Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

The participation in the "Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competetion" has a long tradion at Kiel University. The Walther-Schuecking-Institute for International Law takes comprehensive care of the participating team, including the supply of appropiate working spaces and excess to the international law library.

A ‘Moot Court’ is a competition in which students take on the role of lawyers in fictitious legal disputes. Participants in the competition prepare written pleadings in English for a case on international public law especially written for the competition. Teams then pit themselves against one another in a mock court setting, pleading on behalf of the interests of their respective fictitious countries. The court proceedings are conducted in accordance with the rules of procedure of the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

While participating in the competion, the students are supported by research assistants from the Walther-Schuecking-Institute, who act as coaches. For the successful participation, students receive a certicicate.

This year, the Walther-Schuecking-Institute for International Law is again looking for students who are interested to compete as a team against approximately 15 other teams form all over Germany and possibly reach the International Rounds in Washington D.C.


Every spring/summer interested students can apply to become a member of the Moot Court Team by giving a presentation of a fictious case released as a try-out case. Expressions of interest can already be submitted at a earlier stage.

The try-out case is a small case concerning questions of international law with about two questions as a guidance for the presentation to be prepared. Last year's try-out case can be viewed here as an illustration.

Expected is a short presentation of about five minutes in English language with an ensuing discussion of the same length. Students shall present an approach to the problems raised by the case; a comprehensive solution is not required.

For further information, please contact Jens Kaiser.

Further Information about the Jessup Moot Court