Compromis: Case Concerning the Secession of East Agnostica (Agnostica v. Reverentia)

Topics: Self Determination, Secession, Material Breach, Countermeasures

Location: Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.

Dates: April 5-11, 2015

Jessup World Cup Champion: University of Sydney (Australia)
Team Members - Nathan Hauser, Sarah Bradbury, Alice Zhou, Sam Murray, Angus Nicholas
Coaches - Tim Stephens, Robert Pietriche, Alison Pert

Runner Up:  Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (Chile)
Team Members - Elisa Zavala, Trinidad Cruz, Josefina Movillo, Guillermo del Campo, Benjamin Salas
Coach - Rodrigo Fernandez, Paula Badila, Alejandra Voight


Final Round Judges
H.E. Sir Kenneth Keith  - Former Judge, International Court of Justice 
H.E. Joan Donoghue  - Judge, International Court of Justice
Harold Koh - Stirling Professor of Law, Yale University

Problem Author
Lead Authors - Dagmar Butte, Michael Peil, Steven Schneebaum

Executive Director: Lesley Benn

Best Oralist (Championship Round): Alice Zhou, University of Sydney (Australia)

Oralist (Preliminary Rounds): Sarah Bradbury, University of Sydney  (Australia)

Best Applicant Memorial (Richard R. Baxter Award): University of National & World Economy (Bulgaria) - click here to view a copy

Best Respondent Memorial (Richard R. Baxter Award): University of Pennsylvania (United States) - click here to view a copy

Best Memorial  - Int'l. Rounds (Alona E. Evans Award): Universitas Pelita Harapan (Indonesia)

Best Memorial - World Regional Rounds (Hardy C. Dillard Award)Universitas Pelita Harapan (Indonesia)

International Law Institute Award: Daniel Kristof Pap, Eotvos Lorand University (Hungary)

Best New Team: University San Carlos (Philippines)

Best Overall Applicant: NALSAR (India)

Best Overall Respondent: University of Sydney (Australia)

Best Applicant Memorial1 (tie). Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski (Bulgaria), Universidad de los Andes (Colombia); 3. Hebrew University Jerusalem (Israel), MGIMO University (Russia) 

Best Respondent Memorial1. University of Pennsylvania (United States); 2 (tie). University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), University of Malaya (Malaysia)

Best Exhibition Team: Ateneo de Manila University (Philippines)

Best Exhibition Oralist (tie): Chenyang Li, University of Western Ontario (Canada); Michael Barrett, University of Western Ontario (Canada)

Best Exhibition Memorial: Ateneo de Manila University (Philippines)

Spirit of the Jessup Award: Universidad Panamericana Campus Bonaterra (Mexico)

Steven M. Schneebaum Award: Wenqi Zhu (China), Paulina Starski (Germany), Jeffrey Brooks (United States), Jennifer C. Englander (United States)

Pamela Young Award: Michael Peil

2015 Results: 

 

2015 US Regional Results

 

2015 Competition Materials
First Batch of Basic Materials
Below is a list of the first batch of Basic Materials provided in connection with the 2015 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. The ILSA Executive Office, along with those involved in the writing and editing of the 2015 Jessup Compromis, have selected these materials and hope that you find them interesting in light of the context of this year's Compromis. We would like to emphasize that the simple inclusion of any particular text in the Basic Materials does not necessarily entail that the content of the text is binding as international law nor does it necessarily reflect current prevailing theory or practice. Please note that teams are NOT required to use these materials. They are being provided to teams as a launching point for research. As always, participants are HIGHLY encouraged to conduct their own research outside of the scope of these Basic Materials.
  1. UN Charter
  2. ICJ Statute
  3. Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties
  4. VCLT Summary Records of the Plenary Meetings and of the Meetings of the Committee As a Whole Session 1 and Session 2
  5. Draft Articles on the Law of Treaties (1966) With Commentaries
  6. International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
  7. Montevideo Convention
  8. International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
  9. Articles of Responsibility of States for Internationally Wrongful Acts
  10. Declaration on Friendly Relations
  11. Declaration on Inadmissibility of Intervention in Domestic Affairs of States And Protection of Independence and Sovereignty
  12. Gabcikovo Nagymaros Project (Hungary v. Slovakia)
  13. Case Concerning the Military and Paramilitary Activities in and Against Nicaragua (Nicaragua v. United States)
  14. ILC Commentary on Countermeasures
  15. Helsinki Final Act
  16. Reference re Secession of Quebec
  17. Advisory Opinion on the Declaration of Independence of Kosovo
Second Batch of Basic Materials

Below is a list of the second batch of Basic Materials provided in connection with the 2015 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.

The ILSA Executive Office and the Bench Memorandum Commitee have jointly selected these materials and hope that you find them interesting in light of the context of this year's Compromis. 

We would like to emphasize that the simple inclusion of any particular text in the Basic Materials does not necessarily entail that the content of the text is binding as international law nor does it necessarily reflect current prevailing theory or practice.

Please note, like the First Batch, that teams are NOT required to use these materials.

They are being provided to teams as a way to illuminate your research and guide where you as competitors go with your arguments.  You may find some of these to be useful. You may also believe some to be not so helpful. As always, participants are HIGHLY ENCOURAGED to conduct their own research outside of the scope of these Basic Materials. 

  1. Commentaries on the Draft Articles of State Responsibility
  2. Belgium v. Spain (Barcelona Traction Light & Power Company, Limited)
  3. United Nations General Assembly Resolution 1803
  4. ILC Report on the Ways and Means of Establishing Custom (1950)
  5. Mgangwa v. Cameroon
  6. Written Submissions by the United States for the Kosovo Advisory Proceedings.
  7. Written Submission by the Russian Federation for the Kosovo Advisory Proceedings.
  8. Written Response from the Representatives of Kosovo for the Kosovo Advisory Proceedings.
  9. A. Racke GmbH & Co. v. Hauptzollamt Mainz
  10. UN Legislative Book Series # 25 - Ch 2. Reparations
  11. UN Lecture Series - Prof. John Dugard on Secession
  12. Dr. Eirik Bjorge - The Evolutionary Interpretation of Treaties - Ch 3.
  13. Dean Michael Scharf - Accelerated Formation of Customary International Law
  14. Badinter Commission - Opinions 1-3
  15. France v. Brazil (Brazilian Loans Case) - PCIJ
  16. Portugal v. Australia (Case Concerning East Timor) Judgment,
  17. Separate Opinion of Judge Oda,
  18. Separate Opionion of Judge Shahabuddeen,
  19. Separate Opinion of Judge Ranjeva,
  20. Separate Opinion of Judge Vereshchetin,
  21. Dissenting Opinion of Judge Weeramantry,
  22. Dissenting Opinion of Judge Skubiszewski.