Jessup Judges

The Jessup Competition is judged by an elite corps of volunteer attorneys. Judges are needed at all levels of the Competition (National, Friendly, and International) to evaluate and score the written and oral pleadings of the competitors. In most jurisdictions, study or practice in the field of international law, or prior experience in the Jessup Competition, is preferred, but not required.

Judge Registration

We encourage judges to begin registering for the Jessup Competition in October of every year. If you register your interest in judging National and Friendly Rounds, we will share your contact information with the National Administrators in the locations in which you indicated your interest in judging. The National Administrators will be communicating with and scheduling judges for National Rounds. The most up-to-date information about National Rounds including dates, locations, and National Administrator email addresses can be found on our National and Friendly Rounds page. If you have questions about a specific National Round, we encourage you to contact the National Administrator in the first instance. However, you can also email [email protected] with questions or concerns.

If you register your interest in judging the Jessup 2022 International Rounds we expect to confirm judges on a rolling basis from February through March 2022. We have limited judging slots available at the Jessup International Rounds, and may not be able to confirm all applicants to judge. Additional information will be sent to International Rounds judges as they are confirmed. We appreciate in advance your patience with this process. Please contact us at [email protected] with any questions.

Competition Format

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some adjustments have been made to the Jessup 2022 competition format. Teams in multi-participant countries will once again qualify for the 2022 White & Case International Rounds through national-level qualifying tournaments. Our national administrators will make determinations as to whether those tournaments will take place in-person or online, consistent with local circumstances and applicable national health guidelines. In addition, the 2022 White & Case International Rounds will be held online. Click here to read the full statement regarding the Jessup 2022 competition format.

Competition Materials

Jessup 2022 Problem with Corrections and Clarifications - download as pdf or doc
Jessup 2022 Corrections and Clarifications - download as pdf or doc

First Batch of Basic Materials
Second Batch of Basic Materials

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 center 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 2022 participants to help prepare for the competition this year.

Resources and Guides for Judges

Below are helpful resources and guides for both returning and new judges. The materials are divided based on resources for oral rounds scoring and grading of the written memorial submissions.

National and Qualifying Rounds Schedule