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. Nearly 700 teams from 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 30-40 teams from all over Russia.

Since 2007 White & Case is the Global Partner of The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.

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 2020 Jessup Problem is to be released on 13 September 2019. It covers the questions of multi-fora international litigation, accountability of heads of State for war crimes, killer robots and a wall.

The registration for participants opens on 3 September and closes on 22 November 2019.

2020 Jessup Russian National Championship will be held in Moscow on 28 January – 3 February 2020.

If you have any questions regarding the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, please contact Irina Yakusheva, the Competition Coordinator for Russia ([email protected]; +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

2020 Jessup Compromis «The 2020 Jessup Problem will be released on 13 September 2019»

The Corrections and Clarifications to the 2020 Jessup Compromis «The Corrections and Clarifications to the 2020 Jessup Problem will be released on 18 November 2019»

2020 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 research databases will be available to eligible teams upon registration and payment of the registration fee.