The International Law Students Association is a non-profit association of students and lawyers who are dedicated to the promotion of international law. ILSA provides students with opportunity to study, research, and network in the international legal arena. The organization's activities include academic conferences, publications, the global coordination of student organizations, and the administration of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.
The 2016-2017 season marks the 58th year of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Jessup is the world's largest moot court competition, with participants from over 550 law schools in more than 87 countries. 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.
To find out more about the Jessup Competition please reference our Frequently Asked Questions section. For Jessup Competition related questions please write to us at [email protected] and for registration specific questions contact us at [email protected]. You can also follow us on social media! For frequent updates on the Jessup Competition, please follow The Jessup and White & Case Jessup on Twitter and the Jessup's official LinkedIn Group. You can also like us on Facebook by clicking here as well as the White & Case Jessup page.
Jessup Team Locations from the 2015-2016 season.
Please use the links below to access information regarding the Jessup Competition. The sections are organized by topic of interest.
Listed below are links to important information for competiting teams. Materials will be updated throughout the year.
The Jessup season officially begins in September and ends in April after the completion of the White & Case International Rounds. The Qualifying Rounds, internationally and in the US, take place between January and March. The 2017 International Rounds take place on April 9 - 15, 2017 and will conclude with the Jessup Cup World Championship Round. The schedules for each event will be released as they are established by the Executive Office.
The Jessup Competition relies heavily on the enthusiasm and passion of our Administrators, Judges, and other supporters. Administrators and Judges will be able to register in September 2016. For more information on registration, pertinent materials, and guides follow the links below.
For more information about past Jessup Competitions visit the Jessup Online Archive.