Jessup Moot

Application and important Dates

  • Applications Open: 9am 25 July 2022
  • Applications Close: 5pm 26 August 2022

The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the world's largest moot court competition, with participants from roughly 700 law schools in 100 countries and jurisdictions. The Competition is a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the primary judicial organ of the United Nations. The International Law Students Association (ILSA) administers the competition, and provides the hypothetical problem, written by global experts in international law in the form of a “compromis” between two fictional countries.

Teams prepare oral and written pleadings arguing both the applicant and respondent positions of the case. The 2022 Jessup Problem should be released in late September. The team does not begin work on the problem until after the completion of second semester exams in November 2021. The written memorials will be due in early January. The team then practices the presentation of their oral arguments for approximately 6 weeks, with the assistance of international law experts acting as judges. The ANU team will compete with other Australian law schools in the National Rounds in February 2022, with the winning Australian team progressing to the International Rounds in April 2022.

Jessup competitors find the experience very challenging but an invaluable and intensive international law experience. Jessup does require hard work. You will be required to work on Jessup full time from the end of exams in November to the Australian National Rounds in February 2022. We will expect dedication to ongoing research to improve the content of submissions. Modest scholarships are available to those who will suffer financial hardship due to this requirement. You will not need to be in Canberra during this period but must commit to being available online.

There is a maximum of 5 team members. Applicants will be considered in the light of: basic familiarity with international law; research experience and mooting experience (desirable but not essential); general academic performance; and the ability to work within a team environment. We are also hoping to find at least one team member with these qualities plus excellent Microsoft Word editing skills to help in the demanding requirements of constructing the memorials. Students must not have graduated with an LLB or JD by the time the competition is held.

A common mark for the unit is usually given to all team members.

ANU College of Law teams have performed exceptionally well in the Jessup competition. The 2010 ANU team won the Jessup Cup in the international rounds; being the second ANU team to win the international competition, and the 2016 team won the national competition. We are looking forward to working with the 2022 team.

The 2023 team coach for the ANU College of Law Jessup Moot team is not yet confrimed. Please direct any enquiries to the College Student and Education Support team.

Updated:  10 August 2015/Responsible Officer:  College General Manager, ANU College of Law/Page Contact:  Law Marketing Team