Applications for the 2019/2020 edition are now open!

After the very successful participation of the Lucerne team in 2017/2018, we are looking for participants to join our team for the 2019/2020 edition of the John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition in WTO Law.

The John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition provides for a unique opportunity to gain experience in international litigation, to improve your written and oral legal skills and to meet students and trade professionals from around the world. Knowledge in international economic law as well as pleading skills are core to many modern legal professions and particularly valued in legal firms.

The John H. Jackson Moot Court in WTO Law is a global competition organized by the European Law Students’ Association (ELSA). The simulated proceeding is based on the dispute settlement system of the World Trade Organization (WTO). The teams prepare and analyze a fictive case tackling key legal questions of international economic law in the fields of trade in goods and services. Following the release of the case in mid-September 2019, the teams draft written submissions for the Complainant and the Respondent. After the written submission phase, national and regional pleading rounds take place between February and April 2020. The best 20 teams are qualified to participate in the final oral round in June 2020, which takes place in Geneva in front of renowned WTO scholars and actual members of the WTO Panels and the Appellate Body.

More information, as well as details on previous WTO Moot Court editions, are available at: This video gives you an insight into the final round in Geneva.

The Lucerne Team will be led and coached by Prof. Dr. Nicolas Diebold and PD Dr. Mira Burri. We much look forward to your applications and to building a strong Lucerne team!

How to apply?

The prerequisites for a participation in the John H. Jackson Moot Court Competiton are:

  • Bachelor degree
  • Advanced level of English
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Motivation and dedication to work hard.
  • Some knowledge of international economic law would be an advantage


The John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition lasts over two semesters and therefore requires careful planning. These are the main deadlines:

  • 31 May 2019: Deadline for applications (later applications may also be considered)
  • September 2019: Publication of the case
  • January 2020: Submission of written arguments
  • March or April 2020: European regional oral rounds
  • June 2020: Final oral round at the WTO headquarters in Geneva

Why join the team?

You will:

  • earn up to 18 ECTS for participation in the Moot Court
  • have your Moot Court count as a master thesis, if desired
  • gain valuable experience in writing a memo and presenting oral arguments
  • gain considerable experience in international economic law
  • be exposed to the work of the WTO
  • meet and interact with senior WTO law experts and international legal firms
  • last but not least: have fun!


Each member of the John H. Jackson Moot Court team receives an individual grade which reflects his/her written and oral performance.

The written performance is based upon the involvement and contribution in the drafting of the written submissions, the command of written English, the ability to work in a team, and the legal skills demonstrated in the solving of the moot problem. The grade for the oral performance reflects the team member's legal presentation skills, the progress made over the course of time, and the persuasiveness of arguments brought forward and presented before the panels.

Regarding the weighing of the grade received for the participation in the John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition, please refer to the Wegleitung zur Studien- und Prüfungsordnung issued by the University of Lucerne.