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 2023 - The Case Concerning the Clarent Belt
The Jessup 2023 Competition concerns the interpretation of a peace treaty, deadly attacks in allegedly occupied territory, unilateral economic sanctions, and the legal consequences of failing to dispose of hazardous waste properly.
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White & Case International Rounds
ILSA is excited to announce that the 2023 White & Case Jessup International Rounds will be held, in person, on 8-15 April 2023 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Washington, DC.
This will be the first International Rounds held in person in four years. We look forward to gathering with the next generation of Jessupers as well as our incredible FOJ community to celebrate international law and education.
A hotel block at the Hyatt Regency Hotel for the International Rounds is available.
Jessup 2023 Schedule
|30 August 2022||RELEASE of Official Jessup Rules
(National Rules Supplements will be posted as they become available)
|1 September 2022||REGISTRATION OPENS|
|15 September 2022||ANTICIPATED RELEASE of the Jessup Problem|
|6 October 2022||ANTICIPATED LAUNCH 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, and materials will be added from time to time over the course of the Jessup season. Teams are encouraged to continue checking the Basic Materials webpage for updates.
|15 October 2022||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.
|10 November 2022||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.
|15 November 2022||ANTICIPATED RELEASE DATE of Corrections and Clarifications to the Jessup Problem|
|21 November 2022||DEADLINE for Registration (Online Form and Payment) for all Teams.
DEADLINE for Submission of Team Roster
|17 January 2023||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.
|20 January 2023||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 17 January Submission Deadline but prior to the 20 January Disqualification Deadline will be subject to applicable late penalties.
|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.
|8 April 2023||WHITE & CASE INTERNATIONAL ROUNDS OPENING CEREMONY|
|15 April 2023||WHITE & CASE JESSUP CUP – WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH|
National and Friendly Rounds Schedule
The dates for all Jessup 2023 National and Friendly Rounds as well as Jessup Trainings 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].
|Central Asian Jessup Summer School||1-6 August 2022||KAZGUU University
|Jessup Bangladesh Pre Jessup Workshop||11-12 August 2022||American Independent University Bangladesh (AIUB)
|Jessup Nepal Pre Jessup Workshop||9-10 September 2022||Aloft Kathmandu Thamel
|Latin American Jessup School||19-29 October 2022||Online|
National and Friendly Rounds
|Argentina||Argentina National Jessup Committee||3-5 March|
|Armenia||Meri Batikyan||4-5 March|
|Australia||Dilan Thampapillai||7-11 February||Canberra|
|Bangladesh||Washik Muhammod Istiaq Ezaz||9-11 February||Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB)
|Belgium||Gabrielle Barnett||11-12 March|
|Brazil||Thais Neves||9-11 March||Universidade do Sul (Unisul)
|Bulgaria||Evgeny Minchev||27 February - 5 March|
|Cambodia||Sovantharoth Pech||25-26 February||NUM|
|Canada||Leah West||23-25 February||University of Manitoba|
|Central Asia Friendly||Salimjon Yusupov||15-17 February||Tashkent State University School of Law|
|Chile||Gustav Jacob||6-8 February|
|China||Wenqi Zhu||An announcement will be made shortly
If online: 24-28 Feb
If in-person: 18-20 Feb
|Renmin University of China|
|Chinese Taipei||Wan Chun Wendy Ho||3-5 February|
|Colombia||Daniela Badalacchi Baños||2-4 March||Bogota|
|Egypt||Nada Hesham||17-18 February|
|Ethiopia||Dersolegn Yeneabat||26-28 January|
|European Friendly||Roxanna Nazari||9-11 March||University of Geneva|
Tiago Fidalo de Freitas
|24-25 February||White & Case Paris|
|Georgia||Ana Jabauri||4 February||Tbilisi|
|Germany||Vincent Widdig||1-4 March||Berlin|
|Ghana||Adwoa Twumwaa Owusu-Ansah||22-25 February||University of Professional Studies
|Greece||Isavella Vasilogeorgi||17-18 February|
|Guatemala||Claudia Caceres||15-17 March|
|Gulf Friendly||Hanaa Abdullah Al Ebrahim||19-21 March|
|Hong Kong China||Sakinah Sat||11-12 March|
|India||Bhavna Batra||22-26 February||Virtual|
|Indonesia||Vania Anastasia Sefanny||Prelims: 4-5 February
Finals: 11 February
|Preliminary Rounds: Virtual
Finals: Universitas Katolik Parahyangan
|Iran||Ali Masoudian||16-17 February||MIS
Salah Sedeeq Saeed
|Ireland||Alysha Hoare||4 March|
|Italy||Agnese Pizzolla||8-11 February||Università degli Studi Roma Tre|
|Japan||Akiho Shibata||18-19 February|
|Kazakhstan||Salimjon Yusupov||15-17 February||Tashkent State University School of Law, Uzbekistan|
|Kenya||Dominic Ndungu||25 February|
|Kyrgyzstan||Salimjon Yusupov||15-17 February||Tashkent State University School of Law, Uzbekistan|
|Lebanon||Rayan Kouatly||20-24 February|
|Macau China||Wang Jia||25-26 February||Macau University of Science & Technology|
|Malaysia||Rachel Decruz||3-5 March||Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia|
|Mexico||Rubén Darío Álvarez Ángeles||6-10 March|
|Mongolia||Manduul Alimaa||10-11 February|
|Nepal||Prajwol Bickram Rana||21-23 March|
|Netherlands||Shreya Ananth||24-25 February|
|Pakistan||Fazeel Hyder Chohan||26-28 January||National University of Science & Technology, Islamabad|
|Panama||Isabel Cristina Lopez||11 February|
|Philippines||Enrique Dela Cruz||22-25 February|
|Portugal||Tiago Fidalgo de Freitas||10 March||Morais Leitao Law Firm
|Romania||Sorina Doroga||9-11 March|
|Sierra Leone||Karina Gbakie||9-10 February||Multi-Purpose Hall
Fourah Bay College
|Singapore||Zhen Ru Lim|
|South Africa||Jade Konig||4-5 March|
|South Korea||Dr. Hyokwon Kim||25 February|
|Spain||Juan Jonas de Gil Blanco Rajoy||28 February - 2 March||Cuatrecasas
|Tanzania||Pasience Mlowe||8-9 February|
|Thailand||Akawat Laowonsiri||18 February||Bangkok Club|
|Turkey||Efe Soysal||11-12 March||Bahçeşehir University|
|Uganda||Raymond Muhekyi||24-25 February|
|Ukraine||Mariia Stolbova||9-11 March||University of Geneva|
|United Kingdom||Andrew Holmes||17-19 February|
|United States - Chicago||Meredith Perlman||10-12 February||Loyola University Chicago School of Law|
|United States - Denver||Katy Ellis||24-26 February||University of Denver|
|United States - New York||ILSA||9-12 March||White & Case|
|United States - Portland||Natascha Smith||3-5 March||Lewis & Clark Law School|
|United States - Washington, DC||ILSA||23-26 February||Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill|
|Uzbekistan||Salimjon Yusupov||15-17 February||Tashkent State University School of Law, Uzbekistan|
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
- First Batch published 6 October 2022
- Charter of the United Nations
- Statute of the International Court of Justice
- Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties
- International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966)
- International Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1966)
- Draft Articles on the Law of Treaties (1966) With Commentaries
- Convention (IV) respecting the Laws and Customs of War on Land and its annex: Regulations concerning the Laws and Customs of War on Land (1907) (Hague Regulations), Regulation 42
- The Third Geneva Convention (GCIII), relative to the treatment of prisoners of war (1949), Arts. 3-4, 21-24, 49-57
- The Fourth Geneva Convention, relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War (1949) (GCIV), Arts. 33, 47, 49, 51-53, 55-56, 59-60, 76, 79-88
- Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts (API), Arts. 1, 3-4, 44-45, 48-52, 54-55, 57-58, 60, 69-70, 85-86
- Draft articles on Responsibility of States for Internationally Wrongful Acts, with commentaries (2001)
- Draft articles on the effects of armed conflicts on treaties, with commentaries (2011)
- Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal (1989)
- Stockholm Convention on persistent organic pollutants (2001)
- General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (1947)
- Final Report to the Prosecutor by the Committee Established to Review the NATO Bombing Campaign Against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (2000)
- Barcelona Traction, Light, and Power Company, Ltd., ICJ Judgement (1970)
- Military and Paramilitary Activities in and against Nicaragua (Nicaragua v. United States of America), ICJ Judgement (1986)
- Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, ICJ Advisory Opinion (2004)
- Armed Activities on the Territory of the Congo (Democratic Republic of the Congo v. Uganda), ICJ Judgment (2005)
- Inter American Court of Human Rights, Advisory Opinion OC-23/17 on The Environment and Human Rights (2017)
- Prosecutor v. Prlić et al., Trial Chamber Judgment, ICTY (2013)
- Prosecutor v. Prlić et al., Appeal Chamber Judgement, ICTY (2017)
- UN General Assembly Resolutions:
- Strauss, M. J. (2015). Territorial Leasing in Diplomacy and International Law. Leiden: Brill Nijhoff - available on Team Homepage
- Unilateral coercive measures: notion, types and qualification, Report of the Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights, Alena Douhan (2021) - Updated 7 October 2022
- Second Batch published 7 November 2022
- ICRC, Customary International Humanitarian Law, Vol. I: Rules (Jean-Marie Henckaerts & Louise Doswald-Beck) (2005).
- HCJ 2690/09 Yesh Din et al. v. IDF Commander, 28 March 2010.
- ILC, Draft Articles on Diplomatic Protection with Commentaries (2006).
- Commission on Human Rights, Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, The Adverse Consequences of Economic Sanctions: Review of Further Developments (The Bossuyt Report), U.N. Doc. E/CN.4/Sub.2/2000/33 (21 June 2000).
- Al-Skeini and Others v. UK, App. No. 55721/07, ECtHR (7 July 2011).
- Central Front (Partial Award) (Ethiopia’s Claim 2), XXVI Eritrea-Ethiopia Cl. Trib. Reps. 155 (Apr. 28, 2004).
- World Economic Forum, Plastics, the Circular Economy, and Global Trade, White Paper (2020).
- Rebecca Barber, An Explanation of the General Assembly’s Troubled Relationship with Unilateral Sanctions, 70 Int’l & Compt. L. Quarterly 343 (2021).
- Lori F. Damrosch, The Legitimacy of Economic Sanctions as Countermeasures for Wrongful Acts, 37 Berkeley J. Int’l L. 249 (2019).
- Tom Ruys, Sanctions, Retorsions and Countermeasures: Concepts and International Legal Framework, in Research Handbook on UN sanctions and international law (Edward Elgar Publishing) (2016).
- Detlev F. Vagts, The Traditional Legal Concept of Neutrality in a Changing Environment, 14(1) Am. U. Int’l L. 83 (1998).
- Asaf Lubin, The Reasonable Intelligence Agency, 47 Yale J. Int’l. L. 119 (2022).
- Rebecca Crootof, War Torts, 97(4) NYU L. Rev. 1063 (2022).
- Hao-Nhien Q. Vu, The Law of Treaties and the Export of Hazardous Waste, 12(2) UCLA J. Environ. L. & Pol’y 389 (1994)
- Eva Romée van der Marel, Trading Plastic Waste in a Global Economy: Soundly Regulated by the Basel Convention?, Environ. L. 1 (2022).
- Ryan Goodman, The Detention of Civilians in Armed Conflict, 103(1) J. Int’l. L. 48 (2009).
- Monica Hakimi, A Functional Approach to Targeting and Detention, 110 Mich. L. Rev. 1365 (2012).
- Zachary Mollengarden & Noam Zamir, The Monetary Gold Principle: Back to Basics, 115(1) Am. J. Int’l. L. 41 (2021).
- Marko Milanovic, Mistakes of Fact When Using Lethal Force in International Law: Part I, Part II, EJIL: Talk! (2020).
- Prosecutor v. Kupreskic, Case No. IT-95-16-T , Judgment ⁋524 (Int'l Crim. Trib. for the Former Yugoslavia Jan. 14, 2000).
- Secondary sanctions, civil and criminal penalties for circumvention of sanctions regimes and overcompliance with sanctions, Report of the Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights, Alena F. Douhan (15 July 2022)