The Phillip C. Jessup International Moot Court is an appellate advocacy competition that focuses on international relations topics. The competition simulates an appeal of a trial court decision, so appellate writing and oral advocacy skills are emphasized. Students research a problem, write appellate briefs, and present oral arguments before panels of judges. Teams are required to brief both sides of the problem. There are four possible levels of competition: intra-school, regional, national, and international. Competitors receive one pass/fail credit for writing a brief and one for competing in at the regional competition.
The intra-school selection process takes place during the first few weeks of fall semester. The competition will be open to all students who have completed Public International Law Research Workshops I and II.
Once students are selected for the Mitchell Hamline team, they represent the college at the regional round. The first-place team at regionals goes on to the international round in Washington, D.C. The regional and international rounds occur in February and March, respectively.
Participation is worth two (2) credits.
2021-22 Preliminary Schedule
The dates and information below have been confirmed and sent out via the Jessup Competition list-serv:
- August 30, 2021
- Release of Official Jessup Rules
- September 3, 2021
- Registration opens
- September 13, 2021
- Anticipated release of the 2022 Jessup Problem
- November 16, 2021
- Deadline for registration & submission of team rosters
- February – March, 2022
- National & Friendly Rounds [Virtual]
- March 25 – 29, 2022
- International – Preliminary Rounds
- March 31 – April 4, 2022
- International – Advanced Rounds
- April 5 – 8, 2022
- International – Elimination Rounds
- April 9, 2022
- World Championship Rounds
** More information will be posted as it becomes available.