THE FILM

Two nations take their matter to the International Court of Justice. They have a hard-fought argument over a mass surveillance program, terrorism, and a whistle-blower. What sounds like recent reality of the spying scandal concerning Edward Snowden is a fictional setting, grounding the most important competition in international law, the Jessup Moot Court. Four young students from LMU Munich, Germany embark on the challenge of tackling these pressing legal issues of our time and of defending their nation as lawyers in front of top-class legal professionals. They fight from round to round to reach the prestigious finals in Washington where the best universities from around the world meet.

Frederico Frost, a top agent of Riesland’s intelligence service, hands over gigabytes of data to neighbouring Amestonia’s press, which prove the mass surveillance of Amestonia and its citizens by Riesland. The subsequent diplomatic crisis brings the two nations directly before the International Court.
This fictional case, inspired by the Edward Snowden scandal, is the setting for the Jessup Moot Court, the world championship in international law. About 150 teams of the world’s best universities gather at this tournament to compete as lawyers for the two nations. In simulated trials, the teams have to find loopholes,
persuade top judges, and checkmate their competitors rhetorically in filled court rooms.
Four young students from Munich CELIA (22), MAHJA (20), NINA (21) and CLEMENS (20), have registered for this legendary competition. They have a few weeks to become experts on mass surveillance and cyber law to be able to convincingly represent a whole nation in court.
Will they be able to overcome sleep deprivation and blackouts to become a team that can beat the best universities of the world in this championships to reach the renowned finals in Washington?