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John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition

ELSA would like to thank the Competition’s partners and sponsors for their contribution.

It is thanks to them, that the John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition has been steadily growing for over 20 years.

To discover the advantages of sponsoring a worldwide event for law students, please contact
the Vice President in charge of Competitions at johnhjackson@elsa.org or just scroll down and fill in the online contact form.

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ELSA needs your help to support the John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition! Your valued contribution will enable ELSA to support students in their participation in the Regional Rounds and the Final Oral Round as well as to offer a high quality Final Oral Round in Geneva in June. Donations big and small are welcome! Please click the donation button below to give to the area of the competition of your choice.


WTO is the only international organization dealing with the global rules of trade between nations. The goal of the WTO is to improve the welfare of the people of the Member Countries by ensuring that trade flows as smoothly, predictably and freely as possible. The WTO currently consists of 161 Member Nations. As the WTO was born out of negotiations amongst the former GATT Contracting Parties, everything the WTO Members do are a result of negotiations. Therefore, the WTO, as an intergovernmental institution, is a place where Member governments seek to negotiate trade problems. The John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition therefore supports the WTO’s enforcement of the international trade rules via the Dispute Settlement Understanding system.


The Centre for Trade and Economic Integration (CTEI) is the Geneva Graduate Institute’s hub for cutting-edge research on international trade. It brings together renowned experts in economics, law, and political science to explore topics related to trade, economic integration, and globalisation. CTEI serves as a global meeting point that fosters dialogue among academics, international businesses, NGOs, and policy-makers. Its aims to bridge the gap between theory and practice, including partnerships with research centres in the developing world.

Van Bael & Bellis

Van Bael & Bellis is a leading independent law firm based in Brussels, with a second office in Geneva exclusively dedicated to WTO matters. With more than 70 lawyers coming from over 20 different countries, the firm is well known for its client-centred approach, commitment to excellence and extensive expertise in EU trade and customs law, free trade agreements and WTO law as well as public international law.  The firm’s other main practice area is national and EU competition law where it has consistently ranked among the top EU firms.


In more than 100 years of practice, Steptoe has earned an international reputation for vigorous representation of clients before governmental agencies, successful advocacy in litigation and arbitration, and creative and practical advice in structuring business transactions. Steptoe has more than 500 lawyers and other professional staff across offices in Beijing, Brussels, Chicago, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie has been voted the World’s strongest law firm brand for 10 consecutive years and has 77 offices in 46 countries.

Our fluency in working across borders, issues and practices allows us to simplify legal complexity, foresee risks others may overlook and identify commercial opportunities that many miss. This makes us advisers of choice to some of the world’s leading multinational corporations.

Market disruption is an accepted reality for business, as new competition and technologies drive the pace of change faster than ever before. Our clients want lawyers who are prepared to lead, differentiate and adapt in a constantly changing world. They want advisers who are curious about the world, and embrace collaboration and candour.

As the original global law firm, established in 1949, Baker McKenzie brings the right talent to every client issue, regardless of where the client is. We partner with our clients to deliver solutions in the world’s largest economies as well as newly opening markets.

We are global citizens, industry savvy, diverse and have a thirst for innovation. Our strength is our ability to adopt a new type of thinking and use cutting-edge legal technologies to help clients overcome the challenges of competing in today’s new world economic order.

We are The New Lawyers.
We are Baker McKenzie.


Sidley Austin LLP is a premier law firm with a practice highly attuned to the ever-changing international landscape. The firm has built a reputation for being an adviser for global business, with more than 2,000 lawyers in 20 offices worldwide. Sidley is committed to providing quality legal services wherever they are needed, including litigation, transactional and regulatory matters spanning virtually every area of law. The firm’s lawyers have diverse legal backgrounds and are dedicated to teamwork, collaboration and superior client service. From our offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia, Sidley Austin LLP assists companies, governments and trade associations worldwide on transactional, regulatory, dispute settlement and policy matters. Success in today’s global marketplace requires an understanding of the rules that govern every aspect of the international economy — from capital movements to trade in goods and services, to intellectual property and product standards. Our team of seasoned negotiators, deal-makers, litigators and policy advisers draws on extensive private sector and government experience to help companies and governments shape these rules and resolve disputes arising under them. Because the United States and the European Union are the world’s most important actors in international trade, we have teams in Washington, D.C. and Brussels. Since the World Trade Organization (WTO) is the focal point for trade rules, we have an office at the WTO headquarters in Geneva dedicated to ensuring that our clients are represented in international negotiations and WTO disputes. Our Washington, Brussels and Geneva offices work closely with colleagues in our Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Singapore offices to provide comprehensive and practical guidance to clients on international trade matters.


Following its establishment in 1977, Lee & Ko has steadily grown to become one of Korea’s leading full-service law firms. This has been frequently confirmed by various foreign and Korean media institutions and law firm ranking institutions, which consistently place Lee & Ko at the highest level among law firms in all significant areas of measurement, including everything from professional legal capabilities to client satisfaction.

Lee & Ko’s excellent reputation for trustworthiness and reliability has been built on a foundation of judiciously maintaining time-proven practices and giving priority to substance over appearance. While valuing innovation that brings genuine improvement, the firm continues to eschew attention-getting gimmicks and novelty. We pledge to continue on this path, based on a proud “Lee & Ko tradition” that emphasises the essentials of an excellent law firm practice: specialisation, professionalism and full consideration for each client’s needs. We are committed to doing our utmost to at all times conduct ourselves in the role of Korea’s leading law firm in a socially responsible and positive way.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Akin is a global law firm with more than 900 lawyers and advisors who pride themselves on dedication to their clients and their communities. With 19 offices worldwide including in Geneva and Washington, D.C., we are renowned for numerous market-leading practices; our strengths in complex transactions and restructurings, high-stakes litigation, and public policy and regulatory matters; and our unyielding pro bono commitment. We partner with clients from both established industries and cutting-edge markets to deliver creative solutions to business-critical issues, helping them seize opportunities and anticipate challenges. Driven by our forward-thinking leadership, we have built a strong culture of innovation and collaboration as well as a talented and diverse workforce committed to the success of our clients and each other. We are intentional about fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace where all employees are supported and given the tools to succeed. We are focused on recruiting and nurturing the next generation of exceptional legal talent and are proud that our recruitment and professional development efforts are recognized as among the best in the industry.

Our international dispute resolution and counseling team has experience before the World Trade Organization (WTO) under every WTO agreement and at every stage of the dispute process. We provide legal and policy advice, advocating before governments for clients navigating the global, regional and bilateral rules of commerce and investment. Our clients include sovereign governments to private equity firms, Fortune 500 manufacturing companies, technology firms and major trade associations.

Georgetown University Law Center

Georgetown University Law Center
 is a global leader in legal education and the preeminent U.S. law school based in the nation’s capital. A world-class faculty of celebrated theorists and leading legal practitioners offers students an unmatched breadth and depth of academic opportunities. Second to none in experiential education, the Law Center’s numerous clinics are deeply woven into the Washington, D.C., landscape. More than 20 centers and institutes forge cutting-edge research and policy resources across fields including health, the environment, human rights, technology, national security and international economics. Georgetown Law equips students to succeed in a rapidly evolving legal environment and to make a profound difference in the world, guided by the school’s motto, “Law is but the means, justice is the end.”

World Trade Institute

The World Trade Institute (WTI) is a leading academic institution dedicated to teaching and research focused on international trade and investment regulation and economic globalisation and sustainability. Its aim is to shape public policy so that international economic governance yields tangible benefits for society. As a centre of excellence at the University of Bern with an international, interdisciplinary focus, the WTI explores the interconnections between the fields of law, economics and political science. Since 1999, its Master of International Economic Law (MILE) programme has been one of the world’s leading programmes of advanced studies in the field of international trade regulation. In 2017, the WTI successfully launched a combined LL.M. and DAS programme, the TRAIL+. It targets students and professionals with a legal background who are interested in specialising in international economic law with cross-disciplinary study of the global economy and trade and investment agreements. The WTI’s Winter and Summer Academies, as well as CAS and DAS programmes offer working professionals the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of issues related to international law and economics, without the long-term time commitment of traditional study programmes. Alumni of the WTI’s various programmes work for international organisations, government ministries, academic institutions, global companies and internationally operating law firms.

European Public Law Organization

The European Public Law Organization (EPLO) is an international organization dedicated to the creation and dissemination of knowledge in the area of Public Law lato sensu and Governance and the promotion of European values, for a better generation of lawyers and democratic institutions worldwide. To this date, it has developed, organized, promoted and supported close to 200 educational, researches, training, institution building and other activities and has provided assistance to democratic institutions in more than 70 countries. In order to accomplish its purposes, the EPLO promotes cooperation with other institutions, organizations and bodies, in particular organizations in the United Nations system. The EPLO runs the European Law and Governance School (ELGS) which provides undergraduate and graduate degrees. 


The Jus Mundi platform offers a comprehensive, multilingual, and user friendly search engine for advanced academic research in international law. Jus Mundi covers over 3800 international treaties (BITs, FTAs, multilateral agreements) and over 30,000 international law, investor-state and commercial arbitration documents issued by ICSID, UNCITRAL, IUSCT, WTO, ICC, SCC, ICDR, ICJ, PCIJ, PCA, ITLOS, Mixed Claims Commissions and other institutions.

Jus Mundi offers several advanced linguistic features and more than a dozen filters to narrow down search criteria based on open or specific search strings, legal concepts relevant to the search, case type, decision type, type of legal document, decision-makers, dates, and more.

Jus Mundi will provide free access for all the participants of the competition to their platform as well as training sessions.


The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) promotes the economic and social development of its member states and fosters intra-regional integration and international cooperation for Africa’s development. One of its key thematic area is Regional Integration and Trade. The African Trade Policy Centre (ATPC) is a specialized unit within ECA and is the leading Africa-based centre of excellence and is a continental hub that provides and coordinates technical support for the development of trade policies in Africa, in particular the negotiation and implementation of a continental free trade area (CFTA) agreement and the Boosting Intra-African Trade initiative. ATPC works with stakeholders at all levels to enhance the implementation of sound national, regional and international trade strategies, policies and programmes. The Centre also conducts research to generate and disseminate knowledge on trade and provides policy advice, training and capacity-building based on the needs identified by its partners.


The Society of International Economic Law (SIEL) is a membership organization aimed at academics and academically-minded practitioners and officials in the field of IEL, in all parts of the world. SIEL acts as an umbrella organization, fostering coordination, collaboration and debate between IEL scholars and practitioners and national or regional IEL organizations around the world. It will be academically focussed, genuinely global in its reach, and highly inclusive – not only in its membership but also in terms of the expertise and interests of participants. It will focus, at least in the short term, on making links between IEL academics from all parts of the globe, disseminating IEL research, and building an online library of publicly accessible material to facilitate the teaching and learning of IEL worldwide. SIEL aims to involve as many people as we can, particularly younger scholars and those from the developing world.  Membership rates have been tailored to be accessible to all, regardless of their location and position.


Becoming a Sponsor of the John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition means to get virtually and directly present in the world’s biggest Law Students and Young Lawyers Association. It means to have the unique chance to support students, who are willing to invest time and effort to enhance their skills and to foster their understanding of today’s globally interacting law industry. At the same time it is an outstanding possibility to strengthen the own brand by being part of the biggest Moot Court Competition in the field of WTO Law. Write us an inquiry.