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Unit Overview


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.

12 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face

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)
Emily Camins
Unit rules
Enrolment in
LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering
and LAWS5165 Public International Law
and 30 points Unit(s) ( LAWS4102 Criminal Law
, LAWS4103 Contract
, LAWS4104 Property
, LAWS4106 Torts
, LAWS4107 Land Law
, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law and ( LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics
or LAWS4110 Interpretation
and ) )
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
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