Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

2015 will be the 56th year of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Jessup is the world's largest moot court competition, with participants from over 550 law schools in more than 80 countries. The Competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations. One team is allowed to participate from every eligible school. Teams prepare oral and written pleadings arguing both the applicant and respondent positions of the case.

Thousands of law students from around the world will work all year long on the season's Jessup Problem that will focus on the procedural and substantive issues arising from the secession of one province of a nation and its annexation into another. 

Most students must first compete in qualifying competitions (mostly held in January-March) to earn the right to advance to the White & Case International Rounds held every spring in Washington, D.C.

For frequent updates on the Jessup Competition, please follow The Jessup and White & Case Jessup on Twitter

You can hear the Chairman of White & Case explain why he thinks you should compete in the Jessup Competition here.

Jessup 2015

The Jessup 2015 Official Schedule is now available.



For information from prior competition years, please see the Jessup Online Archive.


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