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.
Feel free to email [email protected] with any questions.
If you are new to judging the Jessup, then you will need to create a new account. Once you have created an account, please register your preferences as soon as possible.
We encourage new and returning judges to begin registering their preferences for the Jessup Competition in the Fall 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 2023 International Rounds we expect to confirm judges on a rolling basis from February through March 2023. 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.
ILSA is excited to announce that the 2023 White & Case Jessup International Rounds will be held, in person, on 9-15 April 2023 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Washington, DC.
This will be the first International Rounds held in person in four years. We look forward to gathering with the next generation of Jessupers as well as our incredible FOJ community to celebrate international law and education.
Information about National Rounds will be announced in the coming months, as details are finalized. Please click to read our complete statement. Please feel free to email [email protected] if you have additional questions.
The Basic Materials for Jessup 2023 are now available. In a change of practice from previous years, ILSA will not be issuing a second batch of Basic Materials; instead, we will update this list from time to time. We encourage all teams to visit frequently to make sure that you have the latest materials.
Materials added after 6 October will be placed in a second list at the bottom of the page, so teams do not need to re-download every single item.
Updated 7 November 2022
- First Batch published 6 October 2022
- Charter of the United Nations
- Statute of the International Court of Justice
- Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties
- International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966)
- International Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1966)
- Draft Articles on the Law of Treaties (1966) With Commentaries
- Convention (IV) respecting the Laws and Customs of War on Land and its annex: Regulations concerning the Laws and Customs of War on Land (1907) (Hague Regulations), Regulation 42
- The Third Geneva Convention (GCIII), relative to the treatment of prisoners of war (1949), Arts. 3-4, 21-24, 49-57
- The Fourth Geneva Convention, relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War (1949) (GCIV), Arts. 33, 47, 49, 51-53, 55-56, 59-60, 76, 79-88
- Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts (API), Arts. 1, 3-4, 44-45, 48-52, 54-55, 57-58, 60, 69-70, 85-86
- Draft articles on Responsibility of States for Internationally Wrongful Acts, with commentaries (2001)
- Draft articles on the effects of armed conflicts on treaties, with commentaries (2011)
- Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal (1989)
- Stockholm Convention on persistent organic pollutants (2001)
- General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (1947)
- Final Report to the Prosecutor by the Committee Established to Review the NATO Bombing Campaign Against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (2000)
- Barcelona Traction, Light, and Power Company, Ltd., ICJ Judgement (1970)
- Military and Paramilitary Activities in and against Nicaragua (Nicaragua v. United States of America), ICJ Judgement (1986)
- Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, ICJ Advisory Opinion (2004)
- Armed Activities on the Territory of the Congo (Democratic Republic of the Congo v. Uganda), ICJ Judgment (2005)
- Inter American Court of Human Rights, Advisory Opinion OC-23/17 on The Environment and Human Rights (2017)
- Prosecutor v. Prlić et al., Trial Chamber Judgment, ICTY (2013)
- Prosecutor v. Prlić et al., Appeal Chamber Judgement, ICTY (2017)
- UN General Assembly Resolutions:
- Strauss, M. J. (2015). Territorial Leasing in Diplomacy and International Law. Leiden: Brill Nijhoff - available on Team Homepage
- Unilateral coercive measures: notion, types and qualification, Report of the Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights, Alena Douhan (2021) - Updated 7 October 2022
- Second Batch published 7 November 2022
- ICRC, Customary International Humanitarian Law, Vol. I: Rules (Jean-Marie Henckaerts & Louise Doswald-Beck) (2005).
- HCJ 2690/09 Yesh Din et al. v. IDF Commander, 28 March 2010.
- ILC, Draft Articles on Diplomatic Protection with Commentaries (2006).
- Commission on Human Rights, Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, The Adverse Consequences of Economic Sanctions: Review of Further Developments (The Bossuyt Report), U.N. Doc. E/CN.4/Sub.2/2000/33 (21 June 2000).
- Al-Skeini and Others v. UK, App. No. 55721/07, ECtHR (7 July 2011).
- Central Front (Partial Award) (Ethiopia’s Claim 2), XXVI Eritrea-Ethiopia Cl. Trib. Reps. 155 (Apr. 28, 2004).
- World Economic Forum, Plastics, the Circular Economy, and Global Trade, White Paper (2020).
- Rebecca Barber, An Explanation of the General Assembly’s Troubled Relationship with Unilateral Sanctions, 70 Int’l & Compt. L. Quarterly 343 (2021).
- Lori F. Damrosch, The Legitimacy of Economic Sanctions as Countermeasures for Wrongful Acts, 37 Berkeley J. Int’l L. 249 (2019).
- Tom Ruys, Sanctions, Retorsions and Countermeasures: Concepts and International Legal Framework, in Research Handbook on UN sanctions and international law (Edward Elgar Publishing) (2016).
- Detlev F. Vagts, The Traditional Legal Concept of Neutrality in a Changing Environment, 14(1) Am. U. Int’l L. 83 (1998).
- Asaf Lubin, The Reasonable Intelligence Agency, 47 Yale J. Int’l. L. 119 (2022).
- Rebecca Crootof, War Torts, 97(4) NYU L. Rev. 1063 (2022).
- Hao-Nhien Q. Vu, The Law of Treaties and the Export of Hazardous Waste, 12(2) UCLA J. Environ. L. & Pol’y 389 (1994)
- Eva Romée van der Marel, Trading Plastic Waste in a Global Economy: Soundly Regulated by the Basel Convention?, Environ. L. 1 (2022).
- Ryan Goodman, The Detention of Civilians in Armed Conflict, 103(1) J. Int’l. L. 48 (2009).
- Monica Hakimi, A Functional Approach to Targeting and Detention, 110 Mich. L. Rev. 1365 (2012).
- Zachary Mollengarden & Noam Zamir, The Monetary Gold Principle: Back to Basics, 115(1) Am. J. Int’l. L. 41 (2021).
- Marko Milanovic, Mistakes of Fact When Using Lethal Force in International Law: Part I, Part II, EJIL: Talk! (2020).
- Prosecutor v. Kupreskic, Case No. IT-95-16-T , Judgment ⁋524 (Int'l Crim. Trib. for the Former Yugoslavia Jan. 14, 2000).
- Secondary sanctions, civil and criminal penalties for circumvention of sanctions regimes and overcompliance with sanctions, Report of the Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights, Alena F. Douhan (15 July 2022)
National and Qualifying Rounds Schedule
The dates for all Jessup 2023 National and Friendly Rounds as well as Jessup Trainings will be updated on a rolling basis.
National and Friendly Competitions without details have not yet been confirmed. Additional National or Friendly Rounds may be added over the course of several weeks based on Jessup Team registration. Questions can be sent to [email protected].
National and Friendly Rounds
|Argentina||Argentina National Jessup Committee||3-5 March|
|Armenia||Meri Batikyan||4-5 March|
|Australia||Dilan Thampapillai||7-11 February||Canberra|
|Bangladesh||Washik Muhammod Istiaq Ezaz||9-11 February|
|Brazil||Thais Neves||9-11 March|
|Bulgaria||Evgeny Minchev||27 February - 5 March|
|Canada||Leah West||23-25 February||University of Manitoba|
|Central Asia Friendly||Salimjon Yusupov||15-17 February||Tashkent State University School of Law|
|Chile||Gustav Jacob||6-8 February|
|China||Wenqi Zhu||An announcement will be made shortly
If online: 24-28 Feb
If in-person: 18-20 Feb
|Renmin University of China|
|Chinese Taipei||Wan Chun Wendy Ho||3-5 February|
|Colombia||Daniela Badalacchi Baños||2-4 March||Bogota|
|Egypt||Nada Hesham||23-25 February|
|Estonia||Aleksandr Popov||11-12 March|
|Ethiopia||Dersolegn Yeneabat||26-28 January|
|European Friendly||Roxanna Nazari||9-11 March||University of Geneva|
Tiago Fidalo de Freitas
|Georgia||Ana Jabauri||28-29 January||Tbilisi|
|Germany||Vincent Widdig||1-4 March||Berlin|
|Ghana||Adwoa Twumwaa Owusu-Ansah
|Greece||Isavella Vasilogeorgi||17-18 February|
|Guatemala||Claudia Caceres||2-4 March|
|Gulf Friendly||Hanaa Abdullah Al Ebrahim||19-21 March|
|Hong Kong China||Sakinah Sat||11-12 March|
|India||Bhavna Batra||22-26 February||Virtual|
|Indonesia||Vania Anastasia Sefanny||Prelims: 4-5 February
Finals: 11 February
|Preliminary Rounds: Virtual
Finals: Universitas Katolik Parahyangan
|Iran||Ali Masoudian||16-17 February||MIS
|Iraq||Salah Sedeeq Saeed||20-22 January|
|Italy||Agnese Pizzolla||8-11 February||Università degli Studi Roma Tre|
|Japan||Akiho Shibata||18-19 February|
|Kazakhstan||Salimjon Yusupov||15-17 February||Tashkent State University School of Law, Uzbekistan|
|Kenya||Dominic Ndungu||18 February|
|Kyrgyzstan||Salimjon Yusupov||15-17 February||Tashkent State University School of Law, Uzbekistan|
|Latvia||Kristaps Tamuzs||18 March||Latvian Constitutional Court|
|Lebanon||Rayan Kouatly||20-24 February|
|Macau China||Wang Jia|
|Mexico||Rubén Darío Álvarez Ángeles||6-10 March|
|Mongolia||Manduul Alimaa||11-12 February|
|Nepal||Prajwol Bickram Rana||23-25 February|
|Netherlands||Desiree Blessing||27-28 February|
|Pakistan||Fazeel Hyder Chohan||26-28 January||National University of Science & Technology, Islamabad|
|Panama||Isabel Cristina Lopez||17 February|
|Philippines||Enrique Dela Cruz||22-25 February|
|Portugal||Tiago Fidalgo de Freitas|
|Sierra Leone||Karina Gbakie||9-10 February|
|Singapore||Zhen Ru Lim|
|South Africa||Jade Konig||4-5 March|
|South Korea||Dr. Hyokwon Kim||25 February|
|Spain||Juan Jonas de Gil Blanco Rajoy||27 February - 3 March|
|Tanzania||Pasience Mlowe||8-9 February|
|Thailand||Akawat Laowonsiri||18 February||Bangkok Club|
|Turkey||Efe Soysal||11-12 March||Bahçeşehir University|
|Uganda||Raymond Muhekyi||24-25 February|
|Ukraine||Mariia Stolbova||11-12 February||Virtual|
|United Kingdom||Andrew Holmes||17-19 February|
|United States - Chicago||Meredith Perlman||10-12 February||Loyola University Chicago School of Law|
|United States - Denver||Katy Ellis||24-26 February||University of Denver|
|United States - New York||ILSA||9-12 March||White & Case|
|United States - Portland||Natascha Smith||3-5 March||Lewis & Clark Law School|
|United States - Washington, DC||ILSA||23-26 February||Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill|
|Uzbekistan||Salimjon Yusupov||15-17 February||Tashkent State University School of Law, Uzbekistan|
|Central Asian Jessup Summer School||1-6 August 2022||KAZGUU University
|Jessup Bangladesh Pre Jessup Workshop||11-12 August 2022||American Independent University Bangladesh (AIUB)
|Jessup Nepal Pre Jessup Workshop||9-10 September 2022||Aloft Kathmandu Thamel
|Latin American Jessup School||19-29 October 2022||Online|
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.
Financial Support for Judges
Applications for financial support for judges who wish to attend the 2023 White & Case Jessup International Rounds, 8-15 April 2023 in Washington, D.C., is now open. If you would like to apply, please complete the application form below. Applications will be considered as they are submitted. The deadline is January 9, 2023.
Rusty Dalferes was passionate about furthering the “Spirit of the Jessup.” In his 15 years as the International Rounds Judge Coordinator, he witnessed first-hand the positive impact our judges have. He would often note that there were many judges around the globe who would have been valuable members of the International Rounds benches. Further, he recognized that judges who experienced the International Rounds were better champions for the rule of law and were motivated to help promote it in their own countries. He also recognized, however, that the time and financial burden of traveling to Washington could be an insurmountable hurdle for many. In honor of these principles, and in memory of our good friend who left us too soon earlier this year, the Rusty Dalferes Memorial Fund has been established. If you would like to donate to the fund, please donate here.
Any judge who wishes to be considered for a financial award from the Fund can apply using the form below. Applications will be considered as they are submitted. The deadline is January 9, 2023.