The Philip C. Jessup International 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 team, which will have around five members. Please follow the instructions below.

The Compromis

The Brief

  • Submit a brief where you answer (as either the Applicant or Respondent) whether:
    • Alfurna is a state  (Paragraph 55(a) and Paragraph 56(a) in the Compromis) OR
    • the treatment and proposed transfer of Alfurnan migrants violate international law (Paragraph 55(c) and Paragraph 56(c) 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 3:00 pm, Tuesday, September 10, 2013.
  • 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.