Call for Volunteers


The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition (the “Jessup”) is the largest moot court competition in the world.  It is an annual competition engaging subjects of public international law. This year’s problem addresses concerns a global pandemic, and the obligations and responses of States with respect to the outbreak. It will also involve questions of the jurisdiction of the Court, a desperate claim for political asylum by an alleged rogue scientist, and State responsibility for a suspicious aircraft explosion.

This year, teams from 17 Canadian law schools will be remotely hosted by the University of Victoria Faculty of Law, and all matches will take place via zoom. Over the course of 4 days, each school will moot six times ( three times as the Applicant, and three times as the Respondent). The top four teams will then compete in a final round Saturday to determine our national champions.

To successfully run the Canadian National competition, we are seeking volunteers to graciously serve as bailiffs for the oral rounds that will take place Thursday evening, and throughout the day on Friday and Saturday. A mandatory training webinar will also take place for all Volunteers on Sunday, 21 February (time TBC).


Tuesday, February 23, 20211130- 1500 PST
Wednesday, February 24, 20211130- 1500 PST
1500-1830 PST
Thursday, February 25, 20211130- 1500 PST
1500- 1830 PST
Friday, February 26, 20211130- 1500 PST
1500-1830 PST
Saturday, February 27, 20210830-1200 PST

Students who volunteer are provided with a letter of reference (upon request).

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out this Google form by January 31. You will be contacted by February 8th with your shift schedule, additional instructions about your roles and responsibilities, and the time and link for the training webinar.

Dress for the competition is Business Attire. Should you have any additional questions please contact Maggie MacDonald:

Thank you,

The Jessup Team