Oxford Comparative Moot in German Law

The Oxford Comparative Moot in German Law at the Institute of European and Comparative Law (IECL) is a unique competition for law students in Oxford to hone their comparative legal skills by advising on German Law in English. It is organised by Dr Johannes Ungerer, Erich Brost Lecturer in German Law and EU Law at Oxford.

Oxford undergraduate law students reading for the BA in Law with German Law, who will be spending their third year of study at the University of Munich or Bonn, participate in this moot together with exchange students from these German universities, who are in Oxford reading for the Diploma in Legal Studies. The teams are given a comparative case study, which requires them to inform an English client about a German legal issue. To recognise the participants’ work, they will receive certificates and have the chance to win prizes. The event culminates in a celebratory reception and dinner, which provides an opportunity for the participants and other German law students in Oxford to network with practitioners and academics.

Inaugural Oxford Comparative Moot in German Law 2023

The inaugural Oxford Comparative Moot in German Law took place at the Faculty of Law on Thursday 2nd February 2023. It was funded by a generous donation from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater PartG mbB.

The panel of the inaugural moot was chaired by Lord Mance, former Deputy President of the UK Supreme Court. He was joined by Dr Alice Möller-Roth from Freshfields and by Dr Johannes Ungerer. 

The moot addressed a cross-border contract law problem between a car manufacturer in Oxford and a German supplier. 

2024 Oxford Comparative Moot in German Law

The second Oxford Comparative Moot in German Law will take place on Thursday 22nd February 2024 (Hilary Term Week 6), 4 pm, building on the successful inception last year. The event has been made possible again by a generous donation from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater PartG mbB.

The moot panel will be chaired this year by Professor Iyiola Solanke. She will be joined by a representative from Freshfields and by Dr Ungerer. Freshfield partner, Dr Martin Mekat, and his colleagues will be attending the moot as well.

The moot concerns a fictional consultation by the Law Commission on the legal framework for alternative dispute resolution (ADR) between businesses and consumers in the UK, for which insights from German law are invited. The facts and questions of the case study can be accessed here (Oxford SSO required).

If you would like to attend, please email Dr Ungerer.