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International Roman Law Moot

 

The Ninth International Roman Law Moot Court Competition was held in Vienna from 6 to 9 April 2016, a little over 2,000 years after the Romans fortified the city of Vindobona to guard against invaders from the north. The preliminary and semi-final rounds were held in the Universität Wien’s Juridicum, home of the largest law school in the German-speaking world. The Moot was especially privileged to hold the Small and Grand Finals in Austria’s Verfassungsgerichtshof, the oldest dedicated Constitutional Court in the world. The Moot was sponsored by international law firm Clifford Chance LLP and the Rechtswissenschaftlichen Fakultät of the Universität Wien.

Drawing inspiration from a professor’s chance meeting with Harrison Ford, Peter Paul Rubens’s representation of the Calydonian Boar at Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum and speculation as to the fate of the libraries of the Byzantine law schools in Constantinople and Beirut, the libellus required counsel to engage with the essentially economic delict of corruption of a slave, incidental issues of ecclesiastical manumission and consequential loss, and the obligations arising quasi ex contractu from negotiorum gestio, voluntary but unauthorised administration of another’s affairs.

 

Libellus

Demosthenes et Helena c. Menippum et Alexandrum; Demosthenes c. Jonan

Palma Victoriae

Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

Palma Secunda

University of Cambridge

Palma Tertia

University of Oxford

Palma Optimi Oratoris sive Clifford Chance LLP Best Oralist Award

Sima Simari (Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen)

Mentiones Honorifices

David Subel (University of Cambridge); Karolin Dirscherl (Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen)

Photographs Oxford Law Faculty / Benjamin Spagnolo