Budapest 2017

The following teams participated in the 2017 Friendly in Budapest

  • Albania
  • Austria
  • Cyprus
  • Finland
  • Hungary
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Kosovo
  • Latvia
  • Luxembourg
  • New Zealand
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Serbia

Thank you to all of those who helped make the Friendly possible:

  • ELTE Faculty of Law
  • Dentons
  • All the judges, particularly those who traveled to Budapest to participate
  • Bailiffs

The schedule of the preliminary rounds for the Friendly:

Friday 10 March 2017:

Round 1:         9:00 – 11:00

Round 2:         12:00 – 14:00

Round 3:         15:00 – 17:00

Round 4:         17:30 – 19:30

Saturday 11 March 2017:

Round 5:         9:00 – 11:00

Round 6:         12:00 – 14:00

Each team will argue 4 times during the 6 rounds.

An announcement of the top 2 teams will be made on Saturday at 14:30 in the Aula Magna.

The final round will take place at 15:30, also in the Aula Magna, followed by the reception at Dentons’.

The team orientation on 9 March and all rounds on 10 – 11 March took place at Eötvös Loránd University Faculty of Law, Egyetem tér 1-3.


Dentons has generously agreed to sponsor and host the closing reception and awards for participating teams and judges on Saturday 11 March at its offices at Andrássy út 11.




This Rules Supplement has been promulgated by the Friendly Administrator with the approval of the Executive Director of the International Law Students Association.  Except as modified by this supplement, the Official Rules of the 2017 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition shall apply.

This Supplement shall not preclude the Friendly Administrator from adopting any additional measure before, during and after the 2017 Friendly Rounds, pursuant to Official Rule 1.6.

  1. Administration

The Administrator for the European Friendly 2017 is Roxanna Nazari,

  1. Interpretation of Rules

Should any question arise as to the interpretation of this Rules Supplement, such questions shall be addressed to the Friendly Administrator.  Pursuant to Official Rule 1.7, the Executive Director shall serve as final arbiter of implementation and interpretation of this Rules Supplement.

  1. Location and Dates

The European Friendly 2017 will be held in Budapest, Hungary 9 – 11 March 2017.

  1. Eligibility

A team is eligible to participate in the Friendly only if it is the sole representative of its jurisdiction in participating in the Jessup Competition.  Any questions as to eligibility to participate in the Friendly shall be determined by ILSA.

Teams wishing to participate in the Friendly must register with the Friendly Administrator.

Participation in the Friendly shall not disqualify a team from participating in the International Rounds.

  1. Memorials

Each team shall send an electronic copy of both Applicant and Respondent memorials to the Friendly Administrator on 13 January 2017 or as soon as its participation has been confirmed, which ever date is later.

Memorials shall not be scored for the Friendly.

Memorials shall be distributed to opposing teams and to the relevant oral round judges.

  1. Judges

Judge eligibility shall be determined in the first instance by Official Rule 5, however the Friendly Administrator may make exceptions for current students and team advisors in the best interests of the Friendly.  Pursuant to Rule 5.3, in no instance shall any team advisor have access to the Bench Memorandum.

  1. Bailiffs

Bailiffs may be drawn from the members of participating Teams, although the Friendly Administrator will make other arrangements where possible. Teams will be advised of the necessity to provide bailiffs at the orientation on 9 March 2017. Bailiffs from participating Teams will not handle completed scoresheets.

  1. Preliminary Rounds

Each team shall participate in four oral rounds, twice as Applicant and twice as Respondent.  Pairings shall be determined by a random draw.

  1. Rankings

Teams shall be ranked on the basis of Official Rule 10.8 except that only oral scores from the Preliminary Rounds will be used in determining the rankings.

  1. Final Round

A final round will be held between the top two ranked teams.  A coin toss, called by the first ranked team, shall determine which team has the pleading option.  The team which wins the coin toss will have a maximum of 10 minutes to choose which side it wishes to argue in the final round.

  1. Penalties

The Friendly Administrator has the discretion to apply any penalties relating to the oral rounds pursuant to Official Rule 11.3.

  1. Awards

The members of the team which wins the final round shall receive certificates.

The top five ranked oralists of the Friendly, determined by average score from the Preliminary Rounds, shall receive certificates.  An oralist must argue in at least two rounds for purposes of this ranking.

An award shall be given to the members of the team which best exemplifies the spirit and purpose of the Friendly as voted for by participating teams.  Each team shall have one vote which it cannot bestow upon itself.

Roxanna Nazari                                                                         Lesley Benn

Friendly Administrator                                                            ILSA Executive Director