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The Jessup 2021 Problem will concern a global pandemic, and the obligations and responses of States with respect to the outbreak. It will also involve questions of the jurisdiction of the Court, a desperate claim for political asylum by an alleged rogue scientist, and State responsibility for a suspicious aircraft explosion.
Jessup Team Registration
Team registration for Jessup 2021 will open on 7 September 2020.
Dates & SchedulesThis schedule contains the confirmed official dates for the 2021 Jessup Season. View the PDF of the Official Jessup Schedule here.
|28 August 2020||RELEASE of Official Jessup Rules (National Rules Supplements will be posted as they become available)|
|7 September 2020||REGISTRATION OPENS|
|11 September 2020||ANTICIPATED RELEASE of the Jessup Problem|
|9 October 2020||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.|
|16 October 2020||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.|
|9 November 2020||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.|
|13 November 2020||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 2020||ANTICIPATED RELEASE DATE of Corrections and Clarifications to the Jessup Problem.|
|20 November 2020||ANTICIPATED RELEASE of Second Batch of Basic Materials: The Second Batch of Materials usually includes a variety of treaties, caselaw, and secondary sources.|
|20 November 2020||DEADLINE for Registration (Online Form and Payment) for all Teams|
|20 November 2020||DEADLINE for Submission of Team Roster: This is the last day on which teams may submit the names of their team members and advisors.|
|7 December 2020||ANTICIPATED RELEASE of dates and details of National, Regional, and Friendly Competitions.|
|6 January 2021||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.|
|8 January 2021||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 6 January Submission Deadline but prior to the 8 January Disqualification Deadline will be subject to applicable late penalties.|
|1 February 2021||DEADLINE for Teams to indicate their preferred times and dates for Preliminary and White & Case Advanced Round matches: ILSA will contact Teams after the Memorials deadline, instructing them how to indicate their preferred times and dates for their two Exhibition Round matches, their four Preliminary Round matches, and – in case the Team advances – their four White & Case Advanced Round matches|
|2 February 2021||MEMORIALS PENALTIES will be distributed to Teams on a rolling basis hereafter (deadlines to submit appeals will be communicated to Teams at the time penalties are sent).|
|8 February to 8 March 2021||REGIONAL, NATIONAL, AND FRIENDLY ROUNDS: Any jurisdictions or administrators that elect to hold in-person or online Regional, National, or Friendly Rounds will schedule them within this four-week window.|
|9-12 March 2021||EXHIBITION ROUNDS: Each Team will compete once as Applicant and once as Respondent in non-scored Exhibition matches, in order to troubleshoot and gain experience on the online interface.|
|13 March 2021||OPENING CEREMONY of the 2021 Global Jessup Rounds (to be held online). ILSA will also announce the final pairings and schedule for the Preliminary Rounds at this time.|
|15-26 March 2021||PRELIMINARY ROUNDS: Each team will compete twice as Applicant and twice as Respondent.|
|28 March 2021||WHITE & CASE ADVANCED ROUNDS ANNOUNCEMENT EVENT: ILSA will announce the Teams that, based upon their performance in the Preliminary Rounds, will advance to the White & Case Advanced Rounds. ILSA will announce the final pairings and schedule for the White & Case Advanced Rounds the following day.|
|30 March to 7 April 2021||WHITE & CASE ADVANCED ROUNDS: Each advancing Team will compete twice as Applicant and twice as Respondent.|
|8 April 2021||ELIMINATION ROUNDS ANNOUNCEMENT EVENT: ILSA will announce the 48 Teams that, based upon their performance in the Preliminary Rounds and the White & Case Advanced Rounds, will advance to the Elimination Rounds. ILSA will also announce the pairings for the Round of 48 at this time.|
|9-16 April 2021||ELIMINATION ROUNDS: The top 48 Teams will moot against one another in single-elimination knockout rounds, starting with a Round of 48 and ending with Semifinal matches.|
|17 April 2021||WHITE & CASE JESSUP CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH|
|18 April 2021||2021 CLOSING CEREMONY AND PRESENTATION OF AWARDS|