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What is Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court?

Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court

Jessup is the world's largest moot court competition, with participants from over 680 law schools in 100 countries and jurisdictions. The first edition of the competition - back then simply named "International Law Moot" - took place on May 8, 1960, when two teams of students, all enrolled at Harvard University, discussed the very first Jessup Problem: "The Cuban Agrarian Reform Case". Renamed after Philip C. Jessup in 1963 and opened to non-US universities in 1969, the competition is today organised by the International Law Students Association (ILSA).
The Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition is an advocacy competition for law students. The Competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations. Teams of law students compete against one another through the presentation of oral and written pleadings to address timely issues of public international law in the context of a hypothetical legal dispute between nations. The Jessup Competition is named after Philip C. Jessup, the United States representative to the International Court of Justice, who was elected by the United Nations to serve a nine-year term in 1961. Judge Jessup had a long and distinguished academic, judicial, and diplomatic career. He practiced law and taught at several American universities until the time he was appointed as a Judge.

About ILSA

Shortly after the first Jessup Competition, the idea of creating an organization to serve the needs of students interested in international law arose. In 1962, students from a number of campuses founded the Association of Student International Law Societies. The Association evolved over the years, and in 1987, reconstituted itself as the International Law Students Association (ILSA). In May 1994, ILSA incorporated as a non-profit organization in the District of Columbia in response to its rapid expansion and development. The International Law Students Association is a non-profit association of students and lawyers who are dedicated to the promotion of international law.

ILSA provides students with opportunities to study, research, and network in the international legal arena. The organization's activities include academic conferences, publications, the global coordination of student organizations, and the administration of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. ILSA seeks to promote international law; to encourage communication and cooperation among students and lawyers internationally; to contribute to legal education; to promote social responsibility in the field of law; to increase opportunities for students to learn about other cultures and legal systems worldwide; and to publicize educational and career opportunities in international law.

Participation and Eligibility

All educational institutions offering a degree in law or in a field related to international law are eligible to participate in the Competition. All determinations of eligibility are in the discretion of the ILSA’s Executive Director. In exceptional cases, the Executive Director, in consultation with the relevant Administrator, may grant eligibility to institutions with degree programs in international relations, provided that adequate instruction in international law will be available to all members of the Team.
Each institution may enter one Team, regardless of the number of colleges, departments, faculties, or schools within that institution, and the Team may include students from one or more of its colleges, departments, faculties, or schools (for example, by allowing a student in an international relations program to compete on the Team with students from its law faculty).

However, a duly authorized officer of an institution may petition the Executive Director, in writing and prior to the start of the Competition Year, to allow the participation of more than one Team from that institution. Additional Teams may be allowed if it is established that each such Team fulfills the participation and registration requirements of these Rules, and one of the following conditions is met: (i) an intramural competition or other Team selection process would be difficult or impossible to hold due to the institution’s regulations, calendar, geographic location(s), or other circumstances beyond the control of the institution or participating Teams; or (ii) the Teams represent different colleges, faculties, branches, departments, or campuses of the same institution and will be participating independently of each other.

An institution located in one jurisdiction (the “home jurisdiction”) that has a permanent physical campus in another jurisdiction (the “foreign jurisdiction”), and that wishes to register a Team in the foreign jurisdiction, must petition the Executive Director in writing. The Executive Director may consult with the Administrator in the home and foreign jurisdictions, request additional information from the petitioning school, and conduct an independent investigation. The ILSA’s Executive Director may then grant or withhold permission to enter such Team in the best interests of the Competition. Permission may be subject to such conditions as the Executive Director may determine, including, in particular, limitations on the composition of the Team (for example, a requirement that all Team members be enrolled full time at the foreign campus).

Judges and Eligibility to Judge

The Jessup Competition is judged by an elite corps of volunteers. Judges are needed to evaluate and score the written and oral pleadings of the competitors.

All those interested in serving as judge at the Iranian National Rounds are invited to fill in the Judge Registration Form.

Given the limited judging slots available at the Iranian National Rounds, we may not be able to confirm all applicants to judge.

We will contact you as soon as possible to confirm whether it will be possible for us to accommodate your request.

Hence, register today if you are interested in judging memorials or oral rounds at the 2020 Iranian Qualifying Rounds!


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Our Judges Review

We request from judges invited for Jessup Competition 2019- Iranian Qualifying Rounds, to share their experience with us.

Dr. Aniruddha Rajput
Member of UN International Law Commission

“The standard of teams in the Iranian national round was very high. It was a highly competitive event allowing the best talent to shine. I am sure there must have been some very difficult moments for judges to choosing the best teams and some very deserving teams must have felt disappointed. But that is a competition is where the best comes out. I am confident that the Iranian team that travels to Washington DC will make Iran and international community worldwide proud. I wish all the success to the winning teams and express confidence that they would inspire and motivate more Iranian youngsters to undertake studies and career in international law.
MIS has done an exceptional task in organising this event. The event was run professionally by the MIS team. The organisation was impeccable- accolades to the entire team for such smooth organisation of an otherwise very difficult event!”

Ms. Hannah Sawbey
Legal Assistant at Taxify

 “What can I say to possibly sum up the wounderful experience of judging Jessup in Iran?
Having the opportunity to participate in an event which encourages students to debate legal problems from perspectives which may not necessarily be there own is a huge benefit in legal education.
Playing the role of a judge in pushing students to think of their feet and develop fast alternatives truly helps them develop as young lawyers and is also lots of fun for us as judges!
Further, having the opportunity to sit on the judges’ panel with such estimated names in international law from Iran was an incredible opportunity for me as a young lawyer.
The event was very well organized and the flow of compilation was seemless. I would like to say a big thank you to all of our hosts who contributed to making our time in Iran so special.”


MIS and Jessup Related Events


Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition 2021

The 2021 Jessup Problem will concern

  • a global pandemic, and the obligations and responses of States with respect to the outbreak
  • jurisdiction of the Court
  • a desperate claim for political asylum by an alleged rogue scientist
  • State responsibility for suspicious aircraft explosion  

Jessup Competition Iranain Qualifying Rounds-2020

On 5&6 February MIS administered and organized the Jessup Competition 2020, Iranian Qualifying Rounds. 6 Teams participated in this year's competition. During the preliminary rounds which consisted of 5 rounds and 12 matched, they presented their arguments, twice as the respondent and twice as the applicant, before benches of 3 judges, who were all highly qualified and experienced University professors and Jessup alumni.
in the end, teams of Allameh Tabataba'i University and the University of Qom advanced to the final round, in which, after much deliberation of the respected judges of Final round, Dr. Mohsen Mohebi, Dr. Behzad Saberi Ansari and Dr. Mohsen Abdollahi, Allameh Tabataba'i University team was chosen as the Champion of the Iranian Qualifying Rounds and it will represent Iran in the International Rounds in Washington DC, in April 2020.
The University of Qom team was also awarded as the runner-up of the competition.
The Ferdowsi University of Mashhad team, which participated in the Jessup competition for the first time, won the Spirit of the Jessup Award, as a gratitude for the many efforts they made to represent their university.
Ms. Paria Keramatkhah was Awarded as  the Best Oralist, and Mr. Kamran Sheikhi  Sheikhi won the second Best Oralist Award.
Many thanks to our respected judges Dr. Mojtaba Asgharian, Dr. Hamideh Barmakhshad, Dr. Nima Nasrollahi, Dr. Hadi Azari, Mr. Ali Masoudi, Mr. Seyed Mohammadali Abdollahi, Ms. Tina Sadaghiani, Ms. Zahra Moshref Javadi, Ms. Negin Nadali, Mr. Saeed Kaveh, Mr. Farzad Fallah, Mr. Syed Muhammad Hadi Hamdani, Ms. Farimah M Kashkooli and Dr. Noban Fashandi for contributing to the this year's competition, their time and effort and sharing their invaluable experience with their participants. with their contribution to the Jessup community, we will definitely see the competition grow and thrive in our country. Their role in educating international lawyers and scholars and the prosperity of international law studies in our country is unsurpassed.

Jessup Competition UAE Qualifying Rounds-2020

Modern International Law Studies, as the ILSA's Administrator in the UAE, held the national rounds of the Jessup competition 2020 in the AUE, Dubai. Two teams competed in this year's national rounds from NYU Abu Dhabi and Middlesex Dubai in two rounds, and the team from NYU Abu Dhabi was declared as the Champion of the 2020 Jessup competition, UAE National Rounds. Lana Abdelwahab was also elected as the best mooter.  Judges: Dr. Sirous Motevassel, Dr. Amer Fakhoury, Dr. Jinan Bastaki, Oleksandra Sotrozhuk and Menna Khalil.


Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Competition 2019- UAE Qualifying Round

On 2 February 2019, MIS organized the UAE Jessup Competition Qualifying Round in Dubai. 2 teams participated in this year's qualifying round and competed in 2 rounds, during which they presented their arguments as both applicant and respondent before a bench of 3 judges. Judges included:

  • Mr. Herb Wolfson, Arbitrator, Attorney and Instructor with 25 years of experience and Jessup judge since 2012;
  • Ms. Aleksandra Storozhuk, experienced legal counsel and former participant of the Jessup Competition and judge since 2015;
  • Dr. Sirous Motavassel, Founder of Modern International Law Studies, Attorney with 18 years of experience and Arbitrator in Investment Disputes;
  • Dr. Amer Fakhoury, Associate Professor of Public International Law at American University in the Emirates and Associate Dean of College of Law;
  • Mr. Micheal Farchakh, Legal Consultant, Attorney in New York and Beirut and Judge in the Jessup Competition since 2016.

participating teams were from Middlesex University Dubai and New York University Dubai. Champion of this Qualifying Round is the Middlesex University Team.

The Professor Vasco de Jesus Rodrigues for the Best Mooter was given to Ms. Nadia Ridwan Simpson from the Middlesex University.

Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Competition 2019- Iranian Qualifying Round

On 20 &21 January 2019, MIS held the Jessup 2019- Iranian Qualifying Round in the MIS Tehran office.

This competition was organized in collaboration with the Iran’s National Administrator of International Law Students Association (ILSA), Mr. Anoshiravan Naderi.

This year’s national round was the biggest and most competitive Jessup competition in Iran since 2014, with the presence of 32 judges for the oral rounds and memorials and 9 participating teams.

All the recruited judges were notable scholars both from Iran and abroad, experienced in the Jessup competitions and other international moot competitions.

Each team competed four times, twice as respondent and applicant and two teams were chosen to be the finalist competing before a bench of five judges which included: Dr. Aniruddha Rajput, member of UN International Law Commission, Dr. Vismay Shroff, Professor Vasco de Jesus Rodrigues, Dr. Behzad Saberi and Dr. Alireza Kazemi Abadi.

Other judges of the oral round also included:

  • Dr. Hossein Sadat Meidani
  • Dr. Mohsen Abdollahi
  • Dr. Ali Garshasbi
  • Ms. Maryam Ansari
  • Ms. Yasaman Anvari
  • Ms. Hannah Swabey
  • Mr. Moien Arefi fard
  • Dr. Fahim Danesh

The champion of this year’s qualifying round is Allameh Tabatabai University Team and the Runner up team is college of Farabi (University of Tehran) team and both teams were awarded during the closing ceremony.

Also, two other awards under the name of professor Vasco de Jesus Rodrigues were granted to a team and one of the participants.

Professor Vasco de Jesus Rodrigues Memorial Award given to a person dedicated to the Jessup Competition 2019 was given to Ms. Mahnaz Hosseinpour, and Professor Vasco de Jesus Rodrigues Memorial Award given to a team dedicated to the Jessup Competition 2019 was given to Azad University- Central Branch Team.

Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Competition 2018- Iranian Qualifying Round

Modern International Study sponsored the national round of the Philip C. Jessup 2018 Moot Court Competition and had proudly host these competitions in the MIS Tehran Office.

In the course of this competition, 5 teams from Shahid Beheshti University, Science and Research Branch of Islamic Azad University, Mofid University, College of Farabi of University of Tehran competed in 3 preliminary and one final rounds in the presence of 10 judges.

Judges of the preliminary rounds included: Dr. Hossein Sadat median, Mr. Farzad Fallah, Mr. Moien Arefifard, Dr. Hadi Azari, Ms. Tina Sadaghiani, Dr. Ali Garshasbi, Dr. Hamideh Barmakhshad and judges of thr final round were Dr. Pouria Askary, Dr. Mohsen Mohebi and Dr. Alireza Kazemi Abadi.

MIS also had the honor of hosting Executive director of the ILSA (International Law Students Association), Ms. Lesley Benn, along with some of the International Law Professors such as Dr. Ebrahim Beigzadeh.

At the closing ceremony, Ms. Benn gave a speech during which she mentioned the importance and benefits of Jessup competitions in Iran and also expressed satisfaction with the quality of held competition, and hosting institution of this round of Jessup Moot Court Competitions in Iran. after that, Dr. Sirous Motevassel, founder of the Modern International Study, gave a speech about the Centre supporting attitude towards Law students and particularly international law students and also the importance of events such as moot courts in promotion of this field of law. Afterwards, prizes were given to the Champion team, the respectable judges and Ms. Lesly Ben as a notion of gratitude for their efforts.

Tehran Office

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Dubai Office

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