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NB: Enrolment for this module is capped at 5 students. There will be competitive entry: students submit CV and cover letter, and Ďauditioní. Only after the Law School selects the 5 students will they be formally enrolled in the module.
The International Mooting module is aimed at graduate students who wish to develop their advocacy skills, particularly in an international law setting. Students on the module will participate in the Jessup International Law Moot Court competition. The main focus of the module is on student-centred learning and the developing of practical legal skills. These skills will include case analysis, writing skills and practical legal research. The module will provide greater options for students within the law school and will help prepare students for employment, both in the legal profession and other sectors.
The Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the most prestigious mooting competition in the world. Annually, roughly 700 teams from all over the world compete in the national rounds, with the winning teams going on to represent their countries in the international rounds held in Washington DC. Each year teams (of four student members) are presented with a case involving a fictitious dispute between two states. This dispute is put before the United Nations' most important legal organ, the International Court of Justice. It is up to the student-teams to defend the two states to the best of their ability, both in writing and through oral pleadings. The active involvement of judges from the real International Court of Justice, the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, lawyers and professors of law guarantee the high intellectual standards of the Competition and its prestige.
In August the fictitious case is released and each team has to prepare the written pleadings on behalf of the applicant and respondent states. Two written memorials (one for each side) are sent to the organiser of the competition in January. National oral rounds are usually held in Ireland during February and the winning team of those rounds takes part in the international competition in April in Washington DC. In 2020 and 2021, oral rounds took place online due to COVID-19.
More information about the Telders Moot is available here: https://www.ilsa.org/about-jessup/