The International Law Students Association is a non-profit association of students and lawyers who are dedicated to the promotion of international law. ILSA provides students with opportunity to study, research, and network in the international legal arena. The organization's activities include academic conferences, publications, the global coordination of student organizations, and the administration of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.
ILSA relies on monetary donations from sponsors to cover the costs of administering the Jessup Competition and other educational programs for law students around the world. Donations to ILSA help provide critical assistance to students who would not otherwise be able to participate in ILSA activities. Both ILSA and the Jessup Competition have a growing presence in many developing nations where international legal education is still in its infancy. Your contribution will help bring together students from all parts of the world to participate in educational and cultural exchanges that will prepare them for successful careers as leaders in the field of international law.
2009 Jessup Team from Washington University in St. Louis with the team from Royal University of Law and Economics, Cambodia, whose participation it helped finance thanks to a generous gift from LexisNexis.
"After qualifying for the International Rounds by winning the U.S. Midwest Super Regional Rounds, our team was awarded a $500 prize sponsored by LexisNexis. Although our team had sacrificed countless hours in the library mining potential sources, reading up on our topics and trying to craft 'the perfect argument,' we knew that other teams would have to make even greater sacrifices in order to compete.
Our team decided to donate its LexisNexis award to help the Royal University of Law and Economics participate as the first ever Cambodian team in the Jessup. At the time it was something we recognized as a friendly gesture, but the response from Royal University really opened our eyes.
While we were able to focus all of our energy on the Jessup Problem, this team had to write memorials and practice every day not knowing if they would have the funding to travel to the International Rounds. Thanks in part to our donation, our teams met for the first time at the International Rounds in Washington, D.C. We became fast friends, wishing each other luck before every round and touring U.S. Mint and National Mall together.
The Jessup is about cooperation across borders, and ultimately, relationships. Our team learned a little of that from competing, but forging friendships by helping a new Jessup team to participate in the Competition made the difference."
- Andrew Lucas, 2009 Jessup Team Member, Washington University in St. Louis School of Law