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 2019-2020 academic year are selected from the following list and will be announced during the moot information session. Budgetary restraints means we may not participate in all of the listed moots every year: content is subject to change


  • CML3165J  - Arnup Cup (Criminal law – Leading to Sopinka)
  • CML3120J3 - Walsh Family Law Moot (Profs. Bakht and Gruben to send information in Fall)
  • 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
  • CML3120J200 - ICC Criminal Law Moot
  • CML3125J  - National Aboriginal Law Moot: Kawaskimhon "Speaking With Knowledge"
  • CML3142J2 - Harold G. Fox Intellectual Property Moot
  • CML 3142W3 - Intellectual Property Advocacy: Copyright Policy-making Moot
  • CML3142F100 - Oxford International Intellectual Property
  • CML3922J  - Tribunal-école international Philip C. Jessup/Philip C. Jessup International Moot (Public International law)
  • CML3119D - 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)
  • CML3520 HA - Concours Michel Bastarache (Droits linguistiques)

This year's Mooting information session will take place on September 6, 2019 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.. 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.


General moots tryout

Laskin, Guy Guerin, Charles-Rousseau, Moncton, Bowman, Corporate Securities, WTO, Wilson.

How to tryout

If you intend to tryout for both English and French moots, you must submit separate English and French packages (if you intend to apply to both English and French moots) following the instructions.

Tryout packages must be left at FTX 237 date to be determined. English moot tryout packages (WTO, Bowman, Corporate Securities, Wilson) must be clearly addressed to Prof. Anthony Daimsis and French moot tryout packages (Laskin - bilingual moot, Guy Guerin, Charles-Rousseau, Moncton) must be clearly addressed to Prof. Denis Boivin.

We do not accept electronic submissions.
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 (course name and code), indicating all class times (start and finish)

We intend to hold tryouts on September 12, 13 and 14 location to be determined. We make no exceptions and no make-up times. We will post sign up sheets early September. You may not reserve spots in advance. Sign up sheets for this year's English moots can be found on Prof. Daimsis's office door (Brooks 431).

General Moot tryout problem - coming soon!


Walsh Family Law Moot (2019-2020)

Upper year students interested in participating 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 March 2020 (exact date to be determined) at Osgoode Hall in Toronto. 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. 

The Walsh Moot is a January term course. Most of the written materials for the moot will be written during the January term with oral practices scheduled for the winter term. 

Please note: The Walsh Moot is a separate course/event from the Walsh Negotiation Competition, which is coached by Prof Lynn Rockman.

To apply for the Walsh Moot, you must have completed the "Introduction to Family Law Course" by December 2019 and follow the general moot tryout process.

Walsh Negotiation Competition - CML 3119D (2019-2020)

The Walsh Negotiation Competition is a province-wide negotiation competition in family law. The competition will be held in mid-March 2020 at the Law Society in Toronto. 

The Walsh Negotiation Competition is a three-credit winter term course. During the winter term, selected students train extensively with Professor Rockman and local members of the bar. The course ends in mid-March after the competition.

Try-outs for the Walsh Negotiation competitive team will take place on a Saturday in late October/early November 2019 via a local negotiation competition run by Professor Rockman and sponsored by Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (the “BLG Negotiation Competition”). Most students will compete in pairs however, depending on numbers and schedule changes, some students will compete individually. Winners are selected individually. 

Students interested in trying-out for the Walsh Negotiation Competition should submit the following to Professor Rockman by email at by Friday, October 4th at 6 pm:

1. Résumé;

2. Law school transcript (student copy acceptable);

3. Indication that you have taken, or are enrolled in the 2019-2020 academic year, in any one of the following: an upper-year dispute resolution course including a negotiation or mediation course; Interviewing CML3313; Introduction to Family Law CML2305; Intro. Droit de la Famille CML2705; Dispute Resolution in Family Law CML3391 or otherwise, with the permission of Professor Rockman.

Students will receive a return email approximately three weeks prior to the try-outs with the Fact Pattern (General and Confidential Facts) and partner’s name, if any. Students may request a particular partner and every effort will be made to accommodate the request. 

For more information, email Professor Rockman at


Arnup Cup

The deadline to register for the Arnup Cup try out is to be determined. Please consult the following documents for additional information on the try out. Questions might be addressed to Tony Paciocco at


Other moots

Tryouts for Family law moots, Arnup, Aboriginal law, WTO and ICC international criminal law moots will take place separately. Look out for this information in your inbox and Dictum.

For the WTO/ELSA moot, please first send an email of interest to to arrange a tryout spot.

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