About ILSA



A) ILSA is committed to protecting your privacy.

This website is administered by the International Law Students Association (“ILSA”). ILSA wants you to feel secure when visiting our website and is committed to maintaining your privacy when doing so. This Online Privacy Policy applies to data collected by ILSA through its website. Please read this ILSA Online Privacy Policy very carefully.

Our site may contain links to other websites over which we have no control. ILSA is not responsible for the privacy policies or practices of other websites to which you choose to link from this site.

B) What information does ILSA gather?

ILSA gathers information in two ways:

  • (1) Indirectly (through our site's technology); and
  • (2) Directly (when you provide information to us).

One example of information we collect indirectly is information collected through our Internet access logs. When you access the ILSA website, your Internet address is automatically collected and is placed in our Internet access logs. We may also record the URLs of the websites and pages you visit (before, during and after your visit to any ILSA Website), the times and dates of such visits, information about the computer hardware and software you use and other information that may be available.

Additionally, we collect information directly from you in a number of ways, including through the use of cookies. Cookies are small files of information which save and retrieve information about your visit to the ILSA website—for example, how you entered our site, how you navigated through the site, and what information was of interest to you. The cookies we use identify you merely as a number. However, if you are uncomfortable regarding the use of cookies, you can disable cookies on your computer by changing the settings in preferences or options menu in your browser.

We also collect information directly when you voluntarily submit it to us. We may provide the opportunity to sign-up for a periodic email newsletter by entering in your email address. It is completely up to you whether or not you want to provide such information. Additionally, we collect personal information when you register online for the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.

C) How does ILSA use this information?

We analyse the information we gather to determine what is most effective about our site, to help us identify ways to improve it, and eventually, to determine how we can tailor the ILSA website to make it more effective.

The personal information ILSA collects when you register online for the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is used to administer the competition.

We may also use data for other purposes, which we would describe to you at the point we collect the information.

D) Will we share this with non-ILSA parties?

Information that we collect may be stored and processed in and transferred between any of the countries in which ILSA, its respective partners, affiliates or contractors, has offices in order to enable ILSA to use the information as set out in this Online Privacy Policy. If you are in the European Union, Canada or Australia, information which you provide may be transferred to countries (including the United States) which do not have data protection laws equivalent to those in force in the European Union, Canada or Australia. You expressly agree to such transfers. ILSA will only share personal information with non-ILSA parties with your consent, as required by law or to protect ILSA, its customers, or the public, or with companies that help us fulfil our obligations with you, and then only with partners who share ILSA’s commitment to protecting your privacy and data. We will respect and protect your privacy as set out in this Online Privacy Policy and we will not sell individual information.

We reserve the right to disclose any information that we obtain through any ILSA website to appropriate governmental or regulatory authorities, if required by law or any governmental agency.

E) How does ILSA protect sensitive personal information?

Other than the information you provide when you register for Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, we do not seek to collect sensitive personal information through this site. By providing the information, you consent to our proposed uses of such information. If you provide us with unsolicited sensitive personal information, you consent to our using the information subject to applicable law as described in this Online Privacy Policy. "Sensitive personal information" includes to the various categories of personal information and data identified by United States, European and other privacy laws as requiring special treatment, including in some circumstances the need to obtain explicit consent. These categories include personal identity numbers, personal data about personality and private life, racial or ethnic origin, nationality, political opinions, membership of political parties or movements, religious, philosophical or other similar beliefs, membership of a trade union or profession or trade association, physical or mental health, genetic code, addictions, sexual life, property matters or criminal record (including information about suspected criminal activities).

F) What access do you have to your information?

You are entitled to know whether we hold information about you and, if we do, the type of information, the purposes for which we hold it, the possible recipients or types of recipients and to have access to that information and require it to be corrected if it is inaccurate. You can do this by sending us an e-mail at the email address listed below. Upon written request and within a reasonable period of time we will correct, delete and/or block personal information from further processing if that information proves to be factually inaccurate, incomplete, or irrelevant to the purpose(s) of the processing.

G) What is ILSA practice regarding data security?

We take appropriate steps to maintain the security of your information/data on our website. You should understand that the open nature of the Internet is such that information/data may flow over networks without security measures and may be accessed and used by people other than those for whom the information/data is intended.

If you have any questions now or during your visit regarding this Online Privacy Policy or any complaints about ILSA online privacy, please contact us at:

International Law Students Association
701 13th Street, NW, 12th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005
United States of America
Attention: Privacy Officer

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International Law Students Association

Mailing Address:
701 13th Street NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC 20005

(202) 729-2470 

(202) 639-9355

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ILSA'S Honorary Council


The Honorary Council was established in 2011 in anticipation of ILSA’s 50th year as the premier organization for students pursuing study in the field of international law. The Council is dedicated to furthering ILSA’s mission of promoting the worldwide study, development, and practice of international law. Through the support and assistance of the Honorary Council, ILSA will continue to engage the world’s foremost jurists, scholars, and practitioners as ILSA conference panelists, keynote speakers at ILSA events, advanced round judges of the Jessup Competition, and members of the Authorial Committee responsible for drafting the annual Jessup Compromis.



Judge Stephen M. Schwebel

Council Members

Professor Payam Akhavan

Professor José Alvarez

Professor M. Cherif Bassiouni

Professor Robert Beckman

Judge Elizabeth Odio Benito

Judge Mohamed Bennouna

Professor Rudolf Bernhardt

Nicola Bonnuci

Serge Brammertz

Professor David Crane

Professor James Crawford

Judge Sir Christopher Greenwood

Hassan Jallow

Professor Larry Johnson

Professor Catherine Kessedjian

Judge Abdul Koroma

Professor Pieter Jan Kuijper

Professor Sir Elihu Lauterpacht

Professor Maurice Mendelson

Professor James Nafziger

Professor Jordan Paust

Professor Alain Pellet

Judge Fausto Pocar

Lucy Reed

Professor Leila Sadat

Professor Philippe Sands

Professor Dinah Shelton

Judge Bruno Simma

Professor Abraham Sofaer

Judge Peter Tomka

Hugh Verrier

Judge Patricia Wald

Professor Rebecca Wallace

Professor Edith Weiss

Sir Michael Wood 


Honorary Council members are long-standing contributors to international jurisprudence and scholarship, and together comprise some of the field's most inspired legal minds. Each Honorary Council member has demonstrated unflagging support for the next generation of international law scholars and practitioners through significant involvement with ILSA and the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Council members have served on the Jessup 50th Anniversary Honorary Committee, spoken at ILSA conferences and events around the world, and presided over the Jessup Cup World Championship Round.  

Member Responsibilities

The primary purpose of Council membership is to support ILSA and the Jessup Program in name, and thereby enhance the esteem of the organization and encourage others to become involved in ILSA programs as participants and sponsors. There is no financial cost associated with membership. Members are encouraged, but are never required, to attend ILSA events.

Member responsibilities are comprised of the following:

  • Members allow the use of their good names as members of the Honorary Council to garner financial sponsorship for ILSA activities, including the Jessup Competition. 
  • Members allow the use of their good names as members of the Honorary Council to attract other prominent leaders to participate in ILSA activities, including the Jessup Competition. 
  • From time to time, members may be asked to provide guidance to the ILSA Board of Directors concerning ILSA’s mission, programs and institutional development.


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Message from the ILSA Honorary Council Chairman


Judge Stephen M. Schwebel


Presented at the Jessup 50th Anniversary Celebration, March 27, 2009

 Fifty years ago, in 1959, I was a newly minted Assistant Professor of Law at Harvard Law School – newly minted, but not bright and shiny.  The brightest element of my daunting teaching load was jointly teaching the basic course in public international law with Professor Richard R. Baxter.  Baxter and I had become friends in 1950 when we both studied with Professor Lauterpacht at Cambridge University.  Baxter, then a captain in the Judge Advocate General Corps of the United States Army, had been sent to plumb the depths of the law of war under Lauterpacht, who had recently revised the British War Manual.  I found myself in Cambridge studying international law on Harvard’s Knox fellowship.  It was a pleasure nine years later to be teaching together with Baxter, who was as effervescent as he was acute.

Moot courts were an entrenched institution of Harvard Law School teaching.  One day Baxter proposed that we set up a moot court in international law.  I said, “good idea,” whereupon in best military style Baxter said that I had just volunteered to draft the problem to be put to the moot court advocates.  So I prepared a problem on a topic current then and current today: Cuba’s discriminatory and confiscatory expropriation of American owned property in Cuba.

The court was composed of Professor Milton Katz, Professor Roger Fisher and myself.  The advocates were Tom Farer, William Zabel, Ivan Head (a Canadian), and Bernard Clark (a New Zealander).

The argument went off beautifully and gave birth to the Jessup Competition.  Baxter with my agreement so named it in honor of Professor Philip Jessup of Columbia Law School.  Jessup was a magnificent man, eminent not only as a teacher and scholar but as a diplomat, having served with great success as United States ambassador-at-large.  He was also among the company of Americans slandered by Senator Joseph McCarthy.   Senator McCarthy’s slanders notwithstanding, Jessup was nominated for election as a judge of the International Court of Justice in 1960 and served with great distinction.  Baxter wrote a discreet note for the American Journal of International Law which bears on the nomination of Jessup for the Court.

In 1960, the second Jessup Competition took place between teams from Harvard and Columbia Law Schools.  Thereafter it spead among other American law schools.

By the time that I was appointed as Executive Director of the American Society of International Law in 1967, the Jessup Competition had spread widely in the United States.  Its administration shifted from one law school to another each year, and suffered from instability and poverty.

One of my first initiatives as Executive Director was to put the Jessup Competition on a broader, more solid base.  I worked up a foundation application that provided for appointment of a Fellow of the Society whose duties would include establishing a central office for administering the Jessup Competition, and for funds to bring teams from overseas to compete with American teams.  The then President of the Society, a senior partner of Sullivan & Cromwell, John Stevenson, quickly approved and almost as quickly produced a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.  The international Jessup Competition, administered by the first Fellow, Jim Nafziger, was off to the races, and it has been running at high speed ever since.   As those who have taken part in it, as advocates and as judges, know, it is a superb teaching tool.  It not only teaches the substance and procedures of international law and litigation, but it demonstrates to the participants that there is more than one side to the issues of international law.

As fate would have it, not only Jessup, but Baxter and I came to serve as judges of the International Court of Justice.  That great Court serves as the model for the Jessup Competition, and, as Judge Higgins will shortly show, it is a Court of considerable achievement.                

Our Mission

The mission of the International Law Students Association is…

To educate students and lawyers around the world in the principles and purposes of international law, international organizations and institutions, and comparative legal systems, through activities that include academic conferences, the publication of books, magazines, and other academic resources, the global coordination of student chapter organizations, and the administration of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

To encourage communication among students and lawyers from different parts of the world in an effort to promote international understanding and cooperation in general, and the advancement of legal education in particular

To contribute to legal education, to foster mutual understanding, and to promote social responsibility of students and lawyers

To provide opportunities for law students and lawyers to learn about other cultures and legal systems in a spirit of critical dialogue and international cooperation;

To assist law students and lawyers to be internationally-minded and professionally skilled

To assist in and encourage the development of international career resources and opportunities for internationally-minded students and lawyers

To engage in other activities related to the development and promotion of international law, study, and practice generally







About ILSA

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 opportunities 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 seeks to promote international law; to encourage communication and cooperation among students and lawyers internationally; to contribute to legal education; to promote social responsibility in the field of law; to increase opportunities for students to learn about other cultures and legal systems worldwide; and to publicize educational and career opportunities in international law.

ILSA's primary unit of organization is the ILSA Chapter in the form of a local International Law Society (ILS) at the school level. Lawyers in the field and students whose schools do not have a chapter are encouraged to register as Individual Members. ILSA chapters and individual members receive subscriptions to the ILSA Quarterly and are invited to participate in a number of ILSA events and activities, including ILSA's three annual conferences.

ILSA serves as an umbrella organization for its member chapters. Chapters exist as independent entities, but are also members of the larger ILSA organization. This structure allows chapters to meet the unique needs of its members while still maintaining access to an international network of pooled academic and organizational resources.

ILSA globally administers the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Every year, thousands of students from more than 500 schools in over 80 countries participate, making the Jessup the largest moot court competition in the world.

ILSA Chapter and Jessup Team Locations from the 2013-2016 seasons.

ILSA organizes three conferences every year. ILSA also publishes books and other academic resources on topics related to international law.

If you have any questions about ILSA or its programs, please contact the ILSA Executive Office at [email protected] Three full time staff members and office interns are available to answer questions, help plan events, and connect you to resources available in the vast ILSA network.


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