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Q: What is the Jessup Competition?

A: The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the world's largest and most prestigious international law moot court, or advocacy, competition. It is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations. One team is allowed to participate from every eligible school. Teams prepare oral and written pleadings arguing both the applicant and respondent positions of the case.
The Competition has been held every year since 1959. Almost 700 teams from over 90 countries annually participate in the Jessup Competition.
In 2011 the Russian National Championship of the Jessup Competition celebrated its 10th anniversary.
More information about the Jessup Competition can be found at www.ilsa.org/jessup.

Q: Who is organizing the Jessup Competition in Russia and why?
A: White & Case LLC (www.whitecase.com, www.whitecase.ru) is organizing and sponsoring the Jessup Competition in Russia. White & Case wants to contribute to legal education and the rule of law in Russia by giving law students a chance to develop their legal skills in the world's most prestigious mooting competition.
White & Case is also the Global Partner of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition and the sponsor of the Jessup International Rounds in Washington DC.
Since 2009, Threefold LLC (www.threefold.ru) co-administers and co-sponsors the Russian Rounds of the Jessup Competition together with White & Case.
Q: What is the International Law Students Association (ILSA)?
A: ILSA is a not-for-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. that administers the Jessup Competition around the world. ILSA also has chapters at universities in many different countries run by law students interested in international law. The National Administrator is appointed by ILSA to organize the Jessup in Russia. You can find out more about ILSA by visiting their website: www.ilsa.org

Q: How many students can form a team?
A: Usually four or five students. Two students represent the Applicant country and two students represent the Respondent. If you have a fifth team member, he or she is "Of Counsel" to the team and can help to write the memorials but does not plead during the Oral Rounds of the Competition. However, Of Counsel may sit at the table with his/her team mates during the oral pleadings.
According to the Official Rules of the Competition, a team of minimum two students can represent both Applicant and Respondent. However, in deciding to compete with only two members of the team, one should bear in mind that the amount of work required for the Jessup Competition is overwhelming and your task will be very difficult.

Q: Our university has more than 5 students who want to compete - can we send two teams?
A: No. Each university can only send one team. If there are more than five students eligible to participate, your law school must have an internal competition to select the team representing the university. Please read Official Rule 2.0 as supplemented by the Russian National Supplement for details on eligibility and team selection.

Q: Are only students in the department of public international law allowed to participate in the Jessup?
A: No. Any student who fulfils the criteria in the Official Rules may participate.
Q: Can graduate students (magistratura or aspirantura) participate in the Jessup Competition?
A: Aspirantura students may participate only with the express written permission of the ILSA Executive Director and provided that they are otherwise eligible under the Official Rules. General rules apply to the participation of Magistratura students in the Competition.

Q: Can foreign exchange students participate in the Jessup Competition?
A: Yes. Only with the express written permission of the ILSA Executive Director and provided that such students are otherwise eligible under the Official Rules.

Q: Can students participate several times in the Jessup Competition?
A: Yes. As long as a student is eligible under the Official Rules, he or she may compete as many times as he or she likes.
Q: Who pays for travel to Moscow?
A: Teams are responsible for their travel expenses to and in Moscow.

Q: Do you have any recommendations as to accommodation in Moscow?

A: Please refer to the list of hotels and hostels in Moscow that we have prepared for your information.
Q: How can we get sponsorship to participate in the Russian National Championship?

A: Jessup teams around the world engage in active fundraising to help cover the cost of competing in their National Championship or at the Jessup World Championship. If your university is unable to provide funding, try to approach law firms, companies and foundations for financial assistance.

Q: When does our team have to finish the written memorials?
A: Each team must submit their written memorials by the deadline stipulated in the Russian National Supplement to the Official Rules adopted for the respective Competition year. For the 2014 Competition, this deadline for Russia is 10 January 2014. Please see the 2014 Russian Supplement to Official Rule 6.

Q. How do we submit our memorials?
A. By uploading them at your Home Page at www.ilsa.org and by sending an e-mail to jessup@threefold.ru. Please see the 2014 Russian Supplement to Official Rule 6.
Q: Does our team have to write the memorials and plead in the English language?
A: Yes.
Q: Can we change a registered team member?
A: Your team should be formed by 15 November 2013. You may not change the team members after this date without the express written permission of the ILSA Executive Director.
Q: When and where will the Russian National Championship be held?
A: 29 January - 2 February 2014, in Moscow.
Location of the Preliminary and Advanced Rounds – Moscow State University, Law Faculty (new building), 1  Leninskiye Gory (bldgs 13-14), 4th academic building, 119234 Moscow.
Location of the Final Round: Moscow State University of International Relations (left wing), 76 Prospect Vernadskogo.

Q: How many teams will be participating?
A. 45 teams have registered for participation in the 2014 Russian National Championship of the Jessup Competition.

Q: Is there a dress-code?

A: Yes. Students and coaches are expected to wear business attire on all days of the Competition when their team is pleading.

Q: Who are the judges for the Jessup Competition?
A: Lawyers from law firms and corporations, law professors, diplomats and even some real courtroom judges from Russia and around the world volunteer to judge the written submissions and the oral pleadings. They are all volunteers: they are not paid and give their time to judge the Jessup because they believe that the Competition is an important contribution to the Russian legal education.
Q: How do we know we are being fairly judged?
A: The Jessup judges of written and oral pleadings do not know the identity of the universities they are judging. Each team is randomly assigned a number and uses that number exclusively to identify itself on its written submissions and during oral pleadings - only the Russian National Administration and ILSA know which number is assigned to which university. Students are strictly forbidden from identifying their university to the judges - doing so will result in penalties under the Jessup Official Rules.
Q: Who is the team advisor (coach) and what does he/she do?
A: The team advisor(-s) coach(-es) is(are) usually a law professor at your university, but it can be anyone with an interest in public international law - a lawyer in a firm or a graduate student. Former Jessup competitors are often eager to coach. The coach may give general advice and support but must not do any of the work for the team. See Official Rule 2.4.
Russian teams may also submit a request accompanied by a list of questions for an absentee coach for a team to the Russian National Administration that will endeavour to provide them with an absentee coach.
For the scope of such assistance, see Russian National Supplement to Official Rule 2.4.3, as well as the Russian Jessup Charter of Coaching.

Q: How do I register a team to compete in the Russian National Championship?
A: You need to register your team BOTH with ILSA and the Russian National Administration by 15 November 2013. Registration is not possible after this date.
Q: How does the university pay the ILSA registration fee?

A: Universities may pay by check from a U.S. bank, money order or by credit card. If your university or team member/coach has a foreign currency bank account, you can pay by bank transfer. Contact ILSA for its bank details for payment.
Q: Will ILSA issue an invoice to the university for paying the registration fee?

A: Yes. Contact ILSA and request an invoice and they will send you an invoice and a receipt of payment.
Q: What happens if my team wins the Russian National Championship?
A: The Russian National Champion has the right to participate in the Jessup World Championship to be held in Washington, D.C. on 6-12 April 2014. White & Case and its partners will cover travel expenses for the Russian National Champion.
Q: How many teams will represent Russia at the World Championship?

A: According to Official Rule 1.2, every country is entitled to send one (1) team to the World Championship for every ten (10) teams participating in the National Championship. In 2014, 5 teams will represent Russia at the World Championship. No exhibition teams from Russia will be invited.
Teams other than the National Champion who will also receive the right to participate in the World Championship are encouraged to do their own fund-raising if they wish to travel to the World Championship.