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LAW3480 Jessup International Law Moot Competition

Semester 3, 2019 On-campus Springfield
Short Description: Jessup Moot Competition
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Law and Justice
Student contribution band : Band 3
ASCED code : 090900 - Law
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Nicky Jones


Pre-requisite: LAW2222 or LAW5222 (or equivalent) and Students must be enrolled in one of the following programs: LLBP or DJUR

Other requisites

A genuine interest in public international law is required. Successful completion of LAW3466 and previous experience in mooting, debating or public speaking will be favourably regarded.

Student eligibility to participate in the Jessup team may also be subject to the Official Rules and the Australian National Rules Supplement for the Phillip C Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.

Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at


Mooting is a fundamental element of legal education that allows students to use and refine written and oral communication skills which are essential for success in future careers.

This course enables students to develop sophisticated research skills, persuasive oral skills and a developed capacity to think on their feet through participating in the Phillip C Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Successful participation in the course will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the key substantive areas of international law raised by the competition problem and dispute resolution in the International Court of Justice. Mooting also provides law students with an authentic learning experience in a ‘real world’ context which has direct application in a professional legal environment. Students who have successfully completed mooting courses are well placed for a good transition to the workforce.


This course enables students to gain significant experience in international law and advocacy by participating in the Phillip C Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Students work as a team to represent fictitious States in a dispute before the International Court of Justice.

The team comprises 5 students. Selection is competitive and involves consideration of a student's completed application form, academic record, willingness to commit to the competition from November to February, prior mooting or debating experience and an interview.

The competition problem (the compromis) is released in September, after which the team will research together areas of public international law relevant to the compromis and prepare submissions (called memorials) for both States in the hypothetical dispute. The memorials are submitted in January. The team then prepares and refines oral pleadings, before competing against other Australian university teams in Canberra in February. Two Australian finalist teams then compete in the international finals in Washington DC. Team registration, travel and accommodation expenses are paid by the University.

This course involves intensive work from November to February, and may involve additional work outside that period. A full-time commitment is required in this period, and only minimal part-time employment is permissible.


On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. examine and critically analyse selected topics in traditional and emerging areas of public international law
  2. correctly apply appropriate core principles of public international law to a complex hypothetical problem
  3. analyse and synthesise international legal information and materials to generate and structure appropriate written and oral arguments for a specialist legal audience
  4. undertake self-directed legal research and preparation of written submissions
  5. collaborate effectively with Jessup team members to undertake research and prepare written and oral submissions
  6. undertake the appropriate practice and use correct procedures of the International Court of Justice
  7. reflect on their abilities to undertake effective legal work as a member of a team.

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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There are no prescribed textbooks for this course. Students are expected to familiarise themselves with the Jessup competition rules (Official Rules and Australian National Rules Supplement for the Phillip C Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition), schedule and resources which are available from the International Law Students’ Association website

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Crawford, J & Brownlie, I 2012, Brownlie’s Principles of Public International Law, 8th edn, Oxford University Press, Oxford, United Kingdom.
Hall, S 2016, Principles of international law, 5th edn, LexisNexis Butterworths, Chatswood, New South Wales.
Harris, D. J & Sivakumaran, S 2015, Cases and materials on international law, 8th edn, Sweet & Maxwell, London, United Kingdom.
Rothwell, D, Kaye, S, Akhtarkhavari, A, Davis, R & Saunders, I 2018, International law: cases and materials with Australian perspectives, 3rd edn, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, Australia.
Shaw, M 2008, International law, 6th edn, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, Victoria.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 100.00
Private Study 55.00
Seminars 10.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ORAL PRESENTATION 40 40 19 Nov 2019 (see note 1)
PARTICIPATION 20 20 19 Nov 2019 (see note 2)
TWO 12000 WORD MEMORIALS 40 40 19 Nov 2019 (see note 3)

  1. Preparation of oral presentations and participation in practice moot sessions and national qualifying rounds in Canberra. If the team qualifies in the Australian national rounds, it will be eligible to travel to Washington DC, USA to participate in the international rounds in April 2019. Assessment due date will be in accordance with Jessup rules and will be made available through StudyDesk.
  2. Course engagement and teamwork. Assessment due date will be in accordance with Jessup rules and will be made available through StudyDesk.
  3. Two memorials of 12,000 words each, researched and written cooperatively by team members as per Jessup rules (see Assessment Notes). Assessment due date will be in accordance with Jessup rules and will be made available through StudyDesk.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    On-campus Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing in written submissions must comply with the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (‘AGLC’) referencing system. Students should use this system to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. For AGLC style guide enquiries, consult the AGLC manual from the USQ Library's referencing guide at, or contact the Law librarian.

  2. The Jessup competition rules include the Official Rules and the Australian National Rules Supplement for the Phillip C Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Further information may be found on the Jessup competition website <>.

  3. Compliance with the Jessup rules relating to submission of memorials is required. Late submission of memorials may result in students incurring penalties under both the Jessup rules and clause 4.2.4 of the University’s Assessment Procedure <>.