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Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court

Course Level

advanced (year 3 and 4)

Course Language


Course Classification

This is a Themis course, although most Themis students who have to be back at their home universities for the second semester will not be able to take part.

The course is also open to non-Themis students.

Course Type and Contact Hours

Soft skills course (2 hrs per week) + national competition in Germany + final competition in Washington D.C.

Length of the Project

The course will start around mid September. Should the group reach the final, they will travel to Washington D.C. in spring. Otherwise the project will end with the German national competition in February/March. Participants must take part in all activities.


10 (prerequisites: regular attendance and meaningful contributions of the student)

Teaching Mode

face-to-face meetings


The course will be held in every winter semester.

Time Schedule and Course Venue

An up-to-date electronic course catalogue for the winter semester will be available on the website http://www.fu-berlin.de/vv from late August to late February. Please select "Fachbereiche" - "Rechtswissenschaft" - "Staatsexamensstudiengang" and "Rechtswissenschaft (SPO 2015)" in order to access the Law courses.

Course Description

The Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition is one of the most prestigious in the world. Each year the teams argue a difficult international law problem. The Jessup problem is a compromis drafted to present discrete, manageable issues for discussion by students of international law. Recent topics have included human rights, riparian rights, extradition, the status of sub-federal units in international law, computers and the right of privacy, and economic sanctions. The compromis for the year is issued in early autumn. The only academic prerequisite to participation in the course is completion of or current enrolment in a basic introductory course in international law. But the most important prerequisite is the willingness to invest long hours and great effort in learning international law not only as a subject matter to study but as an activity in which to participate.

Restricted Enrollment

yes (that means that the number of participants is limited and that you might not get a place in this course)

Course Application

Applications will be accepted by 14 July 2023. Please send the following documents via e-mail to Leonora Erhardt l.erhardt@fu-berlin.de 

  • a short letter of motivation in English
  • a curriculum vitae in table form
  • an overview of grades
  • as well as any language certificates or internship certificates

Course Registration

It is not possible to sign up for this course via Campus Management. Once admitted, the Examination Office is going to enroll you in Campus Management for this course.

Course Drop Period

Please contact the Moot Court tutor and the International Office at the Law Department if you wish to drop this course.


No exam will be given in this course. Students will receive the grade "Pass" for regular attendance and active contribution, or the grade "Non-Pass" for irregular attendance and/or non-meaningful contribution.

Before you take this course, please ask your home university whether you will be allowed to take a pass / non-pass course where no specific grade will be given.


Moot Court tutor: Leonora Erhardt