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Oxford Mooting

The Faculty of Law at Oxford boasts an outstanding mooting programme, offering undergraduate and postgraduate students the opportunity to participate in an extensive range of competitions, both internal and external. These pages contain information on the following competitions:

The Mooting Co-ordinator is Dr James Goudkamp. For any queries or suggestions about mooting, please email mooting@law.ox.ac.uk .

What is mooting?

A moot court competition simulates an appeal hearing, in which participants analyse a problem, research the relevant law, prepare brief written submissions, and present oral argument. Mooting problems are typically designed to promote argument in areas of the law that are unsettled or subject to recent developments. Mooting competitions require competitors to engage with legal issues, and to enhance their skills of legal research and analysis, as well as their skills of persuasive argument, in the formal context of an appellate court. Mooting afford participants the opportunity to develop an understanding of substantive legal principles, to construct and defend legal argument, to collaborate closely with teammates, and to interact with academic staff, practitioners and judges in an environment that is both rewarding and enjoyable.

The short video below includes footage taken at the 2009 Shearman and Sterling LLP University of Oxford Moot Competition and features brief interviews with participants, who explain what mooting is and talk about their experiences mooting in Oxford. (A longer video filmed during the actual competition can be seen on the Shearman & Sterling University of Oxford Moot Competition page.)

AboutMooting (12.28MB).


Mooting News

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Oxford Wins Multiple Awards at UK Jessup National Round

The University of Oxford's team had great success at the UK national round of the Philip C Jessup International Law Moot Court, which took place from February 16th to 19th at Gray's Inn […]

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