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 administered by the International Law Students Association (ILSA) and concerns a fictional dispute, written by global experts in international law, before the International Court of Justice. Teams make oral and written submissions on behalf of both the applicant and respondent.
ANU College of Law students participate in the Jessup Moot as a summer session elective unit (LAWS4010/LAWS6010). A common mark for this unit is usually given to all team members. Previous ANU College of Law teams have performed exceptionally well in the Jessup competition: the 2010 ANU team was the second to win in the international rounds and the 2016 team came first in the Australian rounds of the competition. We are looking forward to working with the team for 2024!
To be eligible to apply for the Jessup Moot competition, students must:
- Be a current ANU Bachelor of Laws (LLB (Hons)) or Juris Doctor (JD) student; and
- Have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses; and
- Submit an application before the deadline.
Details about the Competition
The problem for the 2024 competition will be released in late September 2023, but the ANU team will not begin work until after the completion of second semester exams in November, whereupon they will begin in earnest preparing their written memorials. Memorials are due in early January, and after their submission the team’s focus will shift towards practice for the oral presentation of submissions. The team will practise together regularly for around six weeks, while simultaneously conducting ongoing research to support their submissions.
The ANU team will compete with other Australian law schools in the national rounds in February 2024. The winning team from the Australian rounds will travel to the United States to compete in the international rounds in Washington DC in April 2024.
The domestic Jessup rounds are of a very high standard, with Australian teams always performing well in the international competition: since 2000, Australian university teams have won the international rounds ten times!
James Fisher will coach the ANU College of Law team for the 2024 competition in collaboration with an assistant coach.
Team members are required to prepare for Jessup full time from the end of November exams until the Australian rounds in February 2024. (This will not require constant presence in Canberra except during certain periods, but team members must be available online during the entire preparation period). Modest scholarships are available to those who may suffer financial hardship due to this requirement.
Jessup unquestionably requires hard work, but competitors invariably find it an invaluable and formative experience. It is a unique opportunity to meet some of the nation’s best law students and professionals. Teams may have a maximum of five members.
More information can be found on the International Law Students Association (ILSA) website.
Application Dates, Application form and Selection Criteria
Applications Open: Monday 24 July 2023, 9:00am
Applications Close: Friday 25 August 2023, 11:45pm
Expected Decision Date: end of September
Applicants will be assessed based on:
- basic familiarity with international law;
- research and mooting experience (desirable but not essential);
- general academic performance; and
- the ability to work effectively in a team.
It is also desirable to have at least one team member with strong skills in IT and editing (in Microsoft Word) to help in the demanding process of constructing memorials. Team members must not have graduated with an LLB or JD by the time the competition is held.