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Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition (Jessup)



The Jessup competition is named after Judge Philip C. Jessup, who served on the International Court of Justice (ICJ) from 1961 to 1970. Having been running for over 50 years, it is now the biggest moot court competition in the world, with participants from over 500 law schools in more than 80 countries. Moreover, it enables a community of legal professionals and academics to build bonds and engage in an invaluable cultural and scientific exchange.

The Jessup competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute before the ICJ. It consists of two phases (one written and one oral) and is held in English. Student teams prepare written pleadings on a problem of international law and present their arguments orally, with two teams matched against each other. The International Rounds are hosted in Washington, D.C.

Past performance highlights:

  • 2013-2014: 35th place in the International Rounds in Washington D.C.; 24th best pleader overall for Moritz Klein
  • 2014-2015: 32nd place in the International Rounds in Washington, D.C., qualification for the Advanced Rounds; Award for the 6th Best Combined Written Memorials
  • 2016-2017: 52nd place in the International Rounds in Washington, D.C. out of more than 150 participating teams


The Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Competition constitutes a unique opportunity to improve a great range of legal skills which are required for a future career in the legal sector. Participants acquire extensive knowledge on efficient research techniques, on drafting highly sophisticated memorials and on obtaining vast legal terminology to express themselves in a refined manner. Furthermore, the six-month preparation to Washington perfectly illustrates the necessity and importance of teamwork, dedication and perfectionism in order to achieve the best possible result. The Jessup Moot, which constitutes the largest moot court competition in the world, is in every aspect a challenge: in order to prevail against 700 law schools only your best performance is good enough.
-Christoph Rueegg (2014-2015)

In the beginning, I hesitated as to whether I should do the Jessup or not.  Everyone told me it would involve loads of work and time. However, with hindsight, I have to say that it was one of the best experiences during my time as a student. Not only was my knowledge of international law and the ability to plead refined, amazing friendships with the coaches and teammates were built at the same time. It was truly an unforgettable experience, which I have to recommend to every law student, not only for their current studies, but also for their future endeavours.
-Moritz Klein (2013-2014)





2015-2016 Jessup Team in Washington D.C.