Second Batch of Basic Materials 2017

Below is the second batch of Basic Materials provided in connection with the 2017 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.

The ILSA Executive Office and those involved in the drafting of the 2017 Jessup Compromis have selected these materials.

The inclusion of a 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 provided to teams as a launching point for research. As always, participants are STRONGLY encouraged to conduct their own research outside of the scope of these Basic Materials.


1. Ahmadou Sadio Diallo (Guinea v. Dem. Rep. Congo), Judgment, 2010 I.C.J. Rep. 639.

2.  Legal Status of Eastern Greenland (Denmark v. Norway), 1993 P.C.I.J. (ser A/B) No. 53.

3. Questions Relating to the Obligation to Prosecute or Extradite (Belgium v. Senegal), Judgment, 2012 I.C.J. Rep. 422.

4. Sufi and Elmi v. United Kingdom, App. Nos. 8319/07 and 11449/07, [2011] ECHR 1045 (2012)

5. Trail Smelter Arbitration (United States v. Canada), 3 U.N. Rep. Int'l Arb. Awards 1905 (1941).



1. Joseph Blocher & Mitu Gulati, Competing for Refugees: A Market-Based Solution to a Humanitarian Crisis, 48 Columbia H.R. L. Rev. 2 (2016)

2. Joseph Fishman, Locating the International Interest in Intranational Cultural Property Disputes, 35 Yale J. Int'l L. 347

3. Francesco Francioni and Federico Lenzerini, The Destruction of the Buddhas of Bamiyan and International Law, 14 Eur. J. Int’l. L. 619 (2003).

4. Hannah Garry, The Right to Compensation and Refugee Flows: A Preventative Mechanism in International Law, 10 Int'l J. Refugee L. 97 (1998)

5. Luke Lee, The Declaration of Principles of International Law on Compensation to Refugees: Its Significance and Implications, 6 Journal of Refugee Studies 65 (1993) 

6. Lucas Lixinski, Selecting Heritage: The Interplay of Art, Politics and Identity, 22(1) Eur. J. Int’l L. 81 (2011).

7. Renee Martin-Nagle, Fossil Aquifers: A Common Heritage of Mankind, 2 Geo. Wash. J. Energy & Envtl. L. 39 (2011)


Other Sources

1. Maastricht Principles on Extraterritorial Obligations of States in the Area of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

2. Theo van Boven, Study Concerning the Right to Restitution, Compensation and Rehabilitation for Victims of Gross Violations of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, U.N. Doc. EICN/41 Sub.2/1990/10.

3. Transboundary Aquifers: Managing a Vital Resource, Doc. No. SC-2008/WS/35 (UNESCO 2009).


*Disclaimer:  The documents provided herein are for educational purposes only for the 2017 Jessup Competition.

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