• Langdell 272, Kirkland and Ellis Classroom (map)
  • Harvard Law School
  • Cambridge, MA 02138

Photo credit: United Nations Photo, “Official Judgment of the International Court of Justice,” (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).


This two-session exercise will put students in the shoes of a judge of the World Court (also known as the International Court of Justice), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. Under tight time pressure, students will be required to answer, as part of a team, one of the three potential international law questions by assessing the relevant facts, by identifying relevant portions of international law, and by interpreting the facts in light of the law as well as relevant institutional and policy considerations. 

We will aim to send background materials to participants a week before the first session. No academic or professional credit will attach to participation in the prototype. 


  • Monday, November 3rd at 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and
  • Monday, November 10th at 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Kirkland and Ellis Classroom, Langdell 272, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA 02138. 


We ask that students commit at least to eight hours in total: 

  • One to two hours of pre-session 1 prep time;
  • Two hours each for session 1 and session 2; and 
  • Four hours between session 1 and session 2 to undertake associated research, analysis, and collaboration with assigned team members. 


Registration for this event is closed.