Jessup Moot Court

2022 World Champions

The Harvard Law School Jessup team has emerged as the World Champions for the 2022 competition, besting over 500 other teams from across the world.

This is the first time Harvard has ever won Jessup, ever since the creation of the competition in 1960.

Marta Canneri was awarded the award for the Best Oralist in the Final Round and the team was awarded the 7th best memorial in the world. Watch the finals here!

Try-Outs for 2022-23 Team!

The HLS Jessup Team is recruiting new members for the 2022-2023 school year! Apply to join the team here. Tryouts will take place on Saturday, 4/23.

U.S. National Champions, 2022

The Harvard Law School Jessup team has emerged as the National Champions for the 2022 competition, besting 84 other teams representing law schools all over the US.

This is the first time Harvard has won the competition in recent years.

The winning team consists of Marta Canneri (’22), Katherine Shen (’22), Stephanie Gullo (’22), Nanami Hirata (’23), and Hannah Sweeney (’24). The winning oralists were Marta Canneri, Katherine Shen, and Hannah Sweeney.  The memorials (briefs) submitted by the Harvard team were ranked third of the 86 submissions.

The U.S. Competition consisted of four qualifying rounds followed by five elimination rounds culminating in the Championship Round argued at 4:00 on Sunday, February 27.  The HLS team was undefeated in all nine rounds, arguing for the Applicant in three rounds and for the Respondent in six.

Shayan Khan (LLM ’22) is the Team’s Coach. Andrew Loewenstein of Foley Hoag, LLP and Maria Laura Pessarini (LLM ’22) are the Team Advisors.  The competition forms the subject matter of the HLS workshop “Oral Argument before International Tribunals” led by Visiting Professor Peter Murray.

The team will continue to compete in the International Rounds of the Jessup Competition which will take place in late March.


The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the world’s largest and most prestigious moot court. It was first held at Harvard in 1960. Today, participants from over 645 law schools in more than 95 countries participate in the annual moot. The competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations. Each team prepares oral and written pleadings, arguing both the applicant and respondent positions of the case.

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