Jessup International Law Moot Court

Moot Court

A moot court is a student competition in which teams represent one party in a simulated court case based on a fictitious dispute. The court, which is made up of experienced experts in the field of law, evaluates the teams' performance and decides which team will prevail in each match.

In the Jessup International Law Moot Court, the subject of the proceedings is a dispute under international law between two fictitious states.

Participation in the International Law Moot Court consists of a written and an oral phase. First, two written pleadings (memorials) are to be written in English, one representing the Applicant States side and the other the Respondent States side. In a simulated hearing, the Applicant and Respondent representatives of our team then meet the respective opposing side of the other teams.

In the past, teams from the University of Vienna have participated in both the Jessup Moot Court and the Telders Moot Court.


The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court is the world's largest moot court competition, with participating teams from more than 600 universities in over 80 countries. The final rounds take place in Washington D.C.

The competition's namesake was a professor of International law at Columbia University, a diplomat and a judge at the International Court of Justice.