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 (composed only of 2L and 3L students) had even reached the semi-finals in the international tournament.

The Center for International Law will begin the recruitment process for the 2016-17 team beginning in June or July 2016. Please visit again regularly for an update.


The Jessup team members for 2015-16 were (from left to right) Chloe Coniaris 3L, Meggin Bednarczyk 2L, Aurélie Bertoldo 3L, Fumiko Takada 3LE, and Emily Holt 3L.

They competed in the 2016 Northeast Regionals of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition at the offices of Shearman & Sterling where they went through four rounds against Rutgers-Camden, Harvard, Rutgers, and Brooklyn Law Schools. During each round, our team members faced a panel of three judges where they argued about international law matters pertaining to admissibility of documents, seizure of state infrastructures, human rights violations and cybersecurity.

Aurelie Bertoldo and Fumiko Takada won their oral summary round against Rutgers while Chloe Coniaris and Emily Holt’s memorial won against Brooklyn Law School. All participating members received high praise from the judges in all four rounds.

Our law school placed 14th overall in the Northeast competition, and our memorial placed in the top 10.

The team would like to extend their upmost gratitude to their head coach James Foster ’12 (along with assistant coach and professor Lloyd Bonfield) for his guidance, leadership, and for taking time out from his busy job as counsel at the New York City Office of Emergency Management to guide the team as well as  to Carolyn Hasselmann of the Law Library for her expert research assistance.