Thursday, February 9, 2017
The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the world's largest moot court competition. This year more than 2,000 law students at over 600 law schools in 90 countries around the world are competing in the Jessup.
The competition involves teams of law students who compete against one another through the presentation of oral and written pleadings to address timely issues of public international law in the context of a hypothetical legal dispute between nations. Each team prepares two written memorials and two 45-minute oral presentations, one for each party to the dispute (the “Applicant” and the “Respondent”). Teams argue alternately as Applicant and Respondent against competing teams before a panel of judges, simulating a proceeding before the International Court of Justice.
Qualifying Rounds have already been held in Afghanistan, Belarus, Chile, Ghana, India, Iran, and Russia.
Other countries with rounds happening right now or in the coming weeks include Armenia, Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, the Philippines, Poland, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom. Winners of the national rounds and regional qualifying rounds will travel to Washington D.C. to compete in the International Rounds.
Regional rounds are also starting in the United States, with competitions this weekend in Chicago and New York. Here are some photos from the opening team meeting in Chicago, being hosted at Loyola University of Chicago Law School.
The Jessup Competition is administered by the International Law Students Association (ILSA), a non-profit organization now based in Washington, D.C.
If you're a former Jessuper, you know the importance of this competition. Please consider helping ILSA with a small financial donation. Visit www.ilsa.org for more information about ILSA and the Jessup Competition.