6th Annual University of Oxford / Gide Loyrette Nouel French Law Moot

14 Mar, 2013

On Monday 11 March 2013, the University of Oxford held its French Law Moot for the 6th year running, sponsored by the international French law firm Gide Loyrette Nouel.  The competition brought together teams from the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Birmingham and Warwick, University College London, King’s College London and, from further afield, Complutense University of Madrid, the University of Florence and the University of Cologne. 

The moot, or concours de plaidoiries, this year considered an issue of French employment law with the added element of an employee’s right to privacy and was judged by a variety of highly respected French legal professionals and academics. 

The panel overseeing the final was chaired by M Alain Lacabarats, the president of the Social Division of the Cour de Cassation, French Supreme Court.  He was assisted by:

Mme Françoise Kamara, conseiller in the Civil Division of the Cour de Cassation

Mme Dominque Fenouillet, professor at the Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas and director of the Institute for Legal Sociology

M Philippe Stoffel-Munck, professor of private law at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Me Rupert Reece (pictured), partner with the International Dispute Resolution team at Gide Loyrette Nouel

Interestingly, M Lacabarats confessed that it was not at all clear how the matter should be decided given the facts and that it was therefore down to the dexterity of each side’s counsel to convince the court of their client’s case.

The winning team from UCL, Micol Flegenheimer and Lara Levet, each won an internship with the firm.

Rupert Reece, partner and judge said: “The standard of advocacy was particularly high this year. It was very impressive to see students from such a wide variety of legal and cultural backgrounds attacking a really challenging topic of French law and doing it all in French.”

Dr Geneviève Helleringer,fellow of St Catherine’s college and organiser of this year’s moot for the Institute of European and Comparative Law (University of Oxford) said: “Engaging with French law through practical sessions such as this, helps students better understand the French legal culture and, at the same time, the participants’ various domestic legal cultures too. When young lawyers from across Europe engage in practical, theoretical and social conversations, they help to contribute to the development of a more vivid European legal culture. ”

Paula McMullan, Graduate Recruitment Manager with the firm’s London office said: “The Oxford moot is an exceptional opportunity for the firm to showcase the training experience it offers to young lawyers, as well as to highlight our commitment to helping students develop their legal skills before joining the profession.”

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