Jessup Competition

The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

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 700 teams from almost 100 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 40 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.

The 2019 Jessup Problem (Compromis) is to be released on 14 September 2018. It covers the questions of appropriation of traditional knowledge for commercial purposes, state responsibility for corporate environmental degradation and human rights violations, and majestic herds of migratory yaks.

The registration for participants opens on 12 September and closes on 16 November 2018.

2019 Jessup Russian National Championship will be held in Moscow on 30 January – 3 February 2019.

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 [email protected]; 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

2019 Jessup Compromis

The Corrections and Clarifications to the 2019 Jessup Compromis

2019 Jessup Russian National Championship Schedule

Official Rules

Russian National Supplement to Official Rules

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 LexisNexis, Westlaw and HeinOnline will be available to eligible teams upon registration and payment of the registration fee.