University of Technology Sydney

78262 Jessup International Moot

6cp; availability: by invitation only
Requisite(s): (22 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04264 Master of Legal Studies OR 22 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C07122 Graduate Diploma Legal Studies)) OR ((142 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04250 Juris Doctor Master of Business Administration OR 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04363 Juris Doctor Master of Intellectual Property OR 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04364 Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate Trade Mark Law and Practice OR 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04236 Juris Doctor) AND 70106c Principles of Public International Law AND 70107 Principles of Company Law) OR ((70106 Principles of Public International Law OR 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04320 Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate Professional Legal Practice)
The lower case 'c' after the subject code indicates that the subject is a corequisite. See definitions for details.
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses. See access conditions.


Selection for the Faculty of Law team is via a competitive process and is limited to a maximum of five students annually. Calls for expressions of interest are posted online during Spring Session. Only students selected for the team by the subject co-ordinator can participate in this subject.

For further information please refer to this link:


This subject offers students an opportunity to participate in the 'Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition' for credit. This is the world's largest moot court competition, organised by the International Law Students Association, Washington, DC. It was established to provide law students with simulated courtroom experience in international law advocacy. Named after a United States representative to the International Court of Justice who played a key role in the formation of the International Law Commission, the first round was held in 1960 at Harvard. This competition simulates a hypothetical dispute between countries and a mock case before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations. Each year a new hypothetical case, based on complex current issues of public international law, is published. The limited set of facts – concerning a dispute between the two fictional states appearing before the International Court of Justice – requires detailed research into both international and comparative law to prepare complex pleadings for both sides.

Student teams analyse the problem, conduct detailed legal research, develop legal arguments and prepare written and oral pleadings arguing both the applicant and respondent positions of the case. Teams compete against each other, presenting their submissions which are evaluated by judges based upon advocacy skills and knowledge of international law. Teams present oral submissions in four preliminary rounds in Canberra, with the top eight teams moving to the national rounds in February. The grand final is traditionally held in the High Court of Australia with two grand-finalists representing their universities in Washington D.C. each April. This subject is demanding and equivalent to a substantial research project. A team of up to five students is selected to represent UTS:Law. For current opportunities and further information on mooting competitions see UTS:Law Mooting Competion Program.

Detailed subject description.

Access conditions

Note: The requisite information presented in this subject description covers only academic requisites. Full details of all enforced rules, covering both academic and admission requisites, are available at access conditions and My Student Admin.