The Gibson Dunn-OSCOLA Commercial Law Moot is a biannual mooting competition organised by the Oxford Society for Commercial Law (OSCOLA) and sponsored by Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, a leading City law firm. The Moot focuses on issues of commercial law and competitors have the opportunity to demonstrate a keen grasp of commerciality in front of eminent judges from Gibson Dunn.
Applicant teams submit skeleton arguments in response to a moot problem centred on commercial law. The top eight teams (selected on the basis of their written submissions) proceed to the preliminary oral rounds. In the preliminary oral rounds, each team moots once as either the Appellant or Respondent and the top four teams proceed to the semi-final.
The final round of the moot is judged by lawyers from Gibson Dunn and the winning team and runners up win £200 and £100 respectively. Previous judges of the Moot include The Rt. Hon. Lord Falconer of Thornton QC (former Lord Chancellor and current Shadow Attorney General) and Penny Madden QC (Co-Partner-in-Charge of the London office and Co-Chair of the International Arbitration Practice Group).
- This competition is open to all Oxford students (law and non-law, undergraduate and postgraduate).
- This competition usually runs in Michaelmas Term and Trinity Term each year.