What is the Jessup?

Jessup is the world's largest moot court competition, with participants from roughly 700 law schools in 100 countries and jurisdictions. 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.

Jessup 2022

The Jessup 2022 Competition will concern human rights on the Internet, data theft, the secession of part of a nation's territory, and foreign election interference. Registration will open September 3, and we expect to release the problem on September 13.

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White & Case International Rounds

Teams in multi-participant countries will once again qualify for the 2022 White & Case International Rounds through national-level qualifying tournaments. Our national administrators will make determinations as to whether those tournaments will take place in-person or online, consistent with local circumstances and applicable national health guidelines.

In light of continuing uncertainty and the disparate situations in the many different countries that make up the global Jessup family – including ongoing health concerns, limitations on international travel, and local/national safety measures, all of which threaten to continue for months (if not years) – a return to an in-person International Rounds is unfortunately not viable for spring of 2022. Therefore, the ILSA Board of Directors has decided that the 2022 White & Case International Rounds will be held online.

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Jessup 2022 Schedule

Official Jessup 2022 Schedule

Download Official Jessup 2022 Schedule as pdf

30 August 2021 RELEASE of Official Jessup Rules. (National Rules Supplements will be posted as they become available)
3 September 2021 REGISTRATION OPENS
13 September 2021 ANTICIPATED RELEASE of the Jessup Problem
8 October 2021 ANTICIPATED RELEASE of First Batch of Basic Materials. The Basic Materials are a collection of research materials, designed to ensure that all teams, regardless of budget and access to information, start from the same position. All Basic Materials will be posted to the ILSA’s website.
15 October 2021 DEADLINE for Requests from Teams for Corrections and Clarifications to the Jessup Problem. Requests must be submitted through the online form found on your Team’s Home Page.
8 November 2021 DEADLINE for Second Batch Basic Materials Suggestions. This is the last day to submit suggestions for documents to be included in the Second Batch of Basic Materials. All Basic Materials will be posted to the ILSA’s website.
12 November 2021 DEADLINE for Eligibility Inquiries. This is the last day on which individuals may request the Executive Office’s special permission to compete under Official Rule 2.4.
16 November 2021 ANTICIPATED RELEASE DATE of Corrections and Clarifications to the Jessup Problem.
18 November 2021 ANTICIPATED RELEASE of Second Batch of Basic Materials. The Second Batch of Materials usually includes a variety of treaties, caselaw, and secondary sources.
19 November 2021 DEADLINE for Registration (Online Form and Payment) for all Teams. DEADLINE for Submission of Team Roster. This is the last day on which teams may submit the names of their team members and advisors.
12 January 2022 DEADLINE for Submission of Memorials. Memorials must be submitted to the Executive Office in accordance with the Official Rules. A National Supplement to the Official Rules may impose additional submission requirements. It is the responsibility of teams to understand the submission requirements of the Official Rules and of their National Rules Supplement, if any, which are posted on ILSA’s website.
18 January 2022 DISQUALIFICATION DEADLINE for Failure to Submit Memorials. If a Team fails to submit its Applicant and Respondent Memorials by this day, the Team will be disqualified from the Competition. Any Memorial submitted after the 12 January Submission Deadline but prior to the 18 January Disqualification Deadline will be subject to applicable late penalties.
28 January 2022 MEMORIALS PENALTIES distributed to Teams on a rolling basis hereafter (deadlines to submit appeals will be communicated to Teams at the time penalties are sent).
February – March 2022 NATIONAL & FRIENDLY ROUNDS: Teams from jurisdictions with more than one team registered must take part in Qualifying Rounds. National and Friendly Rounds may take place virtually or in-person. Advancing Teams will go on to compete in the White & Case International Rounds.
24 March 2022 WHITE & CASE INTERNATIONAL ROUNDS OPENING CEREMONY (virtual)
25 - 29 March 2022 PRELIMINARY ROUNDS: Each Team competes twice as Applicant and twice as Respondent.
31 March - 4 April 2022 ADVANCED ROUNDS: Each Advancing Team competes twice as Applicant and twice as Respondent.
5 - 8 April 2022 ELIMINATION ROUNDS: The top 32 Teams will moot against one another in single-elimination knockout rounds, starting with a Round of 32 and ending with Semifinal matches.
9 April 2022 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND
10 April 2022 2022 CLOSING CEREMONY & PRESENTATION OF AWARDS (virtual)

National and Friendly Rounds Schedule

The dates for all Jessup 2022 National and Friendly Rounds will be updated on a rolling basis.

National and Friendly Competitions without details have not yet been confirmed. Additional National or Friendly Rounds may be added over the course of several weeks based on Jessup Team registration. Questions can be sent to [email protected].

National Rounds

Jurisdiction Administrator Date Format
Afghanistan Sayed Ramiz Husaini 24 Feb - 1 March In-person
Argentina Moira Sanchez
Australia Dilan Thampapillai 15 - 19 February Virtual
Bangladesh A S M Pathan 11- 13 February Virtual
Belarus Dziana Pranichnikava 5 -7 February Virtual
Brazil Thais Neves 22 - 26 February Virtual
Canada Leah West 22 - 27 February Virtual
Chile José Tomás Sáez 28 - 29 January Virtual
Chinese Taipei Wan Chun Wendy Ho 19 - 21 February In-person, Soochow University Law School
Colombia Giovanny Vega-Barbosa
Andrea Hernandez
18 - 20 February Virtual
Egypt Nada Hashem 13 February Virtual
Georgia Ana Jaburi 12 - 14 February Virtual
Germany Martin Gronemann
Rachel Hoepfner
24 - 28 February Virtual
Hong Kong China Lai Yee Winnie Wat 27 - 28 February Virtual
India Bhavna Batra 27 - 28 February Virtual
Israel Barak Abarbanel 22 February Hybrid
Italy Agnese Pizzolla 3 - 6 March Virtual
Japan Akiho Shibata 12 - 14 February Virtual
Kenya Dominic Ndungu
Derrick Kimani
Mexico Liliana Oliva Bernal 22 - 26 February Virtual
Moldova Valeriu Dragalin 16 - 18 February Hybrid
Myanmar Khin Thiri Khit 13 - 14 February Virtual
Nigeria Ulame Erese 5 - 6 February Virtual
Pakistan USDOJ 24 - 26 February Virtual
Philippines Enrique Dela Cruz 22 - 26 February Virtual
Poland Agata Bzdyń
Russia Ekaterina Efimova
Irina Yakusheva
8 - 28 February Virtual
South Africa White & Case
Spain Saúl Salas 17 - 19 February Virtual
Thailand Jayavadh Bunnag 27 - 28 February Virtual
Ukraine Mariia Stolbova 12-14 February Virtual
United Kingdom Damian Bielicki 26 - 28 February Virtual
US Regional 1 ILSA 12 - 14 February Virtual
US Regional 2 ILSA 19 - 21 February Virtual
US Regional 3 ILSA 26 - 28 February Virtual
Jurisdiction Administrator Date Format
Afghanistan
Argentina
Armenia
Australia
Azerbaijan
Bangladesh
Belarus
Belgium
Brazil
Bulgaria
Cambodia
Canada
Chile
China
Chinese Taipei
Colombia
Egypt
Ethiopia
European Friendly
France
Georgia
Germany
Ghana
Greece
Guatemala
Hong Kong China
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kyrgyzstan
Latvia
Lebanon
Lithuania
Malaysia
Mexico
Moldova
Myanmar
Nepal
Netherlands
Nigeria
Pakistan
Panama
Philippines
Poland
Romania
Russia
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Slovenia
South Africa
South Korea
Spain
Sri Lanka
Tanzania
Thailand
Turkey
Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States
Uzbekistan
Zambia

Competition Materials

The Jessup 2022 Problem - Download as pdf or doc

Promotional Materials

Promotional materials for the Jessup 2022 Competition will be posted as they become available.

Jessup 2022 Research Sponsors