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The Philip C Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition 2013

The 54th year, the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition 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 this season's Jessup Problem, which addresses the factual and legal consequences of climate change on statehood, migration, and sovereign lending. 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.

Date & Venue:

India North

18th - 20th January, 2013 at Symbiosis Law School, Noida

India South

25th - 27th January, 2013 at the National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi

International rounds

31st March - 6th April, 2013 at Washington, USA

Teams desirous of participating in the India North/South Rounds are compulsorily required to register with International Law Students Association (ILSA) and obtain the registration number. Only those teams that have registered with ILSA are eligible to participate in India National Rounds.

The deadline for registration with ILSA is 13 November 2012 with the names of the Team Members. The deadline to register individual team members is the same day as the deadline for team registration. Registration with ILSA requires a registration fee of USD 450/-, which must be paid directly to ILSA.

Submission of Memorials:
Six hard copies of memorials each (6 Applicant and 6 Respondent) MUST be submitted during registration/ orientation at the venue (Non submission will attract penalty). Soft copies of both Applicant & Respondent memorials are to be sent by email in MS Word format to and submitted online to ILSA through each team's team homepage by 17:00 (5:00 p.m.) Central Standard Time (CST), which is UTC/GMT -6 on 15 Jan 2013.

Each memorial should contain all the details (front page, statement of fact, argument etc.) in a single document i.e. there should be only two doc files one applicant and one respondent. One advance hard copy of each (Applicant & Respondent) memorial quoting only the Team Number provided by ILSA on the cover page of the memorial, has to reach the respective Host Institution positively by 10 Jan 2013 for the purpose of evaluation for India North/South rounds.

Food & Accommodation:
The organizers would provide accommodation for up to 3 participants per team during the competition. Accommodation details will be published shortly. Accommodation & food for the participants will be provided only for 3 days i.e. on 18, 19 & 20 Jan 2013 for India North rounds and 25, 26 & 27 Jan 2013 for India South rounds. Teams arriving early and leaving late shall make their own arrangements.

Reimbursement of travel expenses to law schools from remote parts of India:
In order to encourage law schools from remote parts of India, Surana & Surana Public Charitable Trust contemplates reimbursing sleeper class - Non A/c train fare (to & fro) to three members of teams participating from remote areas of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chattisgarh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Orissa, Tripura & Uttaranchal. The head of the institutions must forward applications in advance to; The Administration Officer, Surana & Surana Public Charitable Trust, 61-63, Dr. Radhakrishnan Salai, Mylapore, Chennai -600 004 for processing. The teams must first participate and then claim the reimbursement.

The Schedule:

India North Rounds
(18th- 20th January, 2013)

India South Rounds
(25th - 27th January, 2013)

Symbiosis Law School, NOIDA
Organising Committee,
Phillip C Jessup International Moot
Sector 62, A Block, 47-48,
Noida - 201301
Phone: +91 (0) 120 2405061 Ext: 131
Fax: 0120 - 2405064

Prof: Dr. Mohd. Salim
Head-Moot Court Society
Phone: 09717211419

Prof. Ashmita Bisarya
Dy. Head, Moot Court Society
Phone: 09899372300

The National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS),
NUALS Campus, Kinfra Hi-Tech Park,
HMT Colony P.O., Kalamassery,
Ernakulam - 683 503.
Phone: 0484 - 2555990/91/92
Fax: 0484 - 2555992

Mr. Jacob Joseph
Faculty in charge, moot courts
Phone: 098479 70233

Teams from:
Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Orissa, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal & NUALS, Kochi

Teams from:
Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala,Maharashtra, Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu & Symbiosis Law School, Noida

Last date for registration for the Indian National Rounds

28th December, 2012

Last date for registration with ILSA is with names of team members

13th November, 2012

International rounds

31st March - 6th April, 2013 at Washington, USA

All teams will be provided boarding and lodging only for the duration of the competition

Dr. S. Ravichandran
Advocate & Head, Academic Initiatives
Surana & Surana International Attorneys
International Law Centre
61-63 Dr. Radhakrishnan Salai,
Mylapore, Chennai - 600 004.
Phone: 044-2812 0000;
Fax: 044-2812 0001
Video Conferencing IP:

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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