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Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition 2013

Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the most reputed Moot Court Competition in the world. As earlier announced the moot problem of the 2013 edition of the event will explore the factual and legal consequences of climate change on statehood, migration, and foreign sovereign debt.

ILSA has announced that the anticipated released date of the 2013 Compromis is 14th September, 2012. In the meanwhile the Official Jessup Rules for the 2013 Competition Season have been approved by ILSA's Board of Directors on 30th July, 2012 and have been released by it.

Some of the important changes include:

  1. The deadline to register individual team members is the same day as the deadline for team registration.
  2. The word count for the Pleadings section has been increased to 9,500 words per memorial.
  3. All heading and footnote line spacing penalties have been removed.

Structure of the Competition:

  1. The Competition consists of two levels: (1) Qualifying Rounds, and (2) the International Rounds. Qualifying Rounds are held in each nation or region where more than one Team participates in the Competition. The International Rounds represents the final level of the Competition, designated as the International Rounds, and includes Preliminary Rounds, Advanced Rounds, and the World Championship Jessup Cup Round. Each competition consists of written pleadings (Memorials) and oral pleadings (Oral Rounds).
  2. The Executive Director will determine the exact number of Teams participating in the International Rounds and the manner in which they are chosen, provided that each participating nation is permitted to enter at least one (1) Team in the International Rounds of the Competition for every ten (10) Teams participating in that nation's Qualifying competition(s). In nations where only one Team participates, that Team is the National Representative to the International Rounds.


6th August, 2012

RELEASE of Official Jessup Rules. (National Supplements will be posted as they become available)

14th September, 2012

ANTICIPATED RELEASE DATE of the Compromise (The Jessup Problem).

17th September, 2012


1st October, 2012

ANTICIPATED RELEASE of First Batch of Basic Materials. The Basic Materials are a collection of research materials, designed to ensure that all teams, regardless of budget and access to information, start from the same position. All Basic Materials will be posted to the ILSA's website.

9th October, 2012

DEADLINE for Requests from Teams for Corrections and Clarifications to the Jessup Compromise. Requests must be submitted through the online form found under your Team's Home Page.

5th November, 2012

DEADLINE for Eligibility Inquiries. This is the last day on which individuals may request the Executive Office's special permission to compete under Official Rule 2.2.2.
DEADLINE for Submission of Waiver Applications. This is the last day on which teams with limited financial resources may apply for a waiver/discount of the registration fee.

9th November, 2012

ANTICIPATED RELEASE DATE of Corrections and Clarifications to the Compromise.

13th November, 2012

DEADLINE for Registration (Online Form and Payment) for all Teams.
DEADLINE for Submission of Team Roster. This is the last day on which teams may submit the names of their team members.

19th November, 2012

DEADLINE for Second Batch Basic Materials Suggestions. This is the last day on which teams may suggest documents to be included in the Second Batch of Basic Materials.

3rd December, 2012

ANTICIPATED RELEASE of U.S. Regional Assignments. All U.S. teams will be notified of the Region in which they will compete through their Team Homepage.

9th December, 2012

ANTICIPATED RELEASE of Second Batch of Basic Materials. The Second Batch of Materials is based upon requests from teams and usually includes a variety of treaties, case law, and secondary sources.

15th January, 2013

DEADLINE for Submission of Memorials. Memorials must be emailed to the ILSA Executive Office via email in accordance with the Official Rules. Additional submission requirements and earlier deadlines may be imposed by a National Supplement to the Rules. It is the responsibility of teams to know the submission requirements of their National Rules Supplement, if any, which are posted on ILSA's website.

29th January, 2013

DISQUALIFICATION DEADLINE for Failure to Submit Memorials. If a Team fails to submit its Applicant and Respondent Memorials by this day, the Team will be disqualified from the Competition. Any Memorial submitted after the 15 January Submission Deadline but prior to the 29 January Disqualification Deadline will be subject to applicable late penalties.

January - February, 2013

QUALIFYING ROUNDS. Dates for Qualifying Competitions will be posted on the Jessup Website as they become available.

31st March - 6th April, 2013


6th April, 2013


International Law Students Association (ILSA)
25 East Jackson Boulevard,
Suite OMB1051, Chicago,
IL, 60604, USA
Phone: +1-312-3625025
Fax: +1-312-3625073

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