Case proposals will be evaluated by an Academic Board composed of WTO law academics, practitioners, and staff of the WTO Secretariat. After acceptance of the case proposal by the Academic Board, the case author will work with the Academic Board to refine the issues presented in the proposal before the launch of the competition with the publication of the case on 15 September 2019. In addition to the initial moot case, the case author will also prepare written clarifications addressing questions raised by students on the case (due in November 2019) as well as a bench memorandum and score sheet for panelists to use in judging the written submissions and competition (due in the first week of December 2019). A detailed schedule of this review process will be provided to the selected author.
The case author is invited to the WTO in Geneva to judge the final oral round of the competition, along with distinguished WTO scholars and practitioners, in June 2020.
The Case should enable students to engage with a realistic trade dispute raising legal issues under the WTO covered agreements. The case proposal (approximately 1000 words in length) should present a factual scenario and identify approximately three to four WTO legal issues (which may include procedural issues) that arise from the scenario. The Case should provide a relatively balanced opportunity for legal arguments in favour of both the complainant and the respondent. Ideally, the Case would address legal issues raised but not resolved in the jurisprudence to date and provide the opportunity to study and argue existing case law. The resolution of the legal issues should not depend on an evaluation of complex evidence or data. The proposals will be evaluated on the basis of the novelty of the issues raised, along with the opportunities provided by the case for students to engage with the existing WTO jurisprudence.
Samples of prior cases are available on the ELSA website https://johnhjacksonmoot.elsa.org/. Candidates are encouraged not to repeat the issues in the previous year’s case.