The Competition is a simulated hearing of the WTO dispute settlement system. The teams prepare and analyse a fictive case and present their arguments both for the Complainant and the Respondent in front of a Panel which consists of WTO and trade law experts.
Teams consisting of 2 – 4 law students are eligible to participate.
The aim is to enhance knowledge of international trade law and WTO dispute settlement procedures as well as to enhance the capacity for meaningful engagement in multilateral trade in the long term.
The teams prepare written submissions for the complainant and respondent of a fictitious case written by a WTO professional.
Regional Rounds are usually composed of 5 elimination rounds. They are taking place all over the world: an All-American Round, an Asia-Pacific Rounds, two European Rounds and an African Round.
FINAL ORAL ROUND
The best teams from all over the world will be qualified to participate in the Final Oral Round, which takes place in Geneva, Switzerland.
Participants have the opportunity to make contacts with people from all around the world. The Competition is global and the participants usually come from more than 35 different countries.
The competition provides you with a unique chance to meet face to face top trade law experts and WTO professionals.
The Competition is held entirely in English.
Participating in the competition will provide you with professional experience already during your studies. This is of extreme importance upon entering professional life. Participants have a higher chance to become leading trade lawyers than their peers.
This competition opens doors to a future career in trade law. Our sponsors are among the top law firms in the world.
WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION
The competition receives technical support from the WTO. The Director General of the WTO is the Patron of the John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition.