Participating in a competitive moot can be one of the most rewarding experiences at law school.  The Common Law Section offers a wide selection of moots covering different subject areas.  While most moots test appellate advocacy skills, others require participants to demonstrate their abilities in trial, arbitration or other settings.  

The moots in the upcoming 2016-2017 academic year are the following:


  • CML3165J  - Arnup Cup (Criminal law – Leading to Sopinka)
  • CML3120J4 - Julius Alexander Isaac Diversity Moot
  • CML3120J5 - BowmanTax Moot
  • CML3140J  - Canadian Corporate/Securities Competition
  • CML3923J - Coupe Laskin/Laskin Moot (Constitutional/Administrative law)
  • CML3120FA - Foreign Direct Investment Moot
  • CML3120WP - ICC Mediation Competition - International Mediation Advocacy Competition
  • CML3120J2 - ICC Criminal Law Moot
  • CML3125J  - National Aboriginal Law Moot: Kawaskimhon "Speaking With Knowledge"
  • CML3142J2 - Harold G. Fox Intellectual Property Moot
  • CML3142W - Oxford International Intellectual Property
  • CML3922J  - Tribunal-école international Philip C. Jessup/Philip C. Jessup International Moot (Public International law)
  • CML3119C - Walsh Negotiation Competition in Family Law (Prof. Rockman to send information in Fall)
  • CML3128W - Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot
  • CML3132J - Willms & Shier Environmental Law Moot
  • CML3127J  - Wilson Moot Competition (Equality s. 15)
  • CML3139J - WTO/ELSA WTO Law Moot


  • CML3514J - Concours Charles-Rousseau (Droit international public)
  • CML3515J - Coupe Guy-Guérin (Droit pénal (Arnup, mais en français) – conduisant à Sopinka
  • CML3524J - Tribunal-école Moncton-Ottawa (Droit privé)

* The Mooting information session will be held Thursday September 15, 2016 @ 11:30 am in FTX 135. This is an opportunity to learn more about our moot program, as well as the subject matter of the moots that are offered. Information on how to tryout for most moots will also be covered at this session.
How to tryout 

If you wish to tryout for one of our moot teams, you must submit an application package (no electronic copies).

To try out for the following moots: Jessup, Vis, Oxford IP and G. Fox IP, ELSA/WTO, Wilson, Arnup/Sopinka, Corporate Securities, Tax, Environment law and BLSAC moot please address your tryout package to Prof. Anthony Daimsis, by Monday September 19, 2016 before 4:30pm at FTX 237.

To try out for the ICC Criminal law moot, address a package to Timothy Radcliffe.

To try out for the following moots: Laskin, Guy Gerin/Sopinka, Rousseau, Moncton, please address your tryout package to Prof. Denis Boivin, by Monday September 19, 2016 before 4:30pm at FTX 237.

If you intend to tryout for both English and French moots, you must submit separate packages following the instructions above.
Packages must include in the following order:

  1. Cover letter indicating the moots for which you will tryout, in order of preference.
  2. CV (resume)
  3. Most recent law school transcript (student copy acceptable)
  4. Writing sample (in language of moot - 2 page max.)
  5. Current class schedule, indicating all class times (start and finish)

Tryouts for English moots will be held Thursday and Friday September 22 & 23. Tryouts for French moots and the Laskin will be held Saturday, September 24. Please note these dates in your calendar as there will be no exceptions. A tryout schedule will be posted on Monday September 19, on both Profs Daimsis (BRS 431) and Boivin's (FTX 379) office doors. You will have until 5pm on Tuesday September 20 to sign up for a time slot.


In 2014, Pat’s doctor explained that within 12-18 months, Pat should expect to become completely incapacitated. In anticipation of this, Pat left written instructions about what level of medical treatment Pat wanted in the event that expressing these wishes verbally became impossible.

In addition to Western medicine, Pat is a firm believer in alternative medicine. The instructions were clear. All possible measures should be taken to keep Pat alive. In particular, Pat was open to any experimental treatment to which Pat’s partner, Riley, agreed. Critically, Pat insisted that Riley continue a ritual that the couple had always practiced each night before going to bed. This ritual found Riley massaging Pat’s neck and caressing Pat’s hair for 30 minutes after Pat fell asleep. The couple believed that this kind of contact led to a more peaceful sleep and a nurturing of Pat’s prana or life-forces.

Today, Pat lies unconscious in the Ottawa General hospital. In accordance with Pat’s written instructions, every night for the past two weeks Riley has been massaging Pat’s neck and caressing Pat’s hair for 30 minutes from 10:30pm to 11:00 pm.  This is roughly at the same time that the couple practiced this ritual when Pat was conscious and the two were living together in their home.

The hospital’s administrator has caught wind of this nightly ritual and has forbidden Riley from continuing this ritual. The hospital’s administrator is not callous; she is merely being cautious since having read the ruling in R v J.A. and is concerned that Riley’s actions may be criminal.

Please prepare a five minute reasoned oral argument either for

(1) Why the Administrator is right to conclude that Riley’s actions are criminal  


(2) Why the Administrator is wrong to conclude that Riley’s actions are criminal.

The only case to which you shall refer is the Supreme Court of Canada’s recent ruling in R v J.A., 2011 SCC 28.


Separate tryout process for the WALSH Family moot:

Walsh Family Law Moot Try Out Process

Upper year students interested in particpating in a moot in the substantive area of family law are invited to apply for the Walsh Family Law Moot. The Walsh Family Law Moot will be held in mid-March in Toronto (date to be determined). Judges will include various members of the judiciary, including the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Justice as well as a number of senior members of the family law bar. 

Most of the written materials for the moot course will be written during the January term with oral practices scheduled for the winter term.

To apply, you must have completed the "Introduction to Family Law Course" by December 2016 and submit the following to Prof Natasha Bakht,, by September 30: 

1) cover letter

2) law school transcripts

3) completed Walsh moot try out problem (to be distributed by email in early September)

4) based on the written materials, some students will also be asked to orally present their arguments (3 minutes) at a later date where judges will ask questions 

For more information contact Prof Natasha Bakht


Walsh moot try out problem

To be posted in August.


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