John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition (Formerly known as EMC²)

John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition launched on 15th of September 2018.

The John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition (Formerly known as EMC²) is one of the flagship projects of ELSA. Established in 2002, the John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition is now the third largest moot court competition in the world.

John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition is a simulated hearing of the WTO dispute settlement system. 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. The WTO is ELSA’s main organising partner. The moot court competition exists of two rounds: the first one is the participation in one of the five regional rounds. As the moot court competition is truly global, five regional rounds are organised: two European Rounds, one All-American Round, the Asia-Pacific Round and the African Round. Before the Regional Round, each team is required to submit a written submission. The teams that pass the regional rounds will go to the Final Oral Round, taking place at the WTO headquarters in Geneva.

The John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition is a year-long project, with the regional rounds taking place in February and March, and the Final Oral Round in the beginning of June. The team participating in the competition shall consist of 2 to 4 law students, and every team is allowed to register 2 coaches or academic advisors. Only one team per university is allowed to participate. The Panel consists of world trade law experts willing to be active at the hearings. All teams have to pay a registration fee of 250 Euro to ELSA International, but many law faculties will cover these costs. Next to this, additional fees for the regional and final round are asked.

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