The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

The Jessup Competition is the world’s largest moot court competition and also the oldest one dedicated to international law. New York Law School has long participated in the Jessup competition. One team had even reached the semi-finals in the international tournament during the 1990s.

2L and 3L students may try-out for the 2014-15 team, which will have around five members. Please follow the instructions below.

The Compromis

The Brief

  • Submit a brief where you argue that:
    • Ritania’s acts and omissions with respect to the development of Excelsior Island violated international law, and Amalea is therefore entitled to seek compensation from Ritania for economic losses caused by the landslide. (See Paragraph 53(a) in the Compromis.) OR
    • Amalea has exclusive ownership of the wreck of the Cargast and all artifacts recovered from it, and Ritania’s deployment of patrol vessels to the site of the Cargast violated international law. (See Paragraph 53(b) in the Compromis.)
  • Write your brief using Bluebook format, though this aspect will not be judged rigorously. Your ability to conduct international law research and write coherently will be much more important.
  • For resources on researching international law, click on this link (
  • You may not collaborate with anyone when researching and writing the brief.
  • Brief specifications:
    • Page length: Four pages maximum
    • Font: Times New Roman
    • Font size: 12
    • Margins: Standard margins
    • Paragraph spacing: 1.5


  • Don’t write your name on the brief.
  • Send your brief by e-mail to by 4:00 pm, Monday, September 15, 2014.
  • Michael Rhee will then give you a number to identify your brief.
  • Professor Lloyd Bonfield (the director of the Center for International Law) and other professors will judge the briefs and then make the final team selections.