Founded in 1972 as the Observer Moot, the ESU-Essex Court Chambers National Mooting Competition, organised by the English-Speaking Union and sponsored by Essex Court Chambers, is the largest and oldest of its kind in the United Kingdom.

The competition involves knock-out rounds held throughout the academic year and hosted by competing universities across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The Semi-Finals and Final are held in London in June. In addition to other prizes awarded, the winning team receives the prestigious Silver Mace.

The eligible undergraduate team that is placed highest in the previous year's Shearman & Sterling University of Oxford Moot Competition is offered the option of representing Oxford in the ESU-Essex Court Chambers National Mooting Competition.


For further details, contact the Mooting Programme at mooting@law.ox.ac.uk

  • This competition is open to undergraduate students.

See the External mooting competitions team selection policy