Selection process for several of the big moots released...


A City team won this moot in 2014 - but we've not managed it since. This might be the year!

Our selection problem for the European Human Rights Moot is as follows:

You are acting as counsel for the applicants, Ms Iris Fiori, Mr Peter Fiori, and Ms Chloe Fiori, in proceedings brought before the European Court of Human Rights. Write a brief skeleton argument (1000 words) setting out grounds in support of the submissions that (i) Zephyria’s military operation of 2 September 2015 violated Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights, and (ii) the applicants were denied access to an effective remedy under Article 13.

You can find this year's case on the competition website.

Submission: Please send onto Emily (Director of Mooting) by 09:00 on 7th October.

BPTC/LPC students - I have enquired again (as I do every year) and the organising committee have now agreed that BPTC and LPC students are eligible to join a team. So please apply!
Open to LLB/GELLB/GDL and LLM too




The most prestigious international EU law moot court competition – it takes place every year and dozens of universities, mainly from Europe and the United States, participate.

The competition has three stages:

  • Teams make written submissions;
  • Successful teams plead in one of the four regional finals that take place in different locations in Europe (and sometimes the United States);
  • The winners of the four regional finals plead at the final in Luxembourg before Judges and Advocates General of the European Court of Justice.


You may find more information about the competition here:


City Law School has participated regularly, though not every year. In fact, the City team won in 2017.


You may find this year’s case via the competition website.

It is particularly rich and interesting, covering ritual animal slaughter (raising issues about the internal market and fundamental rights), daylight saving time (ditto), and Brexit (regarding  Article 50 TEU, as well as taxation).


The moot requires serious time commitment, especially between now and the written submissions deadline (25th November), as well as close to and during the regional finals  (February 2020) and the overall final (April), if we get there, that is.

The moot is also rewarding and fun – it teaches participants a lot about EU law, litigation and procedure, and is prestigious (not least because the finals take place in the CJEU).

Knowledge of French would be an asset – bilingualism in practice is rewarded with extra points and, typically, teams that do well include students with a good command of French.


We shall choose the members of this year’s team on the basis of the following process.

(i) Students interested in participating should submit a skeleton argument for either the applicant or the respondent for Question 1.

Skeleton arguments should be a page long ideally and, in any case, no longer than two pages. In order to give you an idea of what it should look like at this early juncture, have a look at two skeleton arguments written by two members of a City team who participated a few years ago.

Please email your skeleton argument to by no later than 18:00 Wednesday 9 October. We aim to get the team to meet on 14 October (giving them six weeks until the deadline for submission of written pleadings).

(ii) You should also submit their CV (indicating clearly their knowledge of French).


We appreciate that some of you may only have just started familiarising yourselves with EU law. This exercise may, therefore, seem quite daunting. Please do not let this put you off. Our assessment will be based on your level of knowledge at this juncture. There is another advantage at drawing on this year’s case for the selection process:  we ensure that you already have a start on the problem question which will help your drafting of the submissions.

You will not be on your own during your preparation for the competition. We shall bring in  past participants whose experience and insights will be invaluable. We shall help train you and prepare for both the written and oral stages.

Emily Allbon -

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