University of Manitoba to host 2022 Canadian National Rounds!

10-12 February 2022. All events will take place in person at the Fairmont Winnipeg.

The Jessup is one of those incredibly rare experiences that transcends law school and impacts your life for decades thereafter. It will undoubtedly provide you with the skills necessary to become a great lawyer, but it is the Jessup competition’s teaching of reason, civility, empathy, compromise and respect for others which will make you a better person and the world a better place.

– Mark A. Luz, Senior Counsel, Trade Law Bureau (Canada)

The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the world’s largest moot court competition, with participants from roughly 700 law schools in 100 countries.  It provides law students with the opportunity to prepare written and oral arguments on complex issues of public international law involving hypothetical cases before the International Court of Justice.

The Canadian Division Qualifying Tournament has been hosted by a Canadian law school annually since 1973. Teams from every Canadian law school, both civil and common law, are eligible to compete.  Typically the winning two team(s) move on to the White & Case International Rounds, held each spring in Washington, D.C.,  see the Global Jessup website for more details.

In light of continuing uncertainty and the disparate situations in the many different countries that make up the global Jessup family – including ongoing health concerns, limitations on international travel, and local/national safety measures, all of which threaten to continue for months (if not years) – a return to an in-person International Rounds is unfortunately not viable for spring of 2022. Therefore, the ILSA Board of Directors has decided that the 2022 White & Case International Rounds will be held online. At least two Canadian teams will advance to the interntional rounds.

    • Canadian teams have made the advanced playoff rounds in Washington, D.C. four of the last five years.
    • This has included two Top-10 finishes (that means, Top 10 of ALL the teams that competed in the preliminary rounds).
    • In 2017, a Canadian team made it to the world semi-finals.
    • Canadian students have been recognized in the Top-20 of ALL oral advocates in the world twice in the last five years.
    • Canadian teams have made it to the finals of the world rounds eight times since 1976.
    • We last won in 1991.
    • We last made the finals in 1997.