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This course is open to all students from the Finnish Masters of Laws programmes, the Bachelors of Laws degree, all students pursuing doctoral studies and those on the MICL or IBL programme, as well as to exchange students.

Previous knowledge of public international law is not an absolute requirement for participation but it is advisable.

Upon completion of the course the students have:

— advanced their knowledge of substantive and procedural aspects of public international law;

— developed their information search and research skills;

— learned to formulate and counter legal arguments;

— learned to conduct a written legal memorial in English;

— practiced their oral presentation and argumentation skills in English;

— developed their group work skills.

Jessup is the world's largest moot court competition, with participants from 550–600 law schools in more than 80 countries. The Competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between states 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 international rounds take place in Washington DC.

The Helsinki Jessup team is selected, and the Jessup case published, by the end of September. During fall term, the team conducts research and prepares written memorials on behalf of both the applicant and the respondent. The deadline for submission of the memorials is in mid-January. During spring term, the team prepares for the oral international rounds, to be held at the beginning of April in Washington DC. In addition to weekly training sessions, the team has traditionally visited law firms and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as taken part in a pre-moot, in order to practice for the international rounds.

The course will be graded on the scale of Pass–Fail, unless there are special reasons to assess the students on the general scale (such as requirement for a grade from an exchange student’s home university, for example).

Completion of the Course gives 15 ECTS credits. The credits require extensive and persistent participation in the team work for the duration of the entire competition.