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Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
Last Update
13.07.2016

Since year 1959 the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition has become the world's largest moot court competition, with participants from over 550 law schools in more than 80 countries. The Competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations. One team is allowed to participate from every eligible school.


Teams prepare oral and written pleadings arguing both the applicant and respondent positions of the case. The competition, organized by the International Law Students Association (ILSA), is named after former judge of the International Court of Justice Philip Caryl Jessup. International rounds of the competition take place every spring in Washington DC, USA.

 

The Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia represents the country in this competition every other year since 2003.

The Baltic Cup of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

The Baltic Cup of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition takes place since 2005, when it was first organized by the Micola Romeris University in Vilnius. Since 2011 The Baltic Cup takes place in Riga and is organized by the Students Council of the faculty of Law of the University of Latvia.

This is friendly, nonprincipal competition before international rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in Washington DC for national teams already advanced to international rounds. Only universities from one-team countries are allowed to participate.

Teams of the University of Latvia participated in the Baltic Cup since 2005, when Latvian team in the final round were defeated by the team of the Micola Romeris University.
In 2007, 2009 and 2013 teams of the University of Latvia were winners of the competition but in 2011 competition the team from Denmark won the Baltic Cup, leaving Latvians second.