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Moscow: The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

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The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations. Student teams prepare oral and written pleadings arguing both the applicant and respondent positions of the case. Over 550 teams from nearly 90 countries participate in the Jessup Competition every year, making it the largest moot court competition in the world. Founded in 1959, it is administered around the world by the International Law Students Association (ILSA).

In 2002 White & Case founded the Russian National Championship of the Jessup Competition. Since then, a team of White & Case lawyers and administrators have organized the Championship every year. Rather quickly Russian National Championship has become one of the world's largest national competitions, every year welcoming around 45 teams from all over Russia.

In 2007 White & Case became the Global Partner of The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Each year White & Case sponsors a number of national Jessup competitions; the list has included Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Georgia, Poland, Russia, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and some other countries. In 2011 White & Case also became the sponsor of the International Rounds of the Competition and the Jessup Cup.

Around the world, participation in the Jessup Competition is regarded as a great start for a career in law. The contest engages students in legal research, preparing written submissions to a Court and presenting oral arguments in a courtroom setting. The competition is held entirely in English, which makes it challenging but also very exciting.

In order to participate in the Jessup Competition, each university is to form a team consisting of 2 to 5 law students. Good level of English is crucial for potential participants. The 2017 Jessup Problem (Compromis) is to be released on 2 September 2016. The registration for participants opens on the same date and closes on 18 November 2016.

2017 Jessup Russian National Championship will be held in Moscow on 1-5 February 2017.

If you have any questions regarding the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, please contact Irina Yakusheva, the Competition Coordinator for Russia at; t: +7 495 645 4969.

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For more information on the Jessup Competition, please check the websites of the International Law Students Association and Threefold LLC.


Competition Materials

2017 Jessup Compromis

Correction and Clarifications to the Compromis (The Corrections and Clarifications to the 2017 Jessup Compromis will be released on 18 November 2016)

2017 Jessup Official Schedule

2017 Jessup Russian National Championship Schedule

Official Rules

Russian National Supplement to Official Rules

Russian Jessup Charter of Coaching

Frequently Asked Questions


Useful Information and Resources

Suggested Questions for Basic Preparation to the Jessup Competition

Suggested Sources for Basic Preparation to the Jessup Competition

Access codes to LexisNexisWestlaw and HeinOnline will be available to eligible teams upon registration and payment of the registration fee.