Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

The Philip C. Jessup International Competition is the largest moot court competition in the world and the premier such event for international law. The Jessup Competition involves teams from over 500 law schools representing over 80 countries. The Center provides assistance and support to the College of Law’s Jessup team.
The Jessup Competition is managed by the International Law Students Association and sponsored by the law firm White & Case. Each year, the competition presents a simulation of a dispute between states appearing before the International Court of Justice. The case materials are posted on the Jessup Competition website ( along with competition rules and relevant materials.
Each law school is allowed to field a single team which prepares both oral written responses for both the Applicant and Respondent positions of the case. The U.S. Jessup competition begins with regional events involving multiple schools in the early part of the spring semester. Winners of the regional events then advance to the finals which are held in Washington. DC each spring.
College of Law team members are selected through a competitive process early in the fall semester. They then work with the Center and team coaches who provide background and assistance in studying the case. Team members generally spend substantial time preparing multiple drafts of their briefs in preparation for the competition. In addition, College of Law faculty, local international lawyers and others then serve as mock judges as the team prepares for the regionals.
In the 2011 competition, the College of Law team was the 5th best in the world for memorials, the 17th best team overall in the world, and team member Rob Gordon was the 8th best oralist in the world.

 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition Team – 2014

  • Honore Callingham
  • Lauren Hill
  • Andrew Lishko
  • Amanda Newman
  • Nicole Stewart

 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition Team – 2013

  • Adibahon Jurayeva
  • Chase Haslam
  • Michael O'Boyle
  • Morgan Rucker
  • Trevor Cox

Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition Team – 2012

  • David Jackson
  • Justin Cryder
  • Justin Clark
  • Sara Little

Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition Team – 2011

  • Adam Reich
  • Jared Sutton
  • Rob Gordon
  • Sam Efird

Applying to be part of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Team

Interested students should submit applications to Ben Rundall, the External Competitions Chair of the Moot Court Board, at by Thursday September 12, 2013 Your email should include:
  • a resume
  • short writing sample
  • a one-page addendum.

The addendum should be bullet-pointed and describe the student’s: (1) 1L legal writing grades; (2) previous public speaking experience; (3) previous international experience or education, and (4) competition preference order. Those selected for tryouts must deliver a short (5 minute or less) oral argument on their writing sample. Team members who do not wish to deliver an oral argument, but would like to be considered only as a brief writer, should indicate this on their addendum.