Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

2013 Jessup varsity Team

Philip C. Jesup International Law Moot Court Competition : Jessup is the world’s largest moot court competition, with participants from over 550 law schools in more than 80 countries. The Competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations. One team is allowed to participate from every eligible school. Teams prepare oral and written pleadings arguing both the applicant and respondent positions of the case.

Official Webpage / National Rounds Webpage

Assessment and Review by YULS :

  1. Prep Period            : ★★★★★
    • 10 – 12 Months minimum (including Tournament)
  2. Tournament Period  : ★★★★★
    • Application begins in September, National Championship is held in February, and International Championship is held in April.
    • Memorandums are due December.
  3. Reputation/Honour  : ★★★★★
  4. Tournament Quality          : ☆☆☆☆☆, During the Korean National Rounds,
    • Disinterested Organizing Committee : Since 2014, The Korean Society of International Law (KSIL, 국제법학회) has undertook a massive budget cut for the tournament resulting in (1) failure to invite qualified and experienced foreign lawyers and (2) no control over the gallery during the court proceedings, and (3) prohibition on all video recordings of the proceedings.
    • Questionable Language Skills of Judges : Judges mostly composed of Korean university Professors whom have demonstrated doubtful English language proficiency and lack of preparedness. There seems to be much room for improvement.
    • [Click Here for Detailed Reviews and Real Accounts of Members]
  5. Winning Records of YULS
    • 2013 Korean National Rounds 2nd Place as Yonsei University Representative
      • Best Applicant Written Submission Award
      • Best Overall Written Submission Award
      • Best Speaker Award
      • Tournament Runner-Up (대회 준우승)
    • 2014 Korean National Rounds 2nd Place as Yonsei University Representative
      • Best Speaker Award
      • Tournament Runner-Up (대회 준우승)
    • 2015-2016
      • Refusal to Participate (boycott period)
    • 2017
  6. Overall Assessment and Commentary : ★★★★☆
    • Hands-on experience of legal research, writing memos and memorandums, oral presentation of legal arguments in front of Professors and colleagues in a competitive environment more than compensates for the dedication and diligence required in the preparation stages
    • Competing head on head with law school students gives an accurate assessment of our members’ prospects and promise as a future law school student
    • While there are no threatening competitors in the national rounds, the persistent bias towards Seoul National University Law School Team and the poor Judge pool inside Korea remains as a regretful barricade to all students of law inside Korea.
  7. Recommended Courses @ Yonsei University :
    • International Law and Governance, Prof. Kim Joon Gi
    • International Law I, Prof. Kim Dae Soon or Prof. Lee Ki Beom
    • International Law II, Prof. Kim Dae Soon or Prof. Lee Ki Beom
  8. Syllabus and  Schedule for YULS varsity Team :
  9. Recruiting and Application :
    • Go to News and Notices Board
    • Please contact us via yonsei.uls@gmail.com for any and all inquiries

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