Top L-R: Sushrut and Alex; Bottom L-R: Mihir and Harry

The team representing the University of Oxford won the Best Written Pleadings Award at the Herbert Smith Freehills Competition Law Moot 2022, the world’s top competition law moot hosted by King’s College London (KCL). The moot hearings took place in a hybrid format, with part of the team attending the hearing in-person at KCL's Law Faculty between the 17th and 18th June 2022. The Oxford Law Faculty was represented by Harry Chan (BA Jurisprudence, St Catherine's College), Alex Sze (Law exchange student, St Catherine's College), Sushrut Royyuru (BA Jurisprudence, Magdalen College), and Mihir Rajamane (BA Jurisprudence, Magdalen College).

The moot was modelled on the ongoing appeal before the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in the case of Commission v CK Telecoms UK Investments (Case C-376/20 P), originally triggered by the European Commission's decision to prohibit the merger between Three and O2. The expansive moot problem’s six referred questions concerned cutting-edge debates on: (i) the scope of jurisdiction of the ECJ, (ii) the standard of proof for merger decisions under the EU Merger Regulations (EUMR), (iii) the conditions that must be satisfied to establish the existence of a significant impediment to effective competition (SIEC) under EUMR Art. 2(3), (iv) whether the said impediment must be "significant", (v) whether there is a presumption that all mergers generate "standard efficiencies", and (vi) whether SIEC can be found on contradictory theories.

The competition was judged by over 30 distinguished competition law practitioners and academics from prestigious law firms, enforcement agencies and universities, including Dorothy Livingston (competition, regulation and trade consultant at HSF), Kevin Coates (partner at Covington & Burling), Professor Alison Jones (Vice Dean at KCL), Professor William Kovacic (George Washington University), Jessica Radke (Senior Legal Director of Litigation at the CMA), and John McInnes (Senior Legal Director, Policy & International at the CMA).

Of the 38 teams from 9 jurisdictions which submitted written pleadings, we are proud to announce that Oxford took home the Best Written Pleadings Award.

The team competed against the 12 best teams in the oral rounds, where it was narrowly eliminated by the Quarter-Finalists and Runner-Ups, the University of Hong Kong and King's College London.