Faculty of Law

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedClayton Summer semester A 2015 (Day)

Quota applies

The number of places available in this unit is 5


The Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is conducted each year and runs over the summer semester. Five students will be invited to participate and will be selected each year from those students who have successfully completed the Jessup Moot Seminar unit. The team of five students will work closely in a team to prepare detailed and lengthy written submissions and represent fictional States in a topical hypothetical case before the International Court of Justice. Written memorials are submitted in mid-January each year. The team will then moot against teams from other Australian Universities. The Australian Regional Rounds are usually held in Canberra in the first week of February. The two finalist teams from the Australian Regional Rounds then travel to Washington DC to compete in the International Rounds against teams from around the world.

Students participating in the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition will, inter alia:

  1. acquire and develop proficiency in oral advocacy, legal research and legal writing skills in the highly demanding, yet exciting global context of public international law
  2. develop and broaden their knowledge and expertise in public law and international dispute resolution before the International Court of Justice
  3. experience the concept of through preparation of a particular case on public international law and the opportunity to match their preparation with that of equally prepared students in a national and possibly international competition setting.


The objectives of this unit include, inter alia, to

  1. Interpret critical components of public law; in particular public international law

  1. Examine and critically analyse traditional and emerging areas of international law and key issues of public international law arising out of the annual competition problem (the compromise);

  1. Undertake an advanced level of international law legal research and apply legal writing skills associated with the public international law and the International Court of Justice;

  1. Construct and develop written and oral legal argument within the context of public international law and the International Court of Justice;

  1. Utilise and assimilate the practice and procedures of the International Court of Justice in presenting the written and oral argument;

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in oral advocacy practical skills associated with international court of justice;


Memorial research and writing of two Memoranda (12,000 words each; group task): 50%
Mooting preparation and participation (group task): 50%

Workload requirements

The unit requires a far larger workload commitment than other units, approximately 300 hours, during the period of October-April. (This is beyond the standard workload, because the team represents the university, and is a small, select group. All students take on the subject only after an interview, during which the extraordinary workload is explained to them.)

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


For students who commenced their LLB (Hons) course in 2015 or later:
LAW1111; LAW1114; LAW1112; LAW1113; LAW2101; LAW2102; LAW2112; LAW2111; LAW3112 and LAW4122

For students who commenced their LLB course prior to 2015: LAW1100 OR LAW1101; LAW1102 or LAW1104; LAW4122