The Jessup is the largest and most prestigious moot court competition in the world, attracting thousands of top students from more than 500 law schools in more than 80 countries. It is a simulation of a public international law dispute between two countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations. Teams must compete in national or regional qualifying tournaments to select the 100 or so teams that compete for the Jessup World Cup in Washington each spring. Teams from across Canada compete in a Canadian National Division qualifying tournament. The top two Canadian teams advance to the international round in Washington, D.C.
The Jessup involves a fictional public international law dispute between fictional countries before the International Court of Justice. Jessup problems are notorious for their complexity. The problem is a hypothetical set of facts contained in a Compromis or agreed statement of facts and jurisdiction. Canadian National Division Qualifying Tournament attracts teams from approximately 15 law schools across Canada, including civil and common law schools. It is hosted by a different law school each year. Teams are divided into pairs, one pair representing the Applicant state, one representing the Respondent. Students prepare written submissions known as Memorials (equivalent to a factum) and present oral arguments before panels of three judges, usually comprising lawyers in private or government practice and academics. The members of final benches often include judges, prominent academics and prominent international law practitioners.
Please see the Global Jessup website for more details.