Welcome Jessup Competitors! You should find all of the competition information you need on this page, but if you still have questions, please email [email protected]. We'll update content regularly as more competition information becomes available.
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 close 20 November 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|
RulesThe Jessup 2021 Official Rules are available here.
National Rounds Rules SupplementsThe National Rounds Rules Supplements are updated frequently as National Administrators send them to the Executive Office, so please be sure to check back often. These will be updated starting after the Registration Deadline has passed.
Competition MaterialsPlease find the 2021 Jessup Competition materials below:
First Batch of Basic Materials
- Charter of the United Nations
- Statute of the International Court of Justice
- Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties
- Vienna Convention on Consular Relations
- International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
- Constitution of the World Health Organization
- 2005 International Health Regulations
- Convention on International Civil Aviation
- ILC, Articles on Responsibility of States for Internationally Wrongful Acts
- ICJ, Asylum (Colombia v. Peru), Judgement (20 November 1950)
- ITLOS, Case concerning the detention of three Ukrainian naval vessels (Ukraine v. Russian Federation), Provisional Measures, Order (25 May 2019)
- WTO, WTO Analytical Index: Guide to WTO Law and Practice, SPS Agreement – Article 2 (Jurisprudence)
- WTO, WTO Analytical Index: Guide to WTO Law and Practice, SPS Agreement – Article 5 (Jurisprudence)
- Human Rights Committee, General Comment No. 27
- Human Rights Committee, General Comment No. 36
- UN General Assembly, Question of Diplomatic Asylum: Report of the Secretary-General, UN Doc. A/10139 (September 1975) (Part I) (Part II)
- Roojin Habibi et al., “Do not violate the International Health Regulations during the COVID-19 outbreak,” The Lancet, Vol. 395, No. 10225 (2020), pp. 664-666
- Robin Geiß, “Civil Aircraft as Weapons of Large-Scale Destruction,” Michigan Journal of International Law, Vol. 27, No. 1 (2005), pp. 227-256
Second Batch of Basic Materials
- Ali Tejpar & Steven J. Hoffman, “Canada’s Violation of International Law during the 2014–16 Ebola Outbreak,” Canadian Yearbook of International Law, Vol. 54 (2016), pp. 366-383
- Caroline Foster, “Justified Border Closures do not violate the International Health Regulations 2005”, EJIL: Talk! (11 June 2020)
- Eileen Denza, “Diplomatic Asylum,” in Andreas Zimmermann (ed.), The 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol: A Commentary (2011)
- England & Wales, Court of Appeal, “B” & Others v. Secretary of State for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Judgment (18 October 2004),  EWCA Civ 1344
- Christian Tomuschat, “Article 36,” in Andreas Zimmermann et al. (eds.), The Statute of the International Court of Justice: A Commentary (3rd ed. 2019)
- Stephan Schill & Robyn Briese, “‘If the State Considers’: Self-Judging Clauses in International Dispute Settlement,” Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law, Vol. 13 (2009), pp. 61-140
- Marko Milanovic, “Mistakes of Fact When Using Lethal Force in International Law: Part I”, EJIL: Talk! (14 January 2020) (Part I) (Part II) (Part III)
- John V. Augustin, “ICAO and the Use of Force against Civil Aerial Intruders” (August 1998)
- UN Audiovisual Library
Jessup 2021 Q&A on Facebook Live
This Jessup 2021 Q&A features ILSA Programs Director Tessa Walker and His Honour Judge Andrew Holmes answering your questions.
Find the 2021 Jessup Competition FAQ available as well.
White & Case Jessup Guide
The White & Case Jessup Guide is a student-focused "how-to" manual for the Jessup Competition. The Guide contains information on: working with the Compromis, researching international law, writing Memorials, devising oral pleadings, and using skills learned from the Jessup in your legal career. The guide also contains video clips demonstrating good oral advocacy techniques.
United Nations Audiovisual Library of International Law - Jessup Collection
We are pleased to announce a collaboration with the United Nations Audiovisual Library of International Law (AVL). The AVL is a virtual training and research centre with more than 400 leading international law scholars, judges and practitioners from different States and legal systems who contribute to its three pillars: the Lecture Series, the Historic Archives and the Research Library. Through this collaboration, the AVL has organized relevant lectures and instruments that can be used by Jessup 2020 participants to help prepare for the competition this year.
Jessup Final Round Videos
The Final Round of the International Rounds pits the top two teams in the world against each other after multiple matches in which they have honed their arguments to the most nuanced touch. These rounds are often highly instructive to teams who wish to learn how to best deliver an oral round. ILSA has made all final rounds since 2000 available for both streaming and downloading via Vimeo.com.
Introduction to International Law
This Introduction to International Law is a short document explaining the basic doctrines of international law. ILSA would like to acknowledge and thank Professor Robert Beckman of the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore, who provided this document to ILSA for the benefit of Jessup teams and judges. Thanks are also owed to Dagmar Butte, ILSA Board Member, for helping Professor Beckman draft the Introduction.
Tips for Memorial Writing
The 2015 Memorial Writing Tips was created to offer students a roadmap towards writing their two memorials for the Jessup. This guide was written by a celebrated group of longtime Jessup judges, competitors, academics, practitioners, and other dedicated volunteers. We encourage students to read this document for a well-balanced approach to proper memorial writing.
CIICJ Guide to the Jessup
The 2015 CIICJ Guide to the Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Competition was written to offer students a general plan for competing in the Jessup. Published by the Chinese Initiative on International Criminal Justice (CIICJ), the guide was written and edited by a group of former competitors and academics. Among the competitors who contributed to this guide are past National Rounds winners, International Rounds winners, Best Oralist recipients,and Hardy C. Dillard Award recipients. Further contributors include academics, practicing international lawyers, team coaches and advisors, and long-time Friends of the Jessup.
The Official Jessup Rules require teams to identify their sources in their Memorials (written submissions). The Rules also require teams to use a citation form that provides a description of each authority that is adequate enough to allow a reasonable reader to identify and locate the authority in a publication of general circulation. The ILSA Executive Office recommends the following citation systems:
Jessup Team Registration Fees
|Schedule I - $900||USA|
|Schedule II - $650||Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macao, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom|
|Schedule III - $450||Bermuda, Bulgaria, Chinese Taipei, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, United Arab Emirates|
|Schedule IV - $350||Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Panama, Philippines, Trinidad & Tobago, Russia|
|Schedule V - $250||All Others|
National and Friendly Rounds Schedule
The specific dates of all 2021 National and Friendly Rounds will be updated on this page during the Competition Season as the Executive Office receives them. Questions can be sent to [email protected].
National and Friendly Rounds will be confirmed on a rolling basis. Once a Round is confirmed, we will list the date, location, and format (in-person or virtual). National and Friendly Competitions without these details have not yet been confirmed. Additional National or Friendly Rounds may be added over the next several weeks based on Jessup Team registration. As a reminder, all Teams that register, pay, and submit memorials will be invited to participate in the 2021 Jessup Global Rounds. We strongly encourage participation in National Rounds, but they will not qualify teams to compete in the Global Rounds.
|Afghanistan||Sayed Ramiz Husaini|
|China||Wenqui Zhu||27 February – 1 March||In-person, Renmin University of China|
|Chinese Taipei||Wan Chun Wendy Ho|
|European Friendly||Roxanna Nazari|
|Hong Kong China||Lai Yee Winne Wat|
|Israel||Barak Abarbanel||22 February||Hybrid|
|Japan||Akiho Shibata||12-14 February||Virtual|
|Mexico||Liliana Oliva Bernal|
|Myanmar||Khin Thiri Khit|
|Panama||Isabel Cristina Lopez|
|Ukraine||Mariia Stolbova||12-14 February||In-person, High Anticorruption Court of Ukraine|
|United Arab Emirates|
|United Kingdom||Damian Bielicki|
|US Regional 1|
|US Regional 2|
|US Regional 3|
Last updated May 23, 2020
I. GENERAL INFORMATION II. THE JESSUP COMPETITION AND ILSA III. ELIGIBILITY AND PARTICIPATION IV: REGISTERING FOR THE JESSUP COMPETITION V. COMPETITION FORMAT VI. PREPARING FOR THE COMPETITION
The Jessup Competition is the world’s largest moot court competition. It is also the oldest moot court competition dedicated to international law. The Jessup is noteworthy because it is open to law schools all over the world.[email protected] to register your team. ILSA recommends that new teams read the White & Case Jessup Guide, a student-focused guide to working with the Jessup Problem, researching international law, writing memorials, and presenting oral arguments. Back to Top
What is the relationship between the Jessup Competition and ILSA?The ILSA Executive Office is responsible for the global administration of the Jessup Competition. The ILSA Executive Office appoints Administrators to run Qualifying Rounds in their country. The ILSA Executive Director is the final arbiter in the implementation and interpretation of the Official Rules and Supplements to the Official Rules.
What is the difference between a Jessup Team and an ILSA Chapter?
The purpose of ILSA is to promote the study and understanding of international law. ILSA achieves this purpose through various programs, including the Jessup Moot Court Competition and local ILSA Chapters.(1) Jessup Competition: The Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition is an international law advocacy competition for law students. Each law school, law faculty or institution with a law-related degree program may select one Jessup Team to represent the school in the Competition. A maximum of five students may participate on a school’s Jessup Team. Teams compete against each other by presenting both oral and written pleadings, which are evaluated by judges based upon advocacy skills and knowledge of international law. (2) ILSA Chapters: ILSA Chapters are student-run organizations dedicated to the promotion of international law. ILSA Chapters are established locally at law schools as clubs or student groups, and are commonly known as International Law Societies (ILS). While only a maximum of five students may participate on a school’s Jessup team, ILSA Chapter membership is open to all students interested in joining. The activities of ILSA Chapters generally include organizing conferences, contributing to student-edited journals and magazines, promoting an international law curriculum, supporting the school’s participation in international law moots, and providing networking opportunities to students in the field of international law. The ILSA Executive Office serves as the umbrella organization for the global network of ILSA Chapters and facilitates Chapter activities. www.ilsa.org under "Register an ILSA Chapter." The Jessup and White & Case Jessup on Twitter and the Jessup's official LinkedIn Group. For all ILSA updates, please like us on Facebook and follow us on both Instagram and LinkedIn. To watch our videos please join us on and Vimeo. Back to Top Back to Top
To register for the Jessup Competition, a representative from your team (a team member, team advisor, or official team contact) must do the following:1. Complete the online Jessup Registration Form, which will be available each year at www.ilsa.org, by the deadline specified in the Official Schedule. 2. Complete payment of the Registration Fee by the deadline specified in the Official Schedule. 3. Register all individual team members by the deadline specified in the Official Schedule. 4. Teams that compete in a Qualifying Tournament must be sure to comply with the separate registration requirements of the Administrator of their Qualifying Tournament, if any. Please check the Qualifying Rounds Page periodically to see if a Rules Supplement has been posted for your country.
Once the payment of your registration fee has been received and processed by the ILSA Executive Office, a receipt confirming payment will be available under the "Payment Information" tab of your Team Homepage.[email protected]. EXAMPLES: 1) If a team is from the country of Cameroon, but does not have a registered ILSA Chapter, its registration fee would be exactly the same as the Schedule III country registration fee, since Cameroon is listed as a Schedule III country, and no discounts apply. 2) If a team is from the country of Cameroon, has a registered ILSA Chapter, its registration fee would be: (Schedule III country registration fee) – (ILSA Chapter discount) = registration fee. [email protected], and then follow the steps from there. Please note that a wire transfer can take up to a week to process. [email protected] [email protected], making sure to include explanation of the circumstances justifying the substitution. Back to Top International Rounds Page on ILSA’s website. [email protected]. How many oral rounds will my Jessup Team compete in during the International Rounds? If your Team advances to the International Rounds, it will compete in four preliminary oral rounds, pleading twice as Applicant and twice as Respondent. If your Team advances to the Advanced Rounds, it will compete in one additional oral round each time it advances, pleading as either Applicant or Respondent as determined before each Advanced Round. The Advanced Rounds consist of Run-off Rounds (round of 32), Octo-Finals, Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals, and the World Championship Rounds. For more information, please see the Official Rules. Back to Top White & Case Jessup Guide, and the ILSA Guide to International Moot Court Competitions. ILSA's YouTube Channel. If you are interested in purchasing Final Round DVDs, please visit the ILSA Store or our Vimeo. How and when do Jessup Teams get passwords to research databases such as LexisNexis, Westlaw, and HeinOnline? Eligible teams competing in the Competition may request a password to access LexisNexis, Westlaw and/or HeinOnline free of charge to assist with their research. Once a Jessup Team has paid their registration fee, they will be eligible to receive research passwords. Teams can expect all research passwords to be available for distribution in mid-September. How do teams finance the cost of traveling to the International Rounds? Each team is responsible for funding the expenses associated with attending the White & Case International Rounds, including all transportation costs, hotel accommodations, and meals while in Washington, D.C. Many teams fundraise by asking their school, local and regional companies, law firms, government agencies, and educational foundations to contribute monetary and other resources. The ILSA Executive Office will provide a letter of support to potential sponsors identified by Jessup Teams. To obtain a letter of support, please contact the ILSA Executive Office at [email protected]. [email protected]. If an individual qualifies for a letter of invitation, ILSA will send the letter of support to the applicant. The applicant is responsible for submitting the letter of support to the appropriate officials and completing the visa application process. [email protected] with questions about hotel arrangements at the White & Case International Rounds. Back to Top If you would like to see additional questions featured on this page, please send your suggestions to the ILSA Executive Office via email to [email protected].