The 8th Oxford French Law Moot took place on 16 March 2015 at the Faculty of Law of the University of Oxford, followed by a dinner for all participants at Somerville College.  

Mooters, in teams of two, argued, in French, over a problem of French private law relating to having a pet at home – be it a ferret – and to invite friends for sleep over – be they of the opposite sex. The tension and the fun were palpable all day, with 12 teams and their coaches coming from the UK, Italy, Germany, Belgium demonstrating a very high standard of advocacy, control of the French language and engagement with the topic.

The final took place in the Cube lecture theatre. It was judged by a jury superbly presided over by Alain Lacabarats, from the Cour de cassation and included Muriel Fabre-Magnan, Professor of Law at the Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne university and Clothilde Lemarié, a partner from Gide Loyrette Nouel. Lord Mance from the Supreme court offered some comparative insights with witt and elegance.

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Morgane Cauvin and Paula Fischer from Cologne university were awarded the winners' gold medal, presented by the Association Henri Capitant for French Legal Culture. Runners-up were the team from Leuven, and we are proud to report that Oxford university team, thought the youngest participants, made it to the semi-finals.

Geneviève Helleringer