Philip Jessup Moot Court Competition 2005/2006

Moot courts have a long and well-established tradition in the United States. In Germany they have emerged to a significant extent only during the last 20 years. Student teams are requested to deal with a fictitious judicial dispute, at a first stage in writing, thereafter in pleadings before a jury. The Philip Jessup competition, the oldest competition in the field of international law, is conducted in English. Each participating Law Faculty is required to form a team of four to six students who are then called upon to analyse the case developed by the organisers in order to draft appropriate briefs before the oral competition begins. Since in Germany normally more than ten Law Faculties participate, a national selection round is necessary to find out the best team. This team has the opportunity to participate in the final round at universal level which takes place regularly in connection with the annual meeting of the American Society of International Law in Washington (end of March/first days of April).

The didactic success of participation in the Philip Jessup competition can hardly be overrated. Students make a big step forward not only in legal and linguistic terms, but also regarding personal independence and self-assurance. The teams of Humboldt University took three times the first place in recent years. Unfortunately, in 2005 and 2006 they achieved only positions in the middle ranks of the competitors.

Principal Investigators
Tomuschat, Christian Prof. em. Dr. Dr. h.c. (Details) (Public Law Specializing in International Law and European Law)

Duration of Project
Start date: 02/2005
End date: 04/2005

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