The Institute of European and Comparative Law 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 as a competition open only to Oxford students, 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.

The moot is open to both undergraduate and postgraduate students.
For further details, contact Dr Genevieve Helleringer.




French Moot 2017 - Winners

The winning team from the University of Florence with their mentor, judges and sponsors of the Moot.
The 2017 Edition of the Moot was held on 13 March. Twelve teams representing the Universities of Birmingham, Bristol, Cairo, Cologne, Exeter, Florence, Galatasaray, King's College London, Oxford (2 teams), Kiev and University College London debated the Problem which had been set by M. Alain Lacabarats of the Cour de cassation.
The final of the Moot was as won by Corrado Abate and Sara Scarpelli representing the University of Florence. The team was mentored by Dr Antonio Musella. The runners-up were Alexander Kanishchev and Cécile Wirxel representing Oxford University and mentored by Roderic Kermarec.
Congratulations to the winners, runners-up and all the teams who took part.
A report of the day (in French) can be found here.



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2012King's College LondonPhotos and Report 
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