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International Roman Law Moot Court Competition

The International Roman Law Moot Court Competition brings together students and academics from different European jurisdictions and to promote the study of Roman law and the common legal inheritance of Europe.

In teams of four, undergraduate students from eight leading universities – the Universities of Athens, Cambridge, Liège, Naples, Oxford, Trier, Tübingen and Vienna – conduct research and present legal argument on a problem involving complex issues of Roman private law, set during the reign of the Emperor Justinian I. The Moot offers a unique opportunity to debate fundamental concepts of Roman delict, contract and property law, as developed by the Roman jurists and applied by modern courts.

The first five instalments of the Moot were organised under the auspices of the Institute Mohamed Ali for the Research of the Eastern Tradition (IMARET), a non-governmental organisation based in Kavala, Greece, devoted to promoting the common heritage of Mediterranean countries. Under the auspices of the IMARET, the Moot was privileged to stage the Small and Grand Finals in the Justinianic Roman Forum at the archaeological site of Philippi.

The Sixth and Seventh International Roman Law Moot Court Competitions were held in Oxford, at venues in the St Cross Building, All Souls College, Magdalen College and Christ Church.  In April 2015, the Università di Napoli Federico II will host the Eighth International Roman Law Moot Court Competition in Naples.

Participants at the Seventh International Roman Law Moot Court Competition, held in Oxford in April 2014.

This moot is traditionally held in late March or early April, during the Easter vacation. The Seventh IRLM took place during from 5 to 8 April 2014. The Eighth IRLM will likely be held in the week beginning 12 April 2015.

For further details, contact Dr Benjamin Spagnolo at

Sixth IRLM (2013) Report

Useful references: The Roman Law Library

  • This competition is open to undergraduate students.


Eighth International Roman Law Moot

The Eighth International Roman Law Moot Court Competition was held on the Bay of Naples from 15 to 18 April 2015, amidst the splendour of Vico Equense’s Castello Giusso and the evocative grandeur of the Terme Stabiane in the archaeological site of Pompeii – a rare and special privilege secured through the tenacious efforts of hosts Professor Carla Masi Doria, Professor Cosimo Cascione and Dr Natale Rampazzo of the Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II […]

7th International Roman Law Moot

The International Roman Law Moot Court Competition returned to Oxford for its seventh instalment in 2014 […]

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