Now in its 53rd year, the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the world's largest moot court competition, with participants from over 500 law schools in more than 80 countries. The Competition is a simulation of a dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations.
For many years, The Fletcher School has drawn on its Master’s students, joint degree students, and, since 2008, its LL.M. students to participate in the Jessup Competition. Beginning in 2011, in association with the International Law Students Association, the LL.M. Program has hosted a Final Round Lunch and Discussion with the Compromis Authors on the final day of the competition, which is held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Society of International Law. Before an audience of hundreds of Jessup participants, the Compromis authors offer their views on how that year’s issues were selected, the types of arguments they expected to hear from competitors, and what they thought the best arguments were for each side; they also answer questions from participating teams. In 2012, all three Compromis authors (Dr. Lucas Lixinski, Dean's Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales; Fernando Lusa Bordin, Ph.D. Candidate, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge; and Maïté de Souza Schmitz, Second Secretary, Embassy of Brazil, The Hague) participated in the discussion, which was also broadcast on the International Law Students Association website.