Friends of the Jessup

The Jessup Competition is supported by a worldwide volunteer network of thousands of practicioners, legal scholars, and others who are devoted to international law and the Jessup Competition. This network, known as the Friends of the Jessup (FOJ), offers support by judging, coaching, administering, making financial contributions, offering legal expertise, and providing general administrative help for our competitions. The success of the Competition would be impossible without the enormous amount of time and energy that FOJs give to the competition every year. ILSA is incredibly grateful to all of the FOJ’s for their continuing support at all levels of the Competition.

Jessup Judges

The Jessup Competition is judged by an elite corps of volunteer attorneys. Judges are needed at all levels of the Competition (Qualifying and International) to evaluate and score the written and oral pleadings of the competitors. In most jurisdictions, study or practice in the field of international law, or prior experience in the Jessup Competition, is preferred, but not required.

The 2018 White & Case International Rounds will take place April 1-7, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill. Schedules for the Qualifying Rounds will be posted when available. 

For any questions about the Jessup Competition please contact [email protected].

Judge Registration

2018 Jessup Judge Registration is now open. Anyone interested in Judging the Jessup must register online and create a new profile each year. We encourage both experienced and new judges to register. 

If you register your interest in judging Qualifying Rounds, we will share your contact information with the National Administrators in the country(ies) in which you indicated your interest in judging. The National Administrators will be communicating with and scheduling judges for Qualifying Rounds. The most up to date information about Qualifying Rounds including dates, locations, and National Administrator email addresses can be found on our Qualifying Rounds web page. If you have questions about a specific Qualifying Round, we encourage you to contact the National Administrator in the first instance. However, you can also email [email protected] with questions or concerns.

If you register an interest in judging at the 2018 International Rounds (1-7 April 2018) in Washington, DC, we expect to confirm judges on a rolling basis from February through March 2018. We have limited judging slots available at the International Rounds, and may not be able to confirm all applicants to judge. Additional information will be sent to International Rounds judges as they are confirmed. We appreciate in advance your patience with this process. Please contact us at [email protected] with any questions.

Resources and Guides for Judges

Below are helpful resources and guides for both returning and new judges. The materials are divided based on resources for oral rounds scoring and grading of the written memorial submissions.

Oral Round Judges

Memorial Judges

2012 Final Round

  Judges Keith, Owada, and Donoghue hear the arguments presented by Aleksandra Ivlieva from Moscow State University in the 2012 Final Round.

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