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LAW6490 Advanced Philip C Jessup International Law Moot

Units : 2
School or Department : School of Law and Justice
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 27 September 2023


Pre-requisite: LAW5222 and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: LLBH or DJUR
Enrolment is not permitted in LAW6490 if LAW3480 or LAW3490 has been previously completed


Mooting is a fundamental element of legal education that allows students to use and refine written and oral communication skills which are essential for success in future careers. This course enables students to develop sophisticated research skills, persuasive oral skills and a developed capacity to think on their feet through participating in the Phillip C Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Successful participation in the course will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the key substantive areas of international law raised by the competition problem and dispute resolution in the International Court of Justice. Mooting also provides law students with an authentic learning experience in a `real world' context which has direct application in a professional legal environment. Students who have successfully completed mooting courses are well placed for a good transition to the workforce.

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

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 3, 2023 On-campus Ipswich
Date printed 27 September 2023