Chair of Constitutional and Administrative Law, Public International Law, European and International Economic Law
Jessup Moot Court

Jessup Moot Court

Do you accept the challenge to act as Agent before the International Court of Justice? - Apply now for the Jessup 2018/2019

The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the oldest, largest and most prestigious moot court competition in the field of public international law. Each year, students from over 800 universities and more than 60 countries compete against each other by simulating a legal dispute between two ficitional States before the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Teams have to write Memorials for both Parties, and have to make oral submissions. They are judged by real judges of the ICJ and other international, regional and domestic courts and tribunals, attorneys, scholars and other experts in the field of international law. You can get an idea about what the Jessup is like by watching the official Jessup trailer.

The upcoming round of the Jessup, starting in September 2018 and ending in April 2019, will focus on questions concerning the appropriation of traditional knowledge for commercial purposes, state responsibility for corporate environmental degradation and human rights violations, and majestic herds of migratory yaks. Currently, we are looking for students who are interested in participating.

Participants will learn how to research legal questions and how to draft legal texts in English. They will depen their knowledge of international law, and improve their rhetorical skills significantly. Furthermore, participants will demonstrate their skills in various trial pleadings at international law firms in Frankfurt and Munich (all expenses covered), and will compete against other teams at the National Rounds in Munich (also all expenses covered) and - if the team qualifies for it - at the International Rounds in Washington D.C.

If you study law or governance and if you are interested in public international law, we strongly encourage you to apply for the Jessup 2018/2019. Your application should consist of a short letter of motivation in English (no longer than 500 words), your current CV in English, your current academic transcript, your current confirmation of enrolment, and any other document which you consider to be supportive for your application. Please send your application only by e-mail to The deadline for applications is 15 June 2018.

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