Faculty of Law

HSE Law Students Continue to Give Top Performances at International Competitions

HSE’s memorials at the Jessup rank among the top 10 internationally for the third year in a row.

HSE Law Students Continue to Give Top Performances at International Competitions

On April 25, 2020, the online awards ceremony of the Jessup 2020 competition aired from Washington D.C. HSE’s memorials were awarded 7th place out of more than 700 teams competing worldwide and 150 teams that qualified for the international rounds. Last year, HSE won first place globally for the best memorial (and was the first Russian team in the history of the competition to do so), and a year earlier, the HSE team placed sixth.

In February 2020, the HSE team successfully participated in the Jessup Russian Rounds, ranking as Russia’s vice-champion out of more than 30 teams that were competing. This April, the HSE team was supposed to go to Washington D.C. to compete at the international rounds representing Russia.

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, oral rounds in Washington D.C. were cancelled. Nevertheless, the competition’s judges, experts in international law (representatives of the International Court of Justice, professors of leading universities, and practitioners at major international law firms) graded written memorials of the competing teams remotely.

This year's HSE Jessup team members are Matvei Tarasov (1st year master’s student in Law of International Trade, Finance and Economic Integration); Adam Nalgiev (2nd year master’s student in Corporate Law); Elena Naumova (2nd year master’s student in Corporate Law); Daria Bukreeva (3rd year bachelor's student); and Alexander Kozhedub (3rd year bachelor's student). The team’s coaches this year included Gayane Gulyan (HSE alumna, 2018); Emil Shagiakhmetov (HSE alumnus, 2014); Anastasia Rozeeva (HSE alumna, 2016, and current Ph.D. student).

According to the team and the coaches, this will be remembered not only for the cancellation of the international rounds in Washington D.C., but also for a pesky technical penalty received on by the team’s respondent’s memorial which deprived the team of 2nd place in the overall international memorial ranking.

Nevertheless, such mistakes only fuel the team’s competitive energy and ambitious plans for the future. 'We will aspire to secure a leading position in all aspects of the competition, both in terms of memorial writing and oral advocacy.'

We invite all interested students to participate in the team selection for the 2020-2021 season. All details are available here: https://vk.com/hsejessup. Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions regarding the competition and the team selection at jessupcup@inbox.ru. All information about the HSE Jessup team is available at https://vk.com/hsejessup and https://www.facebook.com/hsejessupteam/.


The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious mooting event for law students across the globe. The competition has been held annually since 1959 in English and in the form of a moot court modelling the proceedings before the International Court of Justice, the UN’s chief judicial body. Each year around 3000 students from over 700 law schools and 100 countries participate in the competition.

The Jessup competition involves a fictitious case between two states regarding issues of international law (for more details, see https://www.ilsa.org/about-jessup/). Teams compete in memorial writing preparing positions both for the Applicant and the Respondent, and oral advocacy. International rounds are held annually in Washington D.C. (USA).