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This subject involves five students competing as a team in the prestigious Philip C Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, which has been running for more than half a century. Each team represents both the applicant and the respondent by preparing written memorials and presenting oral pleadings in a simulated case before the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Participation involves intensive work from November to February and additional work before and after that period. The problem is generally released in September and memorials are due in January. The national oral round is typically held in Canberra in February and the international finals are held in Washington DC in April.
Intended learning outcomes
Successful participation will provide a sophisticated understanding of dispute settlement in the ICJ and the key substantive issues raised by the problem. Additionally, this subject offers an exceptional opportunity to:
- work closely with a small group of committed students and staff members.
- develop your research and oral and written communication skills.
- improve your understanding of various substantive areas of public international law.
- meet a wide range of inspiring people within and outside Melbourne Law School who are working in international law or as professional advocates.
On completion of the subject, students should have developed the following generic skills:
- Attitudes towards knowledge that include valuing truth, openness to new ideas and ethics associated with knowledge creation and usage;
- The capacity for close reading and analysis of a range of sources;
- The capacity for critical and independent thought and reflection;
- The capacity to solve problems, including through the collection and evaluation of information;
- The capacity to communicate, both orally and in writing;
- The capacity to plan and manage time;
- Intercultural sensitivity and understanding.
Last updated: 10 November 2023