Structure of the Competition

  • Written Submissions

    Interested students from all over the world are sending in their written memorandum based on a fictitious case. Registered teams have to send one Written Submission for the Complainant and one Written Submission for the Respondent (two separate Written Submissions in total). Each Submission shall not exceed 30 pages, not including the cover page. Regardless the fact, whether a team is preparing to compete in the International Written Round or they are sending their Written Submissions for scoring before the Regional Round, it is of a crucial importance to bear in mind the role of the Written Submissions in the whole competition. In the preliminary rounds the teams will be ranked according to the total score of their oral pleadings (70 %) and on the evaluations of their Written Submissions (30%).

  • Regional Rounds

    Afterwards, all the teams will have the opportunity to present their oral submissions both for the Complainant and the Respondent in front of a Panel at the Regional Round. The Panel consists of WTO professionals and trade law experts. The John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition is made up of two European Regional Rounds, a Regional Round for Asia-Pacific, an All American Regional Round and one Regional Round for Africa. The Regional Rounds shall have at least three stages: Preliminary Rounds, Semi-Finals and the Grand Final.


    The dates of the Regional Rounds will be announced soon! The 18th edition’s Regional Rounds locations are:

    • 1st European Regional Round: Kyiv, Ukraine (24th to 28th of February 2020)
    • 2nd European Regional Round: Brno, Czech Republic (2nd to 6th of March 2020)
    • All American Regional Round: Virtual Regional Round
    • Asian-Pacific Regional Round: Virtual Regional Round
    • African Regional Round: Virtual Regional Round


  • Final Oral Round

    The best 20 teams from all over the world are qualified to participate in the Final Oral Round that takes place at the WTO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The competition is growing every single year, going beyond our wildest expectations. ELSA and John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition supporters are working continuously on its further expansion. The competition has strong, long term financial contributors and a lot of academic support from the World Trade Organization itself.

    The 18th edition’s Final Oral Round will take place in Geneva, Switzerland. The dates of the Final Oral Round are 23rd to 28th of June 2020.