2021 Philip C. Jessup 

International Law Moot Court Competition


The Case Concerning...

The 2021 Jessup Problem will concern a global pandemic, and the obligations and responses of Sates with respect to the outbreak. It will also involve questions of the jurisdiction of the Court, a desperate claim for political asylum by an alledged rogue scientist, and State responsibility for a suspiciuos aircraft explosion.

Save the Date

7 September 2020 - Registration Opens

11 September 2020 - Release of the Jessup Problem

9 October 2020 - Release of First Batch of Basic Materials

13 November 2020 - Deadline for Eligibility Inquiries

16 November 2020 - Release of Corrections and Clarifications 

20 November 2020 - Deadline for Registration

20 November 2020- Release of Second Batch of Basic Materials

6 January 2021 - Deadline for Submission of Memorials

8 January 2021 - Disqualification deadline for Failure to Submit Memorials

9-12 March 2021 - Exhibition Rounds

15-26 March 2021 - Preliminary Rounds

30 March - 7 April 2021 - Advanced Rounds

9-16 April 2021 - Elimination Rounds

17 April 2021 - JESSUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND


Competition Materials

The 2021 Jessup Problem - available in September 2020

First Batch of Basic Materials - available in October 2020

Second Batch of Basic Materials - available in November 2020


Competition Rules

All competing teams are expected to be familiar with the the Official Rules of the 2021 Jessup Competition.

In particular, given the peculiarity of the 2021 Global Competition, it is key that all teams will be familiar with the procedure for online rounds and related penalties.

Subject to the organisation of Italian friendly rounds, an Italian Supplement to the 2021 Official Rules will be prepared to facilitate the conduct of the Italian National Rounds.