The Jessup Moot Court Competition

The Jessup Moot Court Competition is a prestigious moot court competition that attracts law students from over 500 law schools in more than 80 countries. Each year thousands of law students from around the world work all year long on the Jessup Problem. The competition is named after Philip C. Jessup, who served on the International Court of Justice. The competition is held annually, culminating in the final International tournament, which is held in Washington, DC every spring. The competition problem is famous for presenting complex and current puzzles in international law that competitors are required to moot. The Jessup Moot Competition is 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.

2015 Jessup Moot Competition

In April 2015 a team from the STA Faculty of Law participated in the White & Case International Rounds held in Washington, D.C.

The team that travelled to Washington included four students and a team advisor. In photo are : Mrs. Alicia Elias-Roberts (team advisor/ coach), and students in the STA Jessup team: Tara Fitzwilliam, Michael Gregory Charles, Gillianna Guy and Vincent Patterson.


2014 Jessup Moot Competition

A team from the Faculty of Law of The UWI St. Augustine campus won the 'Best New Team' prize at the 55th Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Competition held in Washington DC in April 2014. This award is given to a team who joined the competition within the past three years and obtained the highest marks in the oral and memorial writing sections combined.

This year there were 126 teams at the international rounds and about 20 'new teams' overall. This is the second year that a team from the Faculty participated in the Jessup competition.

The team comprised four law students: André Cole, Arlene Lillian Chochan, David Prince Richi Edmund and Shane Justin Pantin, coached by Alicia Elias-Roberts, Lecturer in the Faculty of Law and International Law Moot Course Coordinator.

The White and Case International Rounds of the competition were held in Washington and the St. Augustine team competed against four other teams from Uganda (Law Development Centre), Argentina (Universidad de Buenos Aires), Romania (University of Bucharest) and Hong Kong (City University of Hong Kong).

The Jessup competition is 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.