ILSA is delighted to announce that 2009 is the 50th Anniversary Year of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. The 2009 competition season officially began on 30 September 2008 with the release of the Jessup Problem, the “Compromis”, which addressed, inter alia, the responsibility of the international community to protect populations from humanitarian disasters, the status of the death penalty under international law, and the power and authority of the International Court of Justice. The Anniversary year culminated with the Shearman & Sterling International Rounds in Washington, D.C., 22-28 March, 2009.
To mark the Anniversary, ILSA planned an array of events and presentations to reflect upon the past fifty years of the Jessup and to reenergize for the next fifty years to come. The programme for the Shearman & Sterling International Rounds was specially designed to highlight the competition’s influence on the field of international law, to feature the generations of international lawyers it has produced, and to honor the many volunteers who have contributed to the Competition’s success.
ILSA formed a 50th Anniversary Honorary Committee, chaired by Judge Stephen M. Schwebel, former ICJ Judge and author of the inaugural Jessup Problem. The members of the Honorary Committee are some of the most accomplished scholars, jurists, and practitioners of international law. Together with Judge Schwebel and the Committee, ILSA was able to publicize the commemoration of the Anniversary and engage the entire international community. ILSA also partnered with sister organizations such as the American Society of International Law, the American Branch of the International Law Association, and the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law, as well as international organizations, international tribunals, educational institutions, and embassies.
Jessup 50th Anniversary Celebration
On Friday, March 27, 2009, the International Law Students Association and American Society of International Law co-hosted a formal dinner celebration at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. to honor 50 years of the Jessup Competition. Former ICJ Presidents, Rosalyn Higgins and Stephen M. Schwebel, were featured speakers. More than 800 people attended the gala dinner, bringing together students and lawyers from all over the world. For pictures and more information on this event, please go to the Jessup 50th Anniversary Celebration Page.
Other Hightlighted Events
Friends of the Jessup Reception
Go-National Dress Ball
The “Reverse Moot”
Jessup Trivia Night
Final Jessup Party