Founded in 1959 by students from Harvard Law School, the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the world’s largest, oldest and most prestigious competition of this kind. The competition is today organised by the International Law Students Association (ILSA) and each year participants from over 550 law schools in more than 80 countries participate in this moot. It consists in a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations. Teams prepare oral and written pleadings arguing both the applicant and respondent positions of the case. The competition is held annually, culminating in the final International Tournament held in Washington, D.C. every spring.

UC3M Team winner of 2016 national rounds

The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition concentrates on classic, current and upcoming problems of public international law. The Competition Problem is famous for presenting complex and current puzzles in international law that competitors are required to resolve. Recent topics have included the International Criminal Court, international free speech law, international environmental law, the right to self-determination and the tension between respecting human rights and responding to acts of terrorism.


If you want to know more about the role and the results of Universidad Carlos III in the Jessup Moot Court Competition, you should click here.

Since 2016, the Instituto Universitario de Estudios Internacionales Francisco de Vitoria (Francisco de Vitoria Institute of International and European Estudies) colaborates in the preparation and training of the team that every year represents Carlos III University in this competition. This institution is charged with promoting and developing scientific investigation about international and european affairs through an important teaching activity and a top research group at Spanish level.

Instituto de estudios internacionales y europeos: Francisco de Victoria