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The Philip C Jessup International Law Moot, held each year in Washington DC since 1959 is the largest and the most prestigious mooting competition in the world, More than 300 law schools from almost 50 nations participate.
Set in the International Court of Justice the competition requires teams to prepare oral and written pleadings for a complex international legal problem. The Jessup moot problems are renowned for being cutting edge and controversial.
The Australian National Rounds are held annually in February at the campus of the Australian National University, Canberra.
The final is traditionally held in Court 1 of the High Court by a bench of three experts in international law. A sitting High Court Justice has acted in the past as President of the ICJ bench. Both teams which reach the Australian final go to Washington to moot with international teams.
Students mooting in the Jessup competition may enrol in MLl355 (Dispute Resolution and International Trade) which encompasses the Jessup International Law Moot Competition in International Law.
High Court Dinner
The week of competition in Canberra is topped off with a dinner in the High Court where the competitors celebrate the end of their hard work and months of dedication and commitment.
Past Deakin University Jessup Mooters have the prestige of becoming a Jessup Alumni. This is an honour they share with fellow Mooter in their year from the 17 odd Australian law schools competing. Becoming a Jessup Alumni also creates an esprit de corps amongst Deakin Law School graduates. Past Deakin Jessup Mooters assist in current team selection and practice moots
Deakin University's participation
Deakin first entered a team in the Philip C Jessup Moot in 2003.
The Deakin University Jessup Team consisted of Vimala Srinivasan, Hannah Stevens, Ravi Arora, Joshua Todd and Christiane Dean. The Deakin Team was coached by Dilan Thampapillai. The team competed strongly, however did not reach the Quarter-Finals
The Deakin University Jessup Team consisted of Sarah Thorn, Joshua Todd, Eric Ansell, Trinh Thai and Emma Larkin and was again coached by Dilan Thampapillai.
The 2012 Deakin Jessup Team finished first after the Preliminary Rounds having won all four of its moots. However, in the Quarter-Finals the Deakin Jessup Team was defeated by the University of Western Australia. The Deakin Jessup Team finished third in the Respondent Memorial category and received an award for having reached the Quarter-Finals. The Deakin Team finished 5th overall in the competition.