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, The Case Concerning the Suthan Referendum. Materials for the current edition are available on the Competition website.

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 2022 edition of the Competition. Students will be able to draw on the resources available on the AVL website, including the Lecture Series and the Mini-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. Courts and Tribunals
B. Diplomatic and Consular Relations
C. Human Rights
D. Peaceful Settlements of Disputes
E. Peace and Security
F. States



The Mini-Series is a series of lectures delivered by leading international law scholars which aims to provide a general overview of the core topics of international law, primarily intended for users with basic or little knowledge of international law. Each mini-series provides a comprehensive introduction of the concerned topic and presents key issues for further study, which are often covered by specialized lectures in the Lecture Series.

A. Diplomatic and Consular Relations

Diplomatic and Consular Relations
Ms. Philippa Webb

  • Part I - Introduction and Diplomatic Missions

  • Part II - Immunities of Diplomatic and Consular Officials and Diplomatic Asylum

  • Part III - Consular Relations

  • Part IV - The Breakdown of Diplomatic Relations

B. International Human Rights Law

Droit international des droits de l’homme
Mme Hélène Tigroudja

  • Partie I - Introduction en droit international des droits de l’homme

  • Partie II - Les sources hybrides du droit international des droits de l'homme

  • Partie III - Les mécanismes de protection et de mise en œuvre des droits de l'homme

  • Partie IV - L’herméneutique du droit international des droits de l'homme

  • Partie V - La mise en œuvre des droits de l’homme en droit interne

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. Human Rights
B. Diplomatic and Consular Relations
C. International Organizations
D. Law of Treaties

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: