Compromis: Case Concerning Certain Criminal Proceedings between Adova & Rotania

Topics: Terrorism, Treatment of Detainees, Military Commissions & Due Process, International Criminal Jurisdiction

Location: Fairmont Washington Hotel, Washington, D.C.

Dates: April 6-12, 2008

Jessup World Cup Champion: Case Western Reserve University School of Law (USA)
Team Members - Margaux Day, Patrick Dowd, Brianne Draffin, Zachary Lampell, Alexander Laytin
Coach - Elizabeth Young

Runner Up:  University of New South Wales (Australia)

Team Members - Hernan Pintos-Lopez, Derek Wong, Brent Michael, Thomas Levi, Rebecca Zaman
Coaches - Jane McAdam

Final Round Judges
Richard J. Goldstone  - Former Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, Former Chief Prosecutor for ICTR and ICTY
David M. Crane - Professor of Law (Syracuse University), Former Chief Prosecutor Special Tribunal for Sierra Leone
Lucy Reed - Partner, Freshfields, Bruckhaus, Derringer LLP; President-Elect of the American Society of International Law

Problem Author
Lead Author - Michael Scharf
Senior Authors - David Barron, David Scheffer, Steven Schneebaum
Junior Authors: Amity R. Boye, Courtney Brewer, Jeffrey Brooks, Jeremy Gordon, Meredith Perlman, Paul Townsend

Executive Director: Amity R. Boye

Best Oralist (Championship Round): Margaux Day, Case Western Reserve University School of Law (USA)

Oralist (Preliminary Rounds): Fatima Al-Khoee, University College London (United Kingdom)

Best Applicant Memorial (Richard R. Baxter Award): Ateneo de Manila University (Philippines) - click here to view a copy

Best Respondent Memorial (Richard R. Baxter Award): University of Ottawa - Common Law (Canada) - click here to view a copy

Best Memorial  - Int'l. Rounds (Alona E. Evans Award): Ateneo de Manila University (Philippines)

Best Memorial - World Regional Rounds (Hardy C. Dillard Award)Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium)

Spirit of the Jessup Award: University of Namibia (Namibia)

Pamela Young Award: Russell Dalferes, Carol Kalinoski, Sophie Wernert


2008 Results: 


2008 Competition Materials


First Batch of Basic Materials

The authors of the 2008 Jessup Compromis have selected these materials with the expectation that the materials will prove interesting and enlightening in the context of the current year's problem. Inclusion of any particular text in the Basic Materials does not entail that the content of the text is binding as international law or reflects current prevailing theory or practice. Please note that teams are NOT required to use these materials. They are being provided to teams as a guide and starting point for research. As always, participants are encouraged to conduct their own research outside of the scope of these Basic Materials.

The documents included in the first batch of Basic Materials are as follows:

  1. Statute of the International Court of Justice

  2. Charter of the United Nations

  3. Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties

  4. Geneva Convention Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War
  5. Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

  6. International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

  7. U.N. General Assembly Resolution 49/60 (1994)

  8. U.N. General Assembly Resolution 59/191 (2004)

  9. U.N. Security Council Resolution 1368 (2001)
  10. U.N. Security Council Resolution 1373 (2001)
  11. U.N. Security Council Resolution 1526 (2004)
  12. U.N. Security Council Resolution 1566 (2004)
  13. U.N. Security Council Resolution 1617 (2005)
Second Batch of Basic Materials

Below is a list of the second batch of Basic Materials provided in connection with the 2008 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.

The authors of the 2008 Jessup Compromis have selected these materials with the expectation that the materials will prove interesting and enlightening in the context of the current year's problem. Inclusion of any particular text in the Basic Materials does not entail that the content of the text is binding as international law or reflects current prevailing theory or practice. Please note that teams are NOT required to use these materials. They are being provided to teams as a guide and starting point for research. As always, participants are encouraged to conduct their own research outside of the scope of these Basic Materials.

  1. Nicaragua v. United States Of America, Case Concerning The Military And Paramilitary Activities In And Against Nicaragua, Judgment on the Merits, International Court of Justice (June 27, 1986)

  2. Democratic Republic of the Congo v. Belgium, Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000, International Court of Justice (February 14, 2002)

  3. The Israel Wall Opinion, Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Advisory Opinion, International Court of Justice (July 9, 2004)

  4. Prosecutor v. Tadic, Case No. IT-94-1, Decision on the Defense Motion for Interlocutory Appeal on Jurisdiction, ICTY Appeals Chamber (Oct. 2, 1995)

  5. Prosecutor v. Nikolic, Case No. IT-94-2-AR73 , Decision on Interlocutory Appeal Concerning Legality of Arrest, ICTY Appeals Chamber (June 5, 2003)

  6. Abella v. Argentina, Case No. 11.137, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (November 18, 1997)

  7. United States v. Alstoetter (The Justice Cases), Nuremberg Tribunal (1948)

  8. Pinochet Case, Regina v. Bartle and others ex parte Pinochet Ugarte , Regina v. Evans and others ex parte Pinochet Ugarte (No 3), United Kingdom House of Lords (March 24, 1999)

  9. Rasul v. Bush, United States Supreme Court , 542 U.S. 466, 124 S.Ct. 2686 (June 28, 2004)

  10. Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, United States Supreme Court, 126 S. Ct. 2749 (June 29, 2006)

  11. Draft Comprehensive Convention against International Terrorism, UN Doc. A/59/894. App. II (12 Aug. 2005)

  12. Michael Scharf, Defining Terrorism as the Peacetime Equivalent of War Crimes: Problems and Prospects, 36 Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law 359 (2004)
    • Westlaw Citation: 36 CWRJIL 359
    • Lexis Citation: 36 Case W. Res. J. Int'l L. 359

  13. Leila Sadat, Extraordinary Rendition, Torture, and Other Nightmares from the War on Terror, 75 George Washington Law Review 1200 (2007)
    • Westlaw Citation:75 GWLR 1200
    • Lexis Citation: 75 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 1200

  14. Jordan Paust, Executive Plans and Authorizations to Violate International Law Concerning Treatment and Interrogation of Detainees, 43 Columbia Journal of Transnational Law 811 (2005)
    • Westlaw Citation: 43 CLMJTL 811
    • Lexis Citation: 43 Colum. J. Transnat'l L. 811

Number of Teams at the International Rounds: 97 competing, 12 exhibition, 2 observing