What is the Jessup?

Jessup is the world's largest moot court competition, with participants from roughly 600 law schools in 95 countries and jurisdictions. The Competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), 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 concerns human rights on the Internet, data theft, the secession of part of a nation's territory, and foreign election interference. Click to read the Jessup 2022 Problem.

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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.

Read the full statement regarding Jessup 2022

Jessup 2022 Schedule

National and Friendly Rounds Schedule

Competition Materials

Jessup 2023 Problem with Corrections and Clarifications - .pdf | .docx
Jessup 2023 Corrections and Clarifications - .pdf | .docx

Basic Materials

The Basic Materials for Jessup 2023 are now available. In a change of practice from previous years, ILSA will not be issuing a second batch of Basic Materials; instead, we will update this list from time to time. We encourage all teams to visit frequently to make sure that you have the latest materials.

Materials added after 6 October will be placed in a second list at the bottom of the page, so teams do not need to re-download every single item.

Updated 7 November 2022

Promotional Materials

Jessup 2023 Poster (High Resolution) – .jpg | .pdf

Jessup 2022 Research Sponsors