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    Please note that many universities have a staff member responsible for organising their competition entries, and they are likely to be on the mailing list / in touch with organisers of the major UK competitions.

    • English-Speaking Union Essex Court Chambers National Mooting Competition
      Vivienne Thomson, Moot Convenor -
      Or by post: Centre for Speech and Debate, The English-Speaking Union, Dartmouth House, 37 Charles Street, London W1J 5ED, UK
      Telephone: (020) 7529 1550 - Fax: (020) 7495 6108

      The ESU sponsored national mooting competition is the longest running UK national mooting competition with an excellent reputation.

      The web site for the competition: ESU Essex Court Chambers National Mooting Competition, which contains an excellent archive of example mooting problems.

    • OUP National Mooting Competition
      Oxford University Press have teamed up with BPP Professional Education to present the OUP and BPP National Mooting Competition, which has been going from strength to stength. 64 teams entered the competition in 2014.

      Further information and details for entry to the next competition are available by email from (replace [a] with @):[a]

      Alternatively by post: c/o OUP Mooting Competition, Higher Education Department, Oxford University Press, Great Clarendon Street, Oxford, OX2 6DP.

      You can follow the progress of the current competition by visiting the OUP website.

    • The Weekly Law Reports Mooting Competition
      Dan Collacott -
      Mooting competition administrator -
      Or by post: The ICLR - The Weekly Law Reports Mooting Competition, Megarry House, 119 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PP.
      Telephone: 020 7242 6471 - Fax: 020 7831 5247

      This competition is open to undergraduate law students or CPE students, and is run by the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting, with sponsorship from Justis and the Law Society.

      An online entry form for the competition is available here.

      The deadline for 2005/6 applications is 16 October 2005. To qualify for entry each team must submit an original moot problem. A registration fee of £15 is payable for each team. Team members must be undergraduate law students or CPE students. Places in the competition will be allocated on a first come first served basis. There is a maximum of 32 places available and late applicants will be placed on a waiting list.

      The winners' names will be added to the Winners' Shield and each receive a year's subscription to the Law Reports Online, as well as prizes from the competition sponsors. The losing finalists will also receive a year's subscription to the Law Reports.

      Click on the logo below for more information on the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting, publishers of the Weekly Law Reports. The ICLR also publish a regular student newsletter, available from them on request:

    • National Student Law Society Mooting Competition
      email (replace [a] with @): mooting[a]
      The National Student Law Society was formed in March 2013 as a body to represent and promote the interests of those studying law. It aims to assist those who are considering studying law in the UK as well as those interested in converting to become lawyers.

      The NSLS mooting competition runs from November to April of each academic year. Each round of the competition is accompanied by a student pack aimed at facilitating the development of key mooting and public speaking skills. There are also a number of mooting workshops held throughout the year to further develop mooting skills.

      A registration form and further information about the competition and the society's events is available from the NSLS website.

    • Beachcroft Mooting Shield
      email (replace [a] with @): mooting[a]
      The Beachcroft Mooting Shield is a new competition run by law firm Beachcroft. It is based on a group league format, with universities throughout Yorkshire and the North-East competing against each other.

      A team from Leeds Metropolitan University won the Shield in March 2010. Moots are judged by lawyers from both Beachcroft and established barristers' Chambers throughout the north.

      As well as receiving the Beachcroft Mooting Shield, the winning team of students also receive a week's work placement at the firm. A further prize is awarded for the best overall advocate.

      Example problems from the Beachcroft competition are available on our mooting problems page here.

    • Medical Law Mooting Competition
      Dr Tracey Elliott (replace [a] with @): tracey.elliott[a]
      This is an annual competition run by Leicester University which is open to LLB, LLM and GDL students. The moot problem involves issues relating to medical law.
    • London University Mooting Shield (LUMS)
      Daniel E. Jackson, Chairman, email (replace [a] with @): dan.jackson[a]
      Or by post: London Universities Mooting Shield, Bentham House, Endsleigh Gardens, London, WC1H OEG
      The London Universities Mooting Shield (or LUMS) is a common law mooting league competition between (currently) 10 Universities in the greater London area. Each university is represented by the winning team from its own internal mooting competition which ensures a high standard of mooting throughout the competition and into the final.
    • Welsh National Mooting Competition
      Teams from Cardiff Law School, the University of Glamorgan’s Law School, Swansea University Law School, and the Department of Law and Criminology at Aberystwyth University took part in 2009 in this new inter-varsity competition.

    • ELSA Moot Court Competition
      Carol Thompson, ELSA London president, email (replace [a] with @): president[a]; info[a]
      Or by post: ELSA London, c/o The Law School, King's College London, Strand WC2R 2LS
      The ELSA Moot Court Competition is a competition on international trade law. More information is available from the ELSA London web site.
    • Inner Temple Inter Varsity Mooting Competition
      This competition has been running annually since 1999, and a total of 20 universities from around the UK now take part.
    • UK Environmental Law Association Mooting Competition
      Gregory Jones, Prize Moot Organiser -
      Telephone: (020) 7353 8415
      Fax: (020) 7353 7622
      Or by post: 2 Harcourt Buildings, Temple, London EC4Y 9DB
      Full details of this moot, including the rules and problem, are published each December in the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association Law Journal.
    • Palatinate (formerly the Northern Universities Mooting League)
      An intervarsity competition held at Durham University, and organised by Durham students.
    • Inter-Provider Mooting Competition
      A competition between Bar Vocational Course students, organised by students at Nottingham Law School.

    • Alexander Stone Scottish Intervarsity Moot Court Competition
      The Alexander Stone memorial competition is organised annually by a number of Scottish universities.
      Laura McGregor, University of Glasgow School of Law -
    • McKinnell's Lincolnshire Moot - For details email Simon Reed -
    • Robert Wright Mooting Competition
      This competition is held annually between Bar Finals students from around the country, who compete at Lincoln's Inn.

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    International mooting competitions

    There are a number of international competitions open to entrants from UK universities, the two best known of which are:

    • Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
      Zoe Bosomworth, National Assistant Administrator of the Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Competition, email (replace [a] with @): zoe.bosomworth[a]
      Jessup International Administrator, the International Law Students Association -
      Or by post: 25 East Jackson Boulevard, Suite 518, Chicago, Illinois 60604, USA
      Telephone: (001) 202 299 9101 - Fax: (001) 202 299 9102

      Held every year since 1959, the Jessup is the best known international mooting competition, with over 2000 students participating from over 90 countries. The competition is co-ordinated by the International Law Students Association, with sponsorship from a range of organisations.

      Current competition information is available on the ILSA web site here.

    • European Law Moot Court
      Organising Team -
      Telephone: +351 21 793 46 24 - Fax: +351 21 796 60 37
      Or by post: European Law Moot Court Competition, Organizing Team, c/o Faculdade de Direito de Lisboa, Apartado 52103, 1700 Lisboa, Portugal
      The current president of the Organising Team is António Santos.
      This Europe-wide contest has been running annually since 1988, and allows students of European law to meet and compete at mooting. Registration for the competition, together with full details of the rules and key dates are available on the ELMC web site.
    • EMC2 ELSA moot court competition
      Mark Refalo -
      By post: The European Law Students' Association - ELSA International, 239, Bd General Jacques 1050 Brussels, Belgium
      Telephone: +32-2-646 26 26
      Fax: +32-2-646 29 23
      The ELSA Moot Court Competition is a simulated WTO Dispute Settlement where teams represent the different parties and argue their case before a panel of judges (moot panellists) who are all experts in WTO law. Competitors must compete in national rounds (ELSA countries only) and/or regional rounds. Successful teams then proceed to the finals which are held in Geneva at the WTO Headquarters.

      Please see above for details of the UK national competition.

      Details of the case and competition rules as well as application forms can be found on the EMC² website.

    Other competitions include:
    • University of Oxford's Price Media Law Moot Court Programme
      The Price Moot Court Administration -
      Oxford’s Price Moot Court Programme is described as offering a unique opportunity for students, faculty and judges to engage in cutting-edge debates on communications technology and law. Oxford say that the Programme is an exciting opportunity for students and all those involved – either as a team coach, as a judge in the oral rounds, or as a seminar speaker – to be part of a global community of media and ICT law experts, and that it offers a chance to debate contemporary issues in a comparative and practice-oriented perspective, and to begin or refine education and training in media law in a dynamic and diverse environment.
    • Commonwealth Mooting Competition
      Dr Ros Macdonald - Commonwealth Moot Coordinator -
      Telephone: (0061) 738641100
      Fax: (0061) 7 38642121
      This international moot is only open to teams which are invited to compete. Teams from 12 regions of the Commonwealth (Australia, New Zealand, South Pacific, East, West and South Africa, South Asia,(India) and South Asia (Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka), South East Asia, Caribbean, United Kingdom and North America (Canada) are invited to represent their region on the basis of winning the relevant regional competition. The UK representative team each year is the winner in that year of the ESU moot (see above).
    • The Commonwealth Law Students Mooting Competion
      Commonwealth Legal Education Association -
    • The Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot
      Professor Eric E. Bergsten - or
      Telephone and fax: (0043) 1 713-5408
      Or by post: Schimmelgasse 16/14, A-1030 Vienna, Austria
    • The Willem C. Vis (East) International Mooting Competition
      Email: (replace [a] with @): info[a]
      Host university (as at 10/07): Chinese University of Hong Kong School of Law, Bank of America Tower, Central Hong Kong.

      This is a "sister" to the original Willem Vis competition, and uses the same problem and rules. The Vis (East) began in 2003, with 14 law school teams from 8 jurisdictions. Students from any law school are welcome and some schools sent teams to both Willem Vis competitions.

    • Foreign Direct Investment International Arbitration Moot (FDI Moot)
      Competition organiser: [replace [a] with @] admin[a] 
      By post: Center for International Legal Studies, Matzenkopfgasse 19, Salzburg, Austria
      Investor-State Arbitration Moot (bilateral investment treaties, expropriation, FET, etc), held the first weekend of November each year, venues rotates among Boston (2012), Frankfurt (2013), Malibu (2014) and London (2015).

      Teams submit memorials for claimant and respondent with four preliminary rounds of oral hearings and winners advancing to quarters, semis and final.

      Organised by the Center for International Legal Studies, in cooperation with SULS, DIS, PUSL, and KCL.
    • Telders International Law Moot Court Competition
      Telders Organising Office -
      Telephone: 0031 70 302 1070
      Fax: 0031 70 302 1025
      Web site:
      Or by post: P.O. Box 13228, 2501 EE The Hague, The Netherlands

      The Telders Competition allows teams to moot a case between two states before the International Court of Justice. 23 European countries enter a team of four mooters in the competition. The competition takes place at the Peace Palace in the Hague, and is judged by judges from the International Court of Justice, as well as other experts on international law.

    • John Marshall Law School International Moot Court Competition in Information Technology and Privacy Law
      Moot Court Competition Committee, c/o Moot Court Board, The John Marshall Law School, 315 South Plymouth Court, Chicago, Illinois 60604, USA
    • Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition
      Professor Royal C. Gardner -
      Telephone: 001 727 562 7864
      Or by post: Stetson University College of Law, 1401 61st Street South, St. Petersburg, FL 33707-3299
    • Rene Cassin Human Rights Law Mooting Competition
      Association Juris Ludi -
      Telephone : 0033 3 88 37 18 78 - Fax : 0033 3 88 52 19 75
      Or by post: 17 rue de la Haute-Montée, 67000 STRASBOURG (FR)
    • NLS International Arbitration Moot
      An international meeting competition run by the National Law School of India University, Bangalore. The first edition of the moot in 2008 was a success with over 30 Indian and international teams participating. The competition was judged by leading Indian Supreme Court and High Court judges and advocates, as well as international arbitration experts.
    • The "Concours Européen des Droits de l'Homme René Cassin" runs a competition based on the law of the European Court of Human Rights which is open to entrants from other European countries. A good working knowledge of French is useful!
    A rather unusual international competition also runs annually:
    • Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition
      Australasian Lachs Moot Organiser - Ricky J. Lee -
      Telephone: (0061) 262 743 708 - Fax: (0061) 262 743 111
      Or by post: 33/19 Fawkner Street, Braddon ACT 2612, Australia
    A number of national mooting competitions from other countries are listed here.

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