Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

LogoThe Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, which has been held every year since 1960, is an advocacy competition for law students. The Competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between States before the International Court of Justice, requiring participants to address timely issues of public international law. The Competition is organized by the International Law Students Association.

Current edition: International Court of Justice, Case Concerning the Helian Hyacinth (State of Adawa v. Republic of Rasasa). Materials for the current edition are available on the Competition website. The Qualifying Rounds, internationally and in the United States of America, will take place between February and March 2020. The International Rounds will take place between 12 and 18 April 2020 in Washington, D.C.

In order to contribute to the preparation by participants in the Competition, the Codification Division has compiled resources available on the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law (AVL) for the 2020 edition of the Competition. Students will be able to draw on the resources available on the AVL website, including the Lecture Series, together with the related materials used in the preparation of lectures, the Historic Archives, as well as the International Law Handbook.

Lecture Series

The Lecture Series contains a permanent collection of lectures of enduring value on virtually every subject of international law delivered by leading international law scholars and practitioners from different regions, legal systems, cultures and sectors of the legal profession. Each lecture is accompanied by a list of related materials linking to documents available online. Lectures are available in video and audio formats.

A. International Court of Justice
B. Sources of Law
C. Criminal Law and Procedure
D. Development
E. Diplomatic and Consular Relations
F. World Trade Organization (WTO)
G. State Responsibility
H. Immunity
I. Other themes

Historic Archives

The Historic Archives is a unique resource which contains significant international law instruments. Each entry contains an introduction to a particular instrument prepared by a scholar or practitioner with expertise on the subject, information on its procedural history and related documents, as well as the text and status of the instrument. It is accompanied by available audiovisual materials relating to the negotiation and adoption of the instrument at meetings or diplomatic conferences.

A. Criminal Law
B. Diplomatic and Consular Relations
C. Disarmament
D. Human Rights
E. International Economic Law
F. International Organizations
G. Law of International Relations
H. Law of Treaties
I. Succession of States

International Law Handbook

The International Law Handbook is a collection of instruments used by the Codification Division as study materials for its training courses under the Programme of Assistance. It is intended to be used as a general work of reference. It comprises four books, available free of charge on the AVL website: