Kieler Jessup Team Ranked Sixth for ‘Best Written Pleadings’ in the German National Rounds

Mar 15, 2018

This year's German National Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition took place in Kiel, at the Parliament of Schleswig-Holstein and the townhall, from 28 February until 3 March 2018. The Kieler team had already gripping matches in the preliminary rounds competing against among others the two finalists: the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (national champion) and the Hertie School of Governance.

Despite a great performance, the team didn’t advance to the quarter finals, but was placed sixth in the category ‘best written pleadings’, together with the University of Heidelberg.

The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court is the largest and most prestigious international moot court in the field of public international law. The Competition is about a fictional legal dispute between two states before the International Court of Justice with each team representing the applicant as well as the respondent side. This year’s case touched upon the subjects of the invalidity of international awards, the use of underwater drones, nuclear disarmament as well as naval warfare. The participation in the Competition proved to be a very valuable experience for the Kieler team, since they learned to deal with a complex case for several months and present their arguments in English in written form as well as orally in front of an international bench.

‘The Jessup’ enjoys a longstanding tradition in Kiel and the Walther Schücking Institute is delighted that this year’s national rounds in Kiel will have drawn new attention to it among students. Applications for the Kieler Jessup Team 2019 can be submitted from now on. For more information on this, please follow this link:

Jessup Team 2018


left to right: Armine Usojan (student coach), Felix Telschow (head coach), Nathalie Zavazava (student coach) and the team members: Clemens Dorsel, Lea Paustian, Tom Wittke, Berit Jens und Anna Barckhausen; not in the picture: David Schenk (student coach).