THE PHILIP C. JESSUP INTERNATIONAL LAW MOOT COURT COMPETITION (“JESSUP”)
2017 will be the 58th year of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Jessup is the world’s largest moot court competition, with participants from over 550 law schools in more than 80 countries. The Competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations. One team is allowed to participate from every eligible school. Teams prepare oral and written pleadings arguing both the applicant and respondent positions of the case.
Thousands of law students from around the world will work all year long on the season’s Jessup Problem that will focus on the procedural and substantive issues arising from the secession of one province of a nation and its annexation into another.
Most students must first compete in qualifying competitions (mostly held in January-March) to earn the right to advance to the White & Case International Rounds held every spring in Washington, D.C.