LAWS5162 Jessup International Moot Competition

12 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the pre-eminent global mooting competition in international law. Students are eligible to enrol in this unit by application and selection. Enrolment is quota restricted to five students per year.

The Jessup Moot team members work together to prepare detailed and lengthy written submissions and represent fictional states in a topical hypothetical case before the International Court of Justice.

Written memorials are submitted in January each year. The Jessup team then moot against teams from other Australian universities. The Australian Regional Rounds are usually held in Canberra in February. The two finalist teams from the Australian Regional Rounds advance to the International Final held in Washington DC in March to compete with teams from around the world.
Students are able to (1) develop an advanced and integrated undertanding of selected topics in public international law; and acquire an understanding of the practice and procedures of the International Court of Justice; (2) exercise professional judgment by developing appropriate written and oral arguments based on the facts to a hypothetical problem; (3) (a) examine and critically analyse traditional and emerging areas of public international law; and (b) understand and apply core principles of public international law to a complex hypothetical problem; (4) build upon existing research and legal writing skills by undertaking high-level, self-directed legal research, particularly in the areas of public international law and the International Court of Justice, and locate, synthesise and analyse relevant material from primary and secondary sources to demonstrate a critical understanding of the principles of public international law; (5) (a) construct and develop oral and written arguments within the context of public international law and the International Court of Justice; and (b) develop advanced practical oral advocacy skills associated with the International Court of Justice; and (6) collaborate effectively with Jessup team members to undertake research and prepare submissions, undertake research and preparation of written submissions with a high level of autonomy, and reflect on and assess individual and team performance in relation to oral and written submissions.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) two memorandums and (2) oral presentations. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Natalie Skead
Unit rules
LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering
LAWS5165 Public International Law and 30 points from: LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics
LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics and mental health training considered sufficient by the UWA Law School
Advisable prior study:
LAWS5165 Public International Law
Approved quota: 5—a selection commitee (comprised of former Jessup team members, moot coaches, and the Deputy Head of Students) interviews applicants to select the five-member team. Selection takes place in August. The criteria for selection includes knowledge of public international law, overall academic performance and mooting record/skill.
Contact hours
effective participation requires a full-time commitment throughout the preparation and competition period
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.