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LAW3490 Philip C Jessup International Law Moot Competition

Short Description: Jessup Moot Competition
Units : 2
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Law and Justice
Student contribution band : Band 4
ASCED code : 090999 - Law not elsewhere classified
Grading basis : Graded


Pre-requisite: LAW2222 or LAW5222 (or equivalent) and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Law Programs: LLBP or DJUR or BALW or BCLW.
Enrolment is not permitted in LAW3490 if LAW3480 has been previously completed.

Other Requisites

A genuine interest in public international law is required. Successful completion of LAW3466 and previous experience in mooting, debating or public speaking will be favourably regarded.

Student eligibility to participate in the Jessup team may also be subject to the Official Rules and the Australian National Rules Supplement for the Phillip C Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.

Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at


This course enables students to gain significant experience in international law and advocacy by participating in the Phillip C Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Students work as a team to represent fictitious States in a dispute before the International Court of Justice.

The team comprises 5 students. Selection is competitive and involves consideration of a student's completed application form, academic record, willingness to commit to the competition from November to February, prior mooting or debating experience and an interview.

The competition problem (the compromis) is released in September, after which the team will research together areas of public international law relevant to the compromis and prepare submissions (called memorials) for both States in the hypothetical dispute. The memorials are submitted in January. The team then prepares and refines oral pleadings, before competing against other Australian university teams in Canberra in February. Two Australian finalist teams then compete in the international finals in Washington DC. Team registration, travel and accommodation expenses are paid by the University.

This course involves intensive work from November to February, and may involve additional work outside that period. A full-time commitment is required in this period, and only minimal part-time employment is permissible.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 3, 2021 On-campus Ipswich
Date printed 11 February 2022