Last modified: April 25, 2017

Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

 

 

The "Jessup" is the largest and oldest international Moot Court competition in the field of international law. It was founded in 1959 by students of Harvard and, Columbia and the University ofVirginia and has since been organized annually by the International Law Students Association(ILSA). Currently, about 1,500 students from over 300 universities in 60 countries participate each year.

In a mock trial before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, the teams represent both the plaintiffs and defendants of an international dispute between two states. In national rounds, the participants enter written memorials compete head to head in an oral national selection -all in English- in order to qualify for the international rounds in Washington DC. There, the best teams from all over the world convene to determine the winner in another round of oral pleadings. The judges in the competition are professors or practitioners in international law; and at the international elimination rounds there are also judges from the ICJ who participate in the proceedings.

In teams of four or five students, the memorials for both sides of the case are developed from September until the deadline in January. Afterwards, the pleadings for the national rounds in February and possibly the international finals in Washington DC in March/ April are rehearsed. The Humboldt University team is supervised by a coach as well as the Chair of Prof. Nolte.

Prerequisites for participating are prior knowledge of or interest in international law, good English skills, delight in debating and commitment.

Besides the acquisition of in depth knowledge of international law as well as rhetorical and linguistic skills, participants at the Jessup Moot Court acquire credit points for EITHER Schwerpunkt 6 (equivalent to four weekly hours of electives) OR the "Professional Orientation I (Key Qualifications)" module OR the "Professional Orientation II (Foreign Legal Language Competence)" module​​.

 

 

 

Team der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin erreicht bei den internationalen Runden in Washington D.C. das Viertelfinale

v.l.n.r. Louise Majetschak, Lena Riemer (Coach), Moritz Schramm, Isabel Walther, Phillip Schönberger

 

Dem diesjährigen Team der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin gelang als erstes deutsches Team der Einzug in das Viertelfinale bei den internationalen Runden in Washington D.C., welche vom 8.4.-16.04.2017 im Hyatt Regency ausgetragen wurden.

Nachdem das Team bereits auf nationaler Ebene sehr erfolgreich war, konnte es auch auf internationaler Ebene gegen 630 Teams aus 83 Ländern weltweit einen einzigartigen Erfolg erzielen.

Sechs Tage lang traten die Teams gegeneinander an und kämpften um den Jessup-Cup. Als Sieger ging die University of Sydney hervor. In einer spannenden Vorrunde mit Richtern aus aller Welt, unter anderem einem der diesjährigen Compromis-Autoren, traf das HU-Team gegen Teams aus den USA, Kanada, Ägypten und Ghana an und qualifizierte sich nach vier erfolgreichen Pleadings für die Runde der besten 32. In den darauf folgenden Knock-off-Runden traf das Team zunächst auf ein Team aus Ungarn, in den Octofinals auf Neuseeland und im Viertelfinale auf den späteren Zweitplatzierten der Norman Manley Law School aus Jamaica.

 

Neben dieser hervorragenden Platzierung unter den 8 besten Teams weltweit, erhielt das Team zudem einen Preis für den 17. Platz der besten Schriftsätze und das Teammitglied Louise Majetschak wurde als 8 beste Sprecherin ausgezeichnet. Auch die übrigen Teammitglieder Isabel Walther, Moritz Schramm und Philipp Schönberger belegten herausragende Platzierungen.

 

In Washington D.C. konnte das Team neben der harten Arbeit der letzten Monate den besonderen Jessup-Spirit erleben, der durch einen herzlichen Austausch mit anderen Teams aus der ganzen Welt im Rahmen der zahlreichen Veranstaltungen ermöglicht wurde.

Besondere Highlights waren unter anderem der „Go National Dress Ball“, der Brunch mit den Compromis-Autoren, die festliche Abschlussgala und ein Treffen mit dem ehemaligen Chefankläger der Nürnberger Prozesse Benjamin Ferencz im Rahmen der Tagung der American Society of International Law.

Das Team und der Lehrstuhl bedanken sich bei allen Unterstützern, dem Rhetorik-Coach John Faulk und den Sponsoren, ohne die diese Reise nicht möglich gewesen wäre:

 

Absolventen und Freunde der Juristischen Fakultät der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin — Bibliotheksgesellschaft — e. V.

 

Herr Dr. Wolfgang Spoerr (Hengeler Müller)


Checkpoint Charlie Stiftung

 

Jones Day

 

 

             

 

HU Team gewinnt den nationalen Vorausscheid 2016/17, den Preis für das Runner-up Memorial und Moritz Schramm den Preis für Best Oralist in der Championship Round


 

v.l.n.r. Lena Riemer(Coach), Moritz Schramm, Isabel Walther, Phillip Schönberger, Louise Majetschak

 

In diesem Jahr wurden beim Philip C. Jessup Moot Court wieder spannende und hochaktuelle Themen verhandelt wie das Recht auf Wasser, die Rückgabe von gestohlenen Artefakten und unter anderem die Frage diskutiert: Können Staaten Entschädigung verlangen wenn sie Geflüchtete aufnehmen? In diesem Jahr haben weltweit 650 Teams teilgenommen, 20 davon aus Deutschland.


Der nationale Vorausscheid fand dieses Jahr vom 08.03.-12.03.2017 in Passau statt. Nach sieben Verhandlungen stand der Sieger fest: das Team der Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. Damit hat sich das Team nun für die internationale Runde in Washington D.C. qualifiziert welche Anfang April 2017 stattfinden werden. Mit dem Humboldt Team werden auch die zweitplatzierte Universität Hamburg und die drittplatzierte Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg Deutschland auf internationaler Ebene vertreten.


Neben dem Gesamtsieg gewann das Team auch den Preis für den zweitbesten Schriftsatz und Moritz Schramm den Preis Best Oralist in der Championship Round.

Wir freuen uns nun sehr auf die internationalen Runden in den USA und bedanken uns vielmals bei unseren zahlreichen Unterstützern am Lehrstuhl Nolte, ganz besoners bei unserem Rhetorikcoach John Faulk und bei:

 

               

 

Application
The deadline for applications for the Humboldt Jessup Moot Court team of 2016/17 is 19 June 2015. Please send your application to intlaw@rewi.hu-berlin.de. The application should include a one-page letter of motivation, a CV (both in English) and an overview of academic achievements and language skills. For further information, please contact sabrina.schaefer@rewi.hu-berlin.de.

 

 

HU-Team wins Best Memorial Award and Runner-Up Best Oralist Award at Jessup Moot Court 2015/16

The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court 2015/16 dealt with exciting and current issues in public international law such as the legality of mass surveillance programs, expropriation of State property used in such programs, as well as state responsibility for cyber attacks.

 

The team in front of the LMU Law faculty: (from left to right) Julian Craven, Sabrina Schäfer (Coach), Roland Klein, Jana Bade, Lukas Willmer

 

 

The German national round took place from 24 to 27 February at Ludwigs-Maximilian-University in Munich. There, despite strong opponents in the preliminary round, the team was not only able to qualify for the quarterfinals – it also won the "Best Memorial Award". In addition, participant Jana Bade won second place in the category of "Best Oralist".

 

The team and the Chair of Prof. Nolte thank all their supporters, rhetoric-coach John Faulk and the sponsors, without whom this would not have been possible:

 

 

                          

 

 

 

HU-Team is German National Champion and achieves 35th Place worldwide at Jessup Moot Court 2014/15

The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court 2014/15 dealt with exciting and current issues in public international law, in particular the interpretation of treaties in the face of changing circumstances, procedural and substantive legal issues surrounding secession of a territory and subsequent annexation by another state as well as proportionality of countermeasures.

This year, the national rounds took place from 4 to 8 March 2015 at Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg. The Humboldt-University team managed to keep up with, and even exceed, the excellent performances in previous years. After 1998, 1999 und 2003, the team for the fourth time managed to win the desired trophy of German National Champion for Humboldt University's law faculty. Following an impressive preliminary round, in which the team remained unbeaten and the victorious quarterfinals against Jena and semifinals against Hamburg, it was time to face the team of LMU Munich in the final match. In this final, nervewrecking Pleading, the Humboldt University Team was able to convince the prestigous judges once again and won the competition of initially 21 Teams with flying colors. Thus, the Humboldt University qualified – together with the strong teams of LMU Munich (2nd Place) and the University of Hamburg (3rd Place) – for the international rounds in the USA.

At the international rounds in Washington, D.C., the best 120 Teams worldwide came together for six days to compete for the Jessup-Cup. In a thrilling preliminary round with judges from all over the world, including one of the authors of this year's compromis, the Humboldt University Team emerged on top after pleading against teams from the Domenican Republic, Iceland, and Hungary. In a tight match against the soon-to-be Champions of the Jessup 2014/15 from the University of Sydney, the team ultimately had to admit defeat. All in all the Humboldt University team finished in a remarkable 35th place, reaching the best result for Humboldt University in recent years.

In Washington, D.C. the team was not only able to reap the fruits of their hard work in the past months in thrilling pleadings, but the students also experienced the Jessup-spirit, meeting teams from all over the world at events during the Jessup-week including „Go National Ball“, the premier of the Jessup-film "All Rise", Brunch with the Compromis-Authors and the festive closing ceremony.

 

Das HU-Jessup-Team 2014/15, hier bei den National Rounds in Heidelberg

In the front from left to right: Janina Barkholdt, Sabrina Schäfer; In the back from left to right: Kevin Couvillion, Anna Prymak, Lena Riemer (Coach), Rebecca Lyson, Enis Arkat (Coach)

 

The team and the Chair of Prof. Nolte thank all their supporters, rhetoric-coach John Faulk and the sponsors, without whom this journey would not have been possible:

 

Absolventen und Freunde der Juristischen Fakultät der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin — Bibliotheksgesellschaft — e. V.


Fachschaftsrat Jura der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

 

Checkpoint Charlie Stiftung

 

German Moot Court Society e.V.

 

Herr Dr. Wolfgang Spoerr (Hengeler Müller)

 

             

 

         

 

 

Humboldt University students successful at the 2013/14 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court

The team of the Humboldt University of Berlin scored a remarkable third place in this year’s German National Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court.

While the team would have qualified last year for theinternationalroundsin WashingtonDC withthisposition, only the firstand second placedteams-the teams fromHeidelberg (1) and Freiburg (2) - qualifiedthis yearfor the international rounds,due to the lowernumber of participatingteams.

 

JessupTeam 2013/14

From left to right: Alicia Köppen (Coach), Enis Arkat, Alexander Silke, Lena Riemer, Chi Nam Du, Lisa Brahms (Coach)

 

The team would like to thank the law firms White & Case, Gleiss Lutz and especially Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer for the opportunity, to hold test pleadings before experienced lawyers.

Also, the team and the Chair of Prof. Nolte would like to thank particulary the sponsors for their financial support.

 

Absolventen und Freunde der
Juristischen Fakultät der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
— Bibliotheksgesellschaft — e. V.

Unter den Linden 6

10099 Berlin

 

Fachschaftsrat Jura der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Unter den Linden 11

10117 Berlin

 

 

Humboldt University students successful at the 2012/13 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

The team of the Humboldt University of Berlin scored a remarkable second place in this year’s German National Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. It was also awarded the "Best Memorial Award". The team members thereby qualified for the final competition in Washington.

At the International Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup Moort Court Competition the team scored the eigth place of more than 300 participating teams. In addition, team member Lilly Sellner placed sixth at the evaluation of the oralists.

 

 

(In the front from left to right: Alicia Köppen, Edward Martin, Lisa Brahms, at the back from left to right: Johann Leiss (Coach), Simon Herman, Jakob Weberstädt (Coach), Lilly Sellner)

 

The team and the Chair would like to thank the sponsors for their financial support.

 

Rechtsanwalt Dr. Dieter Sellner

Meinekestr. 26

10719 Berlin

 

Absolventen und Freunde der
Juristischen Fakultät der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
— Bibliotheksgesellschaft — e. V.

Unter den Linden 6

10099 Berlin