Problem: Case Concerning the Egart and the Ibra (People’s Democratic Republic of Anduchenca v. Federal Republic of Rukuruku)

Topics: The validity of interstate arbitral awards, the capture of an underwater vessel, the potential violation of nuclear disarmament obligations, and the conduct of states involved in naval warfare.

Location: Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.

Dates: 1-7 April 2018

Jessup World Cup Champion: University of Queensland (Australia)
Team Members - Claire Roberston, Julius Moller, Edward Watson, Samara Cassar, Hennie Lui Coaches - Keilin Anderson, Elizabeth Stanley

Runner Up: National Law School of India University, Bangalore (India)
Team Members - Isha Jain, Nikita Garg, Bhavesh Seth, Saarthak Jain
Coaches - Aritra Roy, Ritwik Bhattacharya

Championship Round Judges
H.E. Ronny Abraham – Judge, International Court of Justice
H.E. Kirill Gevorgian – Judge, International Court of Justice
H.E. Julia Sebutinde – Judge, International Court of Justice

Problem Author: Peter Tzeng

Executive Director: Lesley A. Benn

Best Oralist (Championship Round): Isha Jain (National Law School of India University, Bangalore)

Best Oralist (Preliminary Rounds): Tsz Ching Natalie So (University of Hong Kong)

Alona E. Evans Award for Best Memorial at International Rounds: Eötvös Loránd University (Hungary)

Hardy C. Dillard Awards for Best Combined Memorials - World & Qualifying Rounds:

1. Eötvös Loránd University - Team #365 (Hungary)
2. China University of Political Science and Law - Team #471 (China)
3. University of Chicago - Team #521 (United States of America)
4. Hertie School of Governance - Team #423 (Germany)
5. University of San Carlos - Team #634 (Philippines)

International Law Institute Award: Barbara Bazanth (Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary)

Richard R. Baxter Award for Best Applicant Memorial: University of San Carlos ( Philippines) - view

Richard R. Baxter Award for Best Respondent Memorial: University of Pretoria (South Africa) - view

Best New Team: Saints Cyril and Methodius University (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia)

Best Overall Applicant Side: Tie - National Law School of India University, Bangalore (India) and Wayne State University (United States)

Best Overall Respondent Side: Columbia Law School (United States)

Best Applicant Memorials at International Rounds:
1. National Research University Higher School of Economics (Russia)
2. Wayne State University (United States)
3. Royal University of Law and Economics (Cambodia)

Best Respondent Memorials at International Rounds:
1. Hertie School of Governance (Germany)
2. Eötvös Loránd University (Hungary)
3. China University of Political Science and Law (China)

Spirit of the Jessup Award: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain)

Steven M. Schneebaum Award: Jens Kaiser and Torben Herber (Germany); Roxanna Nazari (European Friendly)

Pamela M. Young Lifetime Achievement Award: Steven M. Schneebaum

2018 Results

2018 US Regional Results

2018 Competition Materials


  1. UN Charter (updated link)
  2. ICJ Statute
  3. Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties
  4. Articles of Responsibility of States for Internationally Wrongful Acts
  5. Geneva Conventions and Additional Protocols
  6. International Law Commission, Model Rules on Arbitral Procedure with a general commentary (1958)
  7. United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)
  8. Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT)
  9. International Court of Justice, Arbitral Award Made by the King of Spain on 23 December 1906 (Honduras v. Nicaragua), Judgment, 1960 ICJ Rep. 192
  10. International Court of Justice, Arbitral Award of 31 July 1989 (Guinea-Bissau v. Senegal), Judgment, 1991 ICJ Rep. 53 (12 November 1991)
  11. Legality of the Threat or Use of Nuclear Weapons, Advisory Opinion, 1996 ICJ Rep. 226 (8 July 1996)
  12. Legal Consequences for States of the Continued Presence of South Africa in Namibia (South West Africa) notwithstanding Security Council Resolution 276 (1970), Advisory Opinion 21 June 1971
  13. Armed Activities on the Territory of the Congo (Democratic Republic of the Congo v. Uganda), Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 2005, p. l68
  14. Oil Platforms (Islamic Republic of Iran v. United States of America), Judgment, I. C. J. Reports 2003, p. 161
  15. ICTY's Prosecutor v. Boskoski and Tarculovski, Case No. IT-04-82-T, Trial Chamber Judgment, 10 July 2008
  16. United Nations Security Council Resolution 2240 (2015)
  17. United Nations General Assembly Resolution 3314 (1974)
  18. James Kraska, “Putting Your Head in the Tiger’s Mouth: Submarine Espionage in Territorial Waters”, 54 Columbia Journal of Transnational Law 164 (2015)
  19. Stuart Kaye, “Freedom of Navigation, Surveillance and Security: Legal Issues Surrounding the Collection of Intelligence from Beyond the Littoral”, 24 Australian Year Book of International Law 93 (2005)
  20. Jasmine Moussa, "Can jus ad bellum override jus in bello? Reaffirming the separation of the two bodies of law", International Review of the Red Cross, No. 872 (2008)
  1. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
  2. North Sea Continental Shelf, Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 1969, p. 3
  3. Application of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Georgia v. Russian Federation)
  4. Obligations concerning Negotiations relating to Cessation of the Nuclear Arms Race and to Nuclear Disarmament (Marshall Islands v. United Kingdom), Memorial of the Marshall Islands (16 March 2015)
  5. Arbitral Tribunal, Croatia v. Slovenia, PCA Case No. 2012-04, Partial Award (30 June 2016)
  6. Department of Defense Law of War Manual (United States)
  7. Manual of the Law of Armed Conflict (United Kingdom)
  8. San Remo Manual on International law Applicable to Armed Conflicts at Sea
  9. International Council for Commercial Arbitration, Young ICCA Guide on Arbitral Secretaries (2014)
  10. "International Law and the Military Use of Unmanned Maritime Systems" in International Review of the Red Cross (2016), 98 (2), 567–592.
  11. Theodora Christodoulidou and Kalliopi Chainoglou, Part VII General Problems, Ch.55 The Principle of Proportionality from a Jus Ad Bellum Perspective, The Oxford Handbook of the Use of Force in International Law
  12. Ashley S. Deeks, “Taming the Doctrine of Pre-Emption” in Marc Weller (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of the Use of Force in International Law 661 (2015)
  13. Karl Hakapää, “Innocent Passage”, Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law (May 2013)
  14. Michael Wood, “The Interpretation of Security Council Resolutions, Revisited”, 20 Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law Online (2017)
  15. Georg Nolte & Albrecht Randelzhofer, “Article 51” in Bruno Simma et al. (eds.), The Charter of the United Nations: A Commentary, Volume II (3rd edition) (2012)