Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition


The Jessup team will host an information event on 20 May 2021 at 6:15 p.m. via Zoom (find link here), where you will get to know your coaches and may ask any questions concerning the upcoming competition.

The participation in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition has a long tradition at Kiel University. Every year the Walther Schücking Institute for International Law selects and coaches a team of law students, providing them with adequate workspaces and access to the Institute’s Library as well.

The Jessup Competition is a simulation of a fictional legal dispute between states on current issues of public international law before the International Court of Justice in The Hague. Law students, forming teams of ‘lawyers’, prepare oral and written pleadings in English arguing both the applicant and respondent positions of the case. They then compete against one another before a panel of judges, simulating proceedings before the International Court of Justice. At first, teams from the same country compete in the qualifying rounds, the so-called national rounds. The best teams then advance to the international rounds held in Washington D.C.

While participating in the competition, the team is supervised and guided by WSI research associates as well as student assistants from the Institute. Upon a successful participation students receive a certificate.

This year's supervisors and assistants are Moritz von Rochow, Alea Kobbe, Hannah Strewe, Lea-Carlotta Laux, Farnam Mofakhami and Albert Schlosser.

Call for applications are usually announced towards the end of the summer semester in May.

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