2017 First Batch of Basic Materials

Below is the first batch of Basic Materials provided in connection with the 2017 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.


The ILSA Executive Office, along with those involved in the writing and editing of the 2017 Jessup Compromis, have selected these materials and hope that you find them interesting in light of the context of this year's Compromis. 


We would like to emphasize that the simple inclusion of any particular text in the Basic Materials does not necessarily entail that the content of the text is binding as international law nor does it necessarily reflect current prevailing theory or practice.


Please note that teams are NOT required to use these materials. They are being provided to teams as a launching point for research. As always, participants are HIGHLY encouraged to conduct their own research outside of the scope of these Basic Materials.


  1. UN Charter
  2. ICJ Statute
  3. Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties
  4. Articles of Responsibility of States for Internationally Wrongful Acts
  5. 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees
  6. 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees
  7. 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property
  8. 1972 World Heritage Convention
  9. International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
  10. International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights
  11. UN General Assembly Resolution 63/124 (Draft Articles of Transboundary Aquifers)
  12. UN Guiding Principles of Unilateral Declarations
  13. ICESCR General Comment 12 (The Right to Adequate Food)
  14. ICESCR General Comment 15 (The Right to Water)
  15. Case Concerning the Gabčikovo-Nagymaros Project (Hungary v. Slovakia)
  16. Case Concerning the Pulp Mills on the River Uruguay (Argentina v. Uruguay)
  17. Nuclear Tests Case (New Zealand v. France)
  18. Case Concerning the Temple of Preah Vihear (Cambodia v. Thailand)
  19. Case Concerning the Factory at Chorzów (PCIJ)
  20. Beyeler v. Italy, App. No. 33202/96, ECHR 2000-I 57, (2001) 33 EHRR 52, IHRL 3137 (ECHR 2000)
  21. Katie Sykes, Hunger Without Frontiers: The Right to Food and State Obligations to Migrants, in The International Law of Disaster Relief (David Caron, Michael Kelly, & Anastasia Telestesky, eds., 2014)
  22. Marlies Hessleman, Sharing International Responsibility for Poor Migrants: An Analysis of Extra-Territorial Socio-Economic Human Rights Law, 15 Eur. J. Soc. Sec. 187 (2013)
  23. Carol Roehrenbeck, Repatriation of Cultural Property: Who Owns the Past? An Introduction to Approaches and to Selected Statutory Instruments, International Journal of Legal Information: Vol. 38: Iss. 2, Article 11 (2010)
  24. Gabriel Eckstein & Yoram Eckstein, A Hydrogeological Approach to Transboundary Ground Water Resources and International Law, 19 Amer. Univ. Int’l. L. Rev. 201 (2003)
  25. Kanchana Wangkeo, Monumental Challenges: The Lawfulness of Destroying Cultural Heritage During Peacetime, 28 Yale J. Int’l L. 183 (2003)

**Disclaimer:  The documents provided herein are for educational purposes only for the 2017 Jessup Competition.


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