Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot

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.

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. Please   see the Global Jessup website for more details.  Please click here for more information.

What You Need to Know

  • This is a public international law moot
  • Canadian teams compete in a qualifying tournament in March, hosted by a Canadian law school
  • The top two Canadian teams advance to the international round in Washington, D.C.
  • The members of final benches often include judges, prominent academics, and prominent international law practitioners
  • There is a high level of commitment required during exams and over the holiday period, when the bulk of the written work must be completed, and in the late winter/early spring, when a rigorous practice schedule is implemented


  • The team is comprised of four oralists and one researcher
  • Interested students should apply through the upper year consolidated mooting tryouts


  • Team members receive three graded credits for their participation, which will be applied in the Winter term
  • Team members are required to enroll in the Appellate Advocacy Workshop and will receive two credits for their participation, which will be applied in the Fall term
  • No additional credits will be provided should the team advance to the world championship