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Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court


Course Type and Contact Hours

Project group (2 hrs per week) + national competition in Germany + final competition in Washington D.C.

Length of the Project

The course will start 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.

Course Language



10 (if exam has been passed)


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" 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.

Course Registration

Applications will be accepted by July 31st, 2014. Please send the following documents via e-mail (to anna.hankings.evans@fu-berlin.de):

  • short letter of motivation in English (not more than one page)
  • tabular CV in English or German (please mention your experiences abroad and your level of knowledge in Public International Law)
  • recent transcript of records
  • proof of foreign language skills (if available)

During the interview you will be asked to discuss a particular problem of public international law. Should you not have the chance to come to Berlin for the interview, an interview per Skype or on the phone will be made available.


Grading will be based on the students' oral and written performances.

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