Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition : Students : The University of Western Australia


Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

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Jessup is regarded worldwide as the most prestigious mooting competition for law students. Over a period of months, students prepare oral and written submissions addressing legal issues arising from a set of facts concerning public international law matters.

The University of Western Australia has competed in Jessup since the early 1980s. UWA has represented Australia in the international rounds in 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015. UWA won the international Jessup Cup in 2003 and was international runners-up in 1995 and 2002.

In 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015, UWA placed either first or second in Australia and has competed strongly at the international rounds of the competition held in Washington D.C. Former Jessup mooters have gone on to study at some of the best universities in the world and to work at highly respected national and international legal institutions.

Jessup is a 12-point elective unit, spanning the summer break. If you are interested in participating in Jessup over this coming summer, you should consider how Jessup will fit in with your planned study program in second semester.

2017 Jessup Moot Court Competition

The 2018 Jessup Topic

The 2018 Jessup topic concerns the validity of interstate arbitral awards, the capture of a marine vessel, the breach of nuclear disarmament obligations, and the conduct of naval warfare.

Selection Criteria

Applicants should be able to address the following selection criteria:

•    An interest or background in public or private international law;   

•    A history of successfully working in teams;

•    Completed or be enrolled in Mental Health Training at UWA; and

•    A strong record of academic achievement.

The applicant should also indicate whether they have studied the Public International Law elective unit or if they possess a mooting, public speaking or public performance background. While experience in public international Law and mooting is desirable, it is not essential.

How to Apply

Applications must consist of a covering letter, a copy of your academic transcript and a curriculum vitae (including two referees, preferably UWA academic members). The covering letter must address the selection criteria outlined above and set out  your  reasons  for  wanting  to  participate. A print-out of an applicant’s academic results will suffice, provided that they are able to bring an original academic transcript to the interview if shortlisted.

Applications are due by 5pm Friday 4 August 2017. Applications must be addressed to the UWA Jessup Coaches, and sent by email only to the following two addresses in one email:

1.    [email protected]
2.    [email protected]

Late applications or applications not sent to each of the email addresses above in one email will not be considered.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted and invited to attend an interview on Saturday 12 August 2017 at the UWA Law School. Shortlisted candidates must make themselves available on this day. Please note that interviewees will be required to give a brief 2-minute presentation on a discrete issue of public international law, providing context, analysis and possible solutions to the issue raised.


Enquiries relating to the 2018 Jessup competition can be directed to the UWA Jessup coaches.

General enquires relating to mooting can be directed to the Mooting Coordinator Dr Renae Barker.