History and Background
The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the world’s largest and most prestigious moot court. It was first held at Harvard in 1960. Today, participants from over 500 law schools in more than 80 countries participate in the annual moot. The competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations. Each team prepares oral and written pleadings, arguing both the applicant and respondent positions of the case.
The Harvard team is building on its recent results. Over the past few years, Harvard students have consistently advanced within the New York regional rounds. Last year, HLS was recognized as having one of the top memorials and best oralists in the New York regional round. Basic information about Jessup can be found on the website of the International Law Students Association
The 2014 Jessup team will be captained by Phil Underwood (’14) and coached by Aphrodite Giovanopoulou (SJD) and James Grace (LLM ’14). Other members are Melissa Chastang (’14) and Dean Rosenburg (’15).