The Jessup Competition

The International Law Students Association

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 organizations activities include the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.

What is the Jessup Competition?

The Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition is an advocacy competition for law students. Teams of law students compete against one another through the presentation of oral and written pleadings in the context of a hypothetical legal dispute between nations.


Students pursuing a law degree or a degree related to international law at an eligible school may compete on behalf of that school. Each Jessup team may have a maximum of five team members, but must have at least two team members to constitute a team. The official language of the Jessup Competition is English. The Jessup Competition consists of two levels: the Qualifying Tournaments, and the White & Case International Rounds. When more than one team from a single country registers for the Jessup Competition, a Qualifying Tournament will be organized to determine which team or teams will represent that country at the White & Case International Rounds. The Jessup Competition is judged by an elite corps of volunteer attorneys
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