The Institute of European and Comparative Law, University of Oxford, organises the French Law Moot which is held each year, in March, in the Law Faculty. The Moot brings together law students from outside of France who argue, in French, over a problem of French law. It is geared mostly, albeit not exclusively, at students for whom French is a second language and French law a second legal system. This makes the Moot a one of its kind event.

Since its inception in 2008, the Oxford French Law Moot (Concours de plaidoiries en droit français) has grown to become a national, European and then worldwide event, which is made possible through the financial support of Gide Loyrette Nouel, the only international law firm with roots in France. It is also supported by the Association Henri Capitant des amis de la culture juridique française and the Société de Législation Comparée. Each year, the final of the event is judged by a panel consisting of a partner of Gide, a law professor from France and a judge from the Court of Cassation, France’s supreme court in civil and criminal matters (since 2009 this has been Mr Alain Lacabarats).

Photograph of Morgane Cauvin and Paula Fischer
Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Moot, Morgane Cauvin and Paula Fischer from the University of Köln


The next edition of the French Law Moot will be held in 2017. Applications should be made through course co-ordinators who should contact Dr Helleringer for further information.




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