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Record Number of Teams Set to Compete in Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

Thousands of students will explore a case concerning human rights and refugee issues in the world's largest moot court competition

Global law firm White & Case LLP today announced that 645 teams, representing 95 countries, are registered to participate in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. This marks the highest level of participation in the Competition's 58-year history.

Students will be competing from a number of countries that are fielding teams for the first time—among them Jordan, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia. A record-setting number of teams are expected to participate in countries such as China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Pakistan and Uganda. As many as 19 teams will compete in Afghanistan.

Administered by the International Law Students Association, the Jessup requires teams to present oral and written arguments on a hypothetical case to a simulated International Court of Justice. The arguments are judged by lawyers from around the globe who volunteer their time to this important competition.

The legal issues in this year's hypothetical case address the right to food and water, transboundary aquifers and the resulting refugee crises.

Teams will compete in national and regional competitions to earn the right to represent their countries in April at the White & Case International Rounds, where they will vie for the top prize—the White & Case Jessup Cup.

"Jessup participants have gone on to careers as high-level government officials, activists, judges, and as lawyers in leading law firms around the world," said White & Case Chairman Hugh Verrier. "The Jessup is a great way for law students to build practical skills that carry over into successful international legal careers."

White & Case will sponsor or host the following Jessup competitions:

  • Australia – February 7-11
  • Brazil – March 3-6
  • Belgium – February 18
  • Czech Republic – February 24
  • France – February 16-18
  • Georgia – February 25-26
  • Hong Kong – February 18
  • Poland – February 20-22
  • Russia – February 1-5
  • Slovakia – February 24
  • South Africa – February 25
  • South Korea – February 18
  • Turkey – February 18-19
  • United Kingdom – February 24-26
  • Washington, DC, US Mid-Atlantic Regional – February 16-19
  • Washington, DC, White & Case International Rounds – April 9-15

The importance and scope of the Jessup has been portrayed in a feature-length documentary film, ALL RISE: Journeys to a Just World. The film follows seven law students as they struggle with complex legal and personal issues in their journey through the Jessup season. ALL RISE was selected for the 2015 DOC NYC and 2016 Manchester Film Festival, where it received a Jury Award, and the 2016 United Nations Association Film Festival. For more details on the film, including a trailer, please visit

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