John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition

About the Moot

The competition is a simulated hearing of the WTO dispute settlement system. The teams prepare and analyze 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.

Are composed of 6 elimination rounds. They are taking place all over the world: an All-American Round, two Asia-Pacific Rounds, two European Rounds and an African Round.

The best 20 teams from all over the world will be qualified to participate in the Final Oral Round, which takes place in Geneva, Switzerland.

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.