Release of the 2014 Philip C. Jessup Competition Compromis



The International Law Students Association (ILSA) has announced the release of the 2014 Jessup Compromis.


You can download the official version here: Word FormatPDF Format

Jessup is the world’s largest moot court competition, with participants from over 550 law schools in more than 80 countries. The Competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations. One team is allowed to participate from every eligible school. Teams prepare oral and written pleadings arguing both the applicant and respondent positions of the case.

Thousands of law students from around the world will work all year long on the season’s Jessup Problem, which for 2014 concerns the conflict between maritime development and conservation, criminal jurisdiction and maritime salvage rights. Most students must first compete in qualifying competitions (mostly held in January-March) to earn the right to advance to the White & Case International Rounds held every spring in Washington, D.C.

You can watch the 2013 Jessup Final Round Promo here:

In 2013 Colombia was represented by Universidad de los Andes (# 34). Universidad del Rosario was awarded as the Best Exhibition Team in the Best Applicant Memorial and Best Respondent Memorial category. The 2013 Jessup World Champion was the National Law School of India University (India).

2014 Schedule

16 September 2013: REGISTRATION OPENS

15 November 2013: DEADLINE for Registration (Online Form and Payment) for all Teams

15 January 2014: DEADLINE for Submission of Memorials.




You can find the complete schedule here.

The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is organized by the International Law Students Association (ILSA). ILSA’s mission is to promote awareness, study, and understanding of international law and related issues; to encourage communication and cooperation among law students and lawyers internationally; to promote social responsibility in the field of law; to increase opportunities to learn about other cultures and legal systems worldwide; and to publicize career opportunities in international law.

All the information is in ILSA’s website:

History of the Jessup Competition

The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition was the brainchild of Professor Richard R. Baxter at Harvard Law School, who worked with Professor Stephen M. Schwebel  (later President of the International Court of Justice) to create a courtroom simulation experience grounded in international law.

Originally named the “International Law Moot,” the Jessup Competition held its first round at Harvard University on 8 May 1960. The round, comprised only of Harvard Law students, involved a team of two American law students, Thomas J. Farer and William Zabel, and a team of two foreign LL.M. students, Ivan L. Head of Canada and Bernard H. Clark of New Zealand. The first Jessup problem was titled “Cuban Agrarian Reform Case” and was written by then Professor Schwebel. Since 1960, the Jessup Competition has been held annually, and student participation has increased dramatically.

From Afghanistan to Vietnam, Jessup Competition has engaged students from approximately 600 schools around the world, representing more than 80 countries, and making the Jessup Competition by far the largest Moot Court Competition in the world. Former Jessup participants now work at foreign, finance, and justice ministries in increasing numbers. They can also be found in the world’s finest law firms, corporations, universities, parliaments, and international organizations. Jessup participants worldwide continue to contribute their efforts to the development of international legal education, as well as international law itself.

More than a competition, the Jessup is a community of legal professionals, young and old, who build bonds and share an invaluable cultural and academic exchange with each other. Now, the Jessup Competition has a rich history and a longstanding commitment to promote the importance of the rule of law in the peaceful resolution of disputes.

Who was Philip C. Jessup?

The Jessup Competition is named after the Honorable Philip C. Jessup. Born in 1897 in New York, Judge Jessup received his bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College and his LL.B. from Yale University. He earned a Master’s degree and Ph.D. from Columbia University and later, an LL.D. from Hamilton College. Judge Jessup had a long and distinguished academic, judicial, and diplomatic career. From 1961 to 1970, he was a member of the International Court of Justice.  He practiced law and taught at several American universities until 1961. Jessup was an assistant to Elihu Root during the 1929 Conference of Jurists on the Permanent Court of International Justice.

He attended both the Bretton Woods and San Francisco Conferences, and played a key role in the formation of the International Law Commission (ILC). Jessup served as American ambassador to the United Nations from 1948 to 1953. He was President of The American Society of International Law from 1954 to 1955, and a member of the Curatorium of the Hague Academy of International Law from 1957 to 1968. Judge Jessup’s publications include The United States and the World Court (1929); International Security (1935); Elihu Root (1938); International Problems of Governing Mankind (1947); A Modern Law of Nations (1948); and Transnational Law (1956).

In 1964, Judge Jessup was awarded The American Society of International Law’s Manley O. Hudson Medal for preeminent scholarship and achievement in international law and for the promotion of the establishment and maintenance of international relations on the basis of law and justice. Judge Jessup continued to lecture and teach until his death in 1986.

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