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Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
Team Freiburg 2013/14
After the successful first participation of a Freiburg team in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition (see →Team 2013), a team of University of Freiburg will also participate in the Jessup rounds 2013/14. If you are interested in joining the team, please take note of the following (provisional) schedule:
|6 June 2013, 16h c.t.||Open briefing event (Audimax, KG II)|
|16 June 2013||Deadline for applications|
|22 June 2013||Individual interviews (can also be held via Skype, e.g. in case candidates are still abroad)|
|(exp.) 1. Jule 2013||Announcement of team composition|
|September 2013||Publication of the problem (Compromis)|
|Januar 2014||Deadline for written memorials|
|Februar 2014||German National Rounds|
|March/April 2014||International Rounds in Washington, D.C.|
Founded in 1959 by students from Harvard Law School, the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the world's largest, oldest and most prestigious competition of this kind. Each year thousands of law students from over 500 law schools in more than 80 countries participate in this moot. The competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations. Teams prepare oral pleadings and written memorials arguing both the applicant's and respondent's positions of the case.
The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition concentrates on classic, current and upcoming problems of public international law. This season the problem addresses the legality of the destruction of a cultural site, the question who may represent a State after a coup d'etat, and the issue of State responsibility for a regional operation.
What Is a Moot Court?
A moot court is a simulated court proceeding. Law students prepare written memorials and oral pleadings to present their arguments before a jury, which usually is composed of judges and lawyers with expertise in the subject matter of the case. The winner is not necessarily the Counsel who is on solid grounds with the merits of the case. Instead legal expertise, debating skills and convincing argumentation are what matters most: "When the facts are on your side, pound the facts. When the law is on your side, pound the law. If you are weak on both, pound the table".