How can international disputes be resolved in the courtroom rather than on the battlefield? ALL RISE brings this complex question into sharp and personalized focus through the journeys of seven passionate students of law from India, Israel, Jamaica, Palestine, Russia, Singapore, and Uganda to compete in the world championships in Washington, DC, of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition (the “Jessup”), the world’s largest simulated court competition. The “court” is the International Court of Justice (“ICJ”), the judicial arm of the United Nations. Against this backdrop, this moving film lays bare the struggles, triumphs and transformations they experience alone and together.
Diving into these stories, we see seven unique sides of the Jessup story – whether driven by individual competitiveness, the need to overcome personal challenges, cautious optimism as to the role of international law and the ICJ as possible solutions, or the personal motivation to make a difference. But we also see a shared story, as the students overcome unimaginable pressures to persevere in an intensely rigorous competition.