Jessup International Moot Court Competition

About the Competition:

UW Law sends a five-member team to the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, the world’s largest advocacy competition, with over 500 participating law schools from 80 countries.


The competition involves a mock case in front of the International Court of Justice relating to issues such as human rights, the law of war, and asylum law.

The Compromis is the springboard for the competition. Written by leading scholars of international law, the Compromis is a compilation of agreed upon facts about the dispute that is submitted for adjudication to the ICJ, the primary judicial organ of the United Nations.

After the Compromis is released, students begin researching and preparing arguments for both sides of the dispute, drafting and editing written pleadings, called "Memorials," and practicing oral presentations in front of a panel of judges/coaches drawn from the law school faculty and the local legal community.

Each team prepares two written Memorials and two 45-minute oral presentations, one for each party to the dispute. Teams argue alternately as Applicant and Respondent against competing teams before a panel of judges, simulating a proceeding before the ICJ.

The Regional rounds are typically held in Portland in February or early March, while the International rounds are in Washington, D.C. The International Finals are often judged by former international law judges, including past members of the ICJ.

How to Join the Team:

Tryouts for new oralists will take place in May 2015.

For More Information:

Contact James Feldman (jfeld@uw.edu) or Dierdre Madsen (dierdrem@uw.edu) for questions about the team.

Competition Website: http://www.ilsa.org/jessup/

2014–2015 Members:


Of Counsel: Nick Balthrop

Dane Westermeyer

Em Elijah

James Feldman

Dierdre Madsen