This year we will hold a virtual moot information session, time and date TBD. Please return to this site in late August for all updates.
We have every intention of running our world-class mooting program for 2020-21, but at this time we wait to hear from different moot competitions to know if they intend to hold a moot. We will continue to update this page as information is made available to us.
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 2020-2021 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
ENGLISH MOOTS and BILINGUAL MOOTS
- 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 (postponed for 2020-21)
- CML 3520 - Competition Law Moot
- 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 (postponed 2020-21)
- 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)
- CML3520 - Droit de la Concurrence
This year's Mooting information session will take place Friday, September 6, 2019 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in room FSS 1006 (not Fauteux). 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
The tryouts on Sept 12-14 are for the following teams. Look out for separate announcements for other moots:
Competition Law (English language team)
Walsh Family Law Moot
French language moots, including Laskin and French language competition law team
ICC Criminal Law moot
Arnup Moot (Sopinka)
Bowman Tax Moot
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.
We do not accept electronic submissions.
Packages must include in the following order:
- Cover letter indicating the moots for which you will tryout, in order of preference.
- CV (resume)
- Most recent law school transcript (student copy acceptable)
- Writing sample (in language of moot - 2 page max.)
- Current class schedule (course name and code), indicating all class times (start and finish)
Please bring two copies of your tryout package with you to the tryout. No envelopes. And you must staple all documents in one bundle.
We intend to hold tryouts on September 12, 13 and 14 in the IAN Scott Courtroom. We make no exceptions and no make-up times. We will post sign up sheets early September. Sign up sheets for this year's English moots can be found on Prof. Daimsis's office door (Brooks 431).
Tryouts for French-language moots, including the Laskin Moot, will take place September 21, 2019.
For the Laskin, Rousseau, Bastarache, Moncton-Ottawa and Guérin and French language competition law moots: please drop-off your try-out packages (2 copies) no later than Wednesday, September 18 at 4:00 PM in room Fauteux 374 (Jocelyne Bélanger). Professor Boivin will post a sign-up sheet on his door (FTX 379) on Thursday, September 19 at 9:00 AM and you will have until 4:00 PM to select one of the available time slots. Tryouts will take place Saturday, September 21 between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM.
General Moot tryout problem for 2020-2021:
To come late August.
International Criminal Court Moot (2019-2020)
The ICC Moot team will compete in the Regional Round of the Americas at Pace University in White Plains, New York in mid-March 2020. If the team qualifies to represent Canada, and subject to available funding, the team will compete in the International Round at Leiden University in The Hague in early-June 2020. More information is available at: http://iccmoot.com.
To try-out for the team, please email an expression of interest by Wednesday, September 11 at 4:30pm to the coach: email@example.com. Please attach your CV and briefly summarize your exposure to ICL and PIL. All candidates will receive an email later that evening to choose a time-slot on Sunday, September 15 (and, if necessary, on Monday, September 16). All candidates will be asked to deliver a five-minute argument addressing any of the three issues on appeal: http://iccmoot.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/ICCMCC-2020-Problem-Final.pdf.
The coaches of the John Jackson WTO Moot team will be holding try-outs on Friday afternoon. These are meant to be informal so the content of your presentation is less important than your presentation style and how you organize your thoughts.
Please contact coaches Kevin and Dean to arrange a specific time slot. Try outs will take place in Room FTX 315 from 2:30 pm to 5pm, Friday September 13, 2019.
The issue that the coaches would like you to address is as follows:
The international trading system is besieged by problems positioned in a much wider geopolitical context. As a result, many WTO Members are taking matters into their own hands by unilaterally adopting trade-restrictive measures. Current examples include the United States’ increase in tariffs on the importation of aluminum and steel due to national security concerns and retaliatory tariffs imposed by its trading partners, the imposition of high tariffs on goods from China due to unfair trade practices (i.e. subsidies, lack of protection for intellectual property protection, currency manipulation) or even trade sanctions imposed against States for their foreign policy decisions (i.e. Saudi Arabia and other Gulf States cutting economic ties with Qatar due to their Middle East policy, sanctions on Russia in the light of its invasion of Ukraine). A big challenge for the rules-based international trading system, at least at the multilateral level with respect to the World Trade Organization, is whether such unilateral measures can be tolerated.
For 10 minutes, we would like you to present arguments about whether unilateral trade measures can be supported by the WTO rules and the dispute settlement system. You don’t need to prepare for your discussion with references to specific WTO provisions or jurisprudence but a general familiarity with how the WTO system preserves multilateralism while permitting the unilateral exercises of sovereign power would be a useful basis upon which to structure your arguments. Feel free to make reference to any of the examples mentioned above or use your own current or historical examples.
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 on March 7th 2020 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 Saturday November 2nd 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 Lynn.Rockman@uOttawa.ca by Friday, October 4th at 6 pm:
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 Lynn.Rockman@uOttawa.ca.
BLG Negotiation Competition – November 2nd
To register for the BLG Negotiation Competition in Family Law, submit the following by email to Professor Rockman by October 4th at 6pm: cover letter, résumé, and unofficial law school transcripts. You are eligible to register if you have taken, or are enrolled in, an advocacy, negotiation, mediation, interviewing or family law course or otherwise with the permission of Professor Rockman.
Winners of the BLG Negotiation Competition represent our school at the province-wide competition (“Walsh Negotiation Competition”) in Toronto on March 7th and receive three credits in winter term.
For more information, contact Professor Rockman at Lynn.Rockman@uottawa.ca.
The deadline to register for the Arnup Cup try out is October 9th 2019 at 4:00pm. Please consult the following documents for additional information on the try out. Questions might be addressed to Tony Paciocco at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Instructions for the Arnup Try out (4 pages)
- The Try Out Problem itself, TAB A (12 pages)
- A Sample Closing Address to the Jury by the Crown, TAB B (11 pages)
- A Sample Closing Address to the Jury by the Defence, TAB C (13 pages)
OTLA 2020 cup
On March 7, 2020, a uOttawa team will participate in the annual Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA) moot.
The competition involves the trial of a civil action and features opening and closing arguments, examination-in-chief and cross-examination of witnesses. The moot team is comprised of two counsel and one witness. All team members must memorize their materials. The competition is conducted entirely in English and held in Kingston, Ontario.
Travel, accommodation and meal expenses are, within reason, covered by the moot.
To apply, send an email of interest to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 4 p.m. Please attach a copy of your resume, a writing sample (2-page maximum), and unofficial transcript, saved into a single PDF file labeled as follows: Last-name, First-name.
An oral tryout will be held at Equilibrium Law on Friday, January 30, 2020 starting at 5:00 p.m. Students who submit an application will receive further instructions and be given an issue to present on for 5 minutes.
The Moot is open to all upper-year common law students at the University of Ottawa. Eligible students will be enrolled in a 3 units spring term moot for their participation.
In addition to the Walsh Negotiation and Arnup moots, we will announce which moots will hold separate tryouts during the mooting information session, but the majority of moots will follow the general moot tryout.