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International Moot Courts
Teams from over 550 law schools from more than 80 different countries take part in each year’s Jessup Moot Court Competition. The Jessup is recognized by practitioners and academics alike as one of the most prestigious moot court competitions in which law students can participate. In some circles, being a member of the Jessup Moot Court Team is considered equivalent to being a member of a law review.
The moot simulates a dispute between two countries before the International Court of Justice. Students assume the roles of counsel and present oral arguments on a controversial issue of international law. Before reaching the oral argument stage, the teams will have drafted legal briefs, known as memorials, on behalf of both the Applicant and the Respondent. Qualifying rounds take place throughout the world, with winning teams advancing to the final rounds, held each spring in Washington, D.C.
Over the past two decades, the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot and its associated events have become the world’s leading forum in the fields of international sales law and international arbitration. The Moot was founded at Pace Law School in the early 1990s and is named in memory of the late Professor Willem C. Vis, who was a member of the Pace faculty for many years. Until his retirement in 2013, the Moot was run by Pace Law School Professor Emeritus Eric E. Bergsten. Pace is proud to remain a member of the Moot Board of Directors, and is one of only six law schools to compete in the Moot each year since its creation.
This moot is a simulation of a commercial dispute between private parties located in two different countries. The primary source of substantive law is the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods. Procedural rules vary from year to year. Teams write memoranda in support of the legal positions put forward by both Claimant and Respondent, and then present oral arguments in a series of qualifying and elimination rounds held each spring in Vienna. The Moot has been remarkably successful over the years, growing rapidly to include teams from some 300 law schools in over 90 different countries.
Held each spring in Hong Kong, the Willem C. Vis (East) International Commercial Arbitration Moot is a sister moot to the larger Vis Moot in Vienna. Although the Moots are separate events and run by different entities, the format and rules are the same, as is the hypothetical case problem for each year. Unlike its sister Moot in Vienna, the Vis East Moot is limited to 100 participating teams. It was founded in 2004 and has become a mainstay of the international sales and international arbitration communities in Asia and the Pacific Rim.
Founded at Pace Law School, the International Criminal Court (ICC) Moot Competition has become the official English-language round for the ICC Moot Court Competition held annually in The Hague. This new global competition is organized by the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, in partnership with Pace Law School, the University of Leiden and the International Criminal Court. Sponsors include the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, the Government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, and the Planethood Foundation. Teams compete using the procedures and substantive law used by the International Criminal Court in prosecutions of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. Each team submits three short memorials presenting arguments based on the three participants in ICC proceedings: the Prosecution, the Defense and the Victims’ Advocates. Teams from Pace Law School have advanced to the final rounds in The Hague for two straight years.
2013 ICC Moot Team
First Place - ICC Regional Round