The International Team represents Berkeley Law at the highest levels of international competition. They have ranked among the highest performing teams and individual team members in competitions spanning public international law and private international commercial dispute resolution, in events designed for students in both J.D. and LL.M. programs.
Please note that our participation in any particular competition is subject to change from year to year.
Berkeley Law students have recently participated in the following international competitions through our Advocacy Competitions Program:
Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition (Jessup), International Law Students Association
The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the world’s largest moot court competition, with participants from over 500 law schools in more than 80 countries. The competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations. One team is allowed to participate from every eligible school. The regional rounds are extremely competitive and only one team from each region advances to the international rounds, which include teams from all over the world. We send one four- or five-person team (usually four oralists and possibly one brief writer) to this competition. The maximum number of team members is five. The problem is released in early September with the briefs (memorials) typically due in mid-January. The Qualifying Round of arguments is held in late February with the International and Jessup Cup World Championship Rounds held in late March and early April. The writing portion of this competition covers almost the entirety of the Fall semester, so strong time management skills are essential to avoid a time crunch over Winter Break. Preparation for oral argument is concentrated in late January and February.
Willem C. Vis International Arbitration Moot (Vis)
The business community’s marked preference for resolving international commercial disputes by arbitration is the driving force behind this competition. It draws 290 teams from 67 countries, plus a large number of coaches and arbitrators, and is now considered one of the largest international arbitration events in the world. The competition aims to train law students in the writing of memorandums for claimant and respondent and the hearing of oral argument based upon the memorandums. Both exercises involve questions of contract flowing from a transaction relating to the sale or purchase of goods. Students grapple with the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods and other uniform international commercial law in addition to specified Arbitration Rules. We send one team typically composed of four JD students or three JD students and one LLM student. There is no limit on the number of team members allowed, but in order to receive credit, students must contribute to the brief and participate in oral argument, effectively limiting the number of competitors. The problem is released in early October and the briefs are due in mid-December (claimant) and mid-January (respondent). Competitors attend moots in Europe in mid- to late March and the final mock arbitration in Vienna in early April. Where NMCC is a sprint, Vis is a marathon. The students live with and work on the problem from October through April. Here again students are advised to get the heavy lifting on the briefs done in November and then focus on preparing for the arbitration in February and March.