The Phillip C. Jessup International Moot Court, named after an American lawyer of international law and former judge of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), is the largest and oldest International Moot Court in the area of international law. The competition has been organised annually by the International Law Students Association (ILSA) since founded in 1959. The competition attracts more than 2,500 Students from over 600 Universities around the World. The competition requires its participants to prepare Memorials and present their arguments before a simulated International Court of Justice. Students defend their cases as Applicant and Defendants at hearings in form of pleadings. In doing so, the law, rule and procedures of the International Court of Justice apply. The competition is designed to facilitate students' maximum involvement in issues emerging in the international community.
The 2016/2017 Compromis deals with multiple international law problems including e.g. minority rights, cultural rights and the use of shared water resources under international law. You may access this year's case through this link
Jessup Moot Court at the University of Passau
At the University of Passau, the competition is organised and supervised under the Chair of Constituional and Administrative Law, Public International Law, European and International Economic Law under of Professor Dederer.
Participation to the Phillip C. Jessup International moot court is open to all students of the University of Passau, including exchange students. All students regardless of their study specialization can participate. Previous or in-depth knowledge of Public International Law is NOT a prerequisite for participation. At the Phillip C. Jessup International Moot Court in Passau, we believe in an open, multicultural and inclusive society. We believe in acquisition of knowledge through participation and dedication to the cause.
The 2017 National Rounds
From 8-12 March, the University of Passau Jessup Moot court team competed against 20 other teams in the German National Round held here at the University of Passau. The 2017 team comprised Lisa Katharina Paul, Pedro Parizotto, Georg Wasmut-Klein, Anton Peneff and Peter Schoor. Patricia Trapp and Leonhard Riemer were the student coaches, assisting the team with research, drafting and mentoring. The team was coached by Patricia Boshe, overseeing the team coordination, research and oral practises.
The team performed very well, with Pedro Parizotto emerging the 4th best oralist. The competition was a wonderful experience to both the team and the coaches. The academic, practical and rhetorical experience gained by the team is indeed the most important aspect and an invaluable asset for the future of a student's legal profession. Through Jessup Moot Court competition, the students gained insights of the real world legal practise and professionalism. The team also enjoyed social activities together as they became more that just a team but a 'Jessup family'.
Each year, our Team looks for and benefits from well-wishers and supporters by the way of assisting the Team through trial pleadings and/or Financial support to help the Team in preparation. (Travel expenses, Boarding expense etc.)
The team appreciates any form of support from the Team well-wishers and supporters. Team Jessup Passau believes 'little things make big things happen:'