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 Jessup Compendium is a compilation of the results of the annual Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, including the Compromis, the Judges' Memorandum of Law and Authorities, Award Winning Memorials, and the Results of the International Rounds.
Now in its 58th year, the Jessup Competition is one of the world's premier international law events, with participants from over 550 law schools in more than 87 countries. The competition simulates a fictional international dispute before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations. Representing both sides of the argument, each Jessup team is required to prepare oral and written pleadings.
Thousands of law students from around the world work to craft persuasive arguments to the pressing legal questions presented by the Jessup Problem (the Compromis), which every year addresses timely issues of international law. The students first compete in national or regional competitions in January and February. Winners (and other highly ranked teams) earn a place at the world championship White & Case International Rounds, held every spring in Washington, D.C. Each volume of the Jessup Compendium chronicles the journey of the year's Competition, from the release of the problem to the winning memorials and final results. Also included in the Compendium are that year's official Bench Memorandum and copies of the winning memorials from the Evans, Dillard, and Baxter Competitions.