Court Competition, Shenzhen, Feb. 6-9

Thanks to Carol Kalinoski for this notice:

The Fifth China Regional Jessup Moot Court Competition will be held next week at Shenzhen University, School of Law, on February 6-9, 2007.

The Jessup 2007 problem focuses on the increasing role of intergovernmental organizatons (IGOs), such as the European Union, in international political and economic affairs.  Despite the growth of IGOs, the traditional state-centered role of international law relegates these entities to a subsidiary role.  For example, only "states" are permitted to appear before the International Court of Justice (ICJ),.  Even though such IGOs may have rights under a treaty, they have no recourse to the ICJ.

In this year's Jessup moot court problem, a state seeks to join an IGO created by five other member states.  The controversies arise when the applicant state is thought by the IGO to have "failed" to comply with an condition of the written accession agreement.  Questions to be answered before the ICJ are whether the IGO violated international law by denying the applicant state membership in the IGO?  Also to be considered are questions of treaty law, privileges and immunities of diplomatic missions, diplomatic protection, and the law of expropriation.

There are expected to be 26 Chinese law schools participating in this year's moot, with the two winning teams advancing to the International Rounds scheduled to be held in Washington, D.C., at the end of March.

The 2007 Jessup compromis and other information concerning the Moot can be found at

Anyone interested in participating in the moot next week in Shenzhen or support the Moot in any way is encouraged to contact the Jessup administrator for China, Prof. Wenqi Zhu at Renmin University, who can be reached at

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