Oxford IP Moot Court

KSL-No.: 415679
Faculty Sponsor: Prof. Dr. Cyrill P. Rigamonti
Fall 2019: Written Submissions (10 ECTS)
Spring 2020: Oral Rounds at Oxford University (5 ECTS, by invitation only)
Printable Flyer: Oxford IP Moot Course, Fall 2019, University of Bern (PDF, 70KB)







About the Moot Court

The Oxford International Intellectual Property Law Moot involves teams from law faculties around the world and is focused on a different topic of intellectual property law each year.  Students will spend the fall semester authoring written submissions for the competition, improving their writing and research skills in English, conducting in-depth research on the specific intellectual property topic of the moot, and presenting their arguments in class in an on-campus oral round.  Each university can submit only one team, consisting of 2-3 students, for consideration for the Oxford written competition, which selects teams for admission to the oral rounds at Oxford.  If a larger number of students is interested in participating in the written phase, students can participate and earn credit for the fall course, and then the University of Bern team with the best written submission will be the team whose brief goes on to the selection process at Oxford.  Students can sign up individually; teams will be formed during the class.  Oxford will issue invitations to attend the oral rounds to the teams ranked in the top 24 of all written submissions worldwide, and if selected by Oxford, the University of Bern team will travel to the competition at Oxford University in March 2020.  At Oxford, students will have the opportunity to compete against teams from around the world, being judged by distinguished practitioners and actual judges from the U.K. 


Participating students must be enrolled at the University of Bern in the Masters or LL.M. program for both Fall Semester 2019 and Spring Semester 2020 (for LL.M. students, please note that participants are not allowed to have been admitted to the Bar nor licensed to practice in any jurisdiction). Exchange students at the University of Bern are also welcome to participate.  The language of the briefs and oral arguments will be English, but of course, other languages are helpful for conducting research.  Students should have taken or be taking one of Professor Rigamonti's courses on intellectual property law (or an equivalent course at another university), in order to have some basic familiarity with the field.

Students will receive training on how to conduct intellectual property research using common law resources and databases, will improve their written and spoken legal English by drafting two written briefs and two sets of skeleton arguments, will learn courtroom protocol appropriate for the U.K., and will improve their advocacy and public speaking skills.

Important Dates

  • Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 16:15 - Information Session in Uni-S, Room D-004
  • Friday; May 23, 2020,  Sign up via e-mail (details below)
  • September 22, 2020: 16:15, first class meeting (students who have signed up by e-mail will be notified of the exact location)
  • September - November:  Course meetings, times to be announced, including research training, substantive IP law, and English legal writing training
  • mid-November: Deadline for written submissions
  • December 2020: The best team’s written submission will be turned in to Oxford for consideration.
  • Mid-January 2021: Oxford will announce which teams made it through to the oral rounds
  • February - March 2021: Spring course and preparation for the oral rounds (if admitted)
  • March 2021: If invited by Oxford, the University of Bern team will travel to Oxford to compete

Signing Up

If interested, send an e-mail (in English) explaining your motivation, along with a short CV and grades (Notenblatt) to iplaw@iwr.unibe.ch by May 23, 2020.

Previous Teams

Team Bern 2019

Left: The University of Bern team at the Oxford International Intellectual Property Moot, from left to right, Angela Thomas, Laurianne Junod, and Cyril Dörfler. - Right: The University of Bern team with moot judges, Catherine Ng (University of Aberdeen), Aled Richards-Jones (Carpmaels & Ransford), and the team from the London School of Economics Law Faculty, after a round of competition.

Team Bern 2018

Left: The University of Bern team at the Oxford International Intellectual Property Moot, from left to right, Gaelle Frischknecht, Amina Cherni, and Ramona Hagnauer. - Right: The University of Bern team with moot judges Tom Rivers (The British Literary and Artistic Copyright Association), Catriona Smith (Rouse Legal), and Peter Damerell (Powell Gilbert) and the University of Hidayatullah National Law team, India, after a round of competition.

Team Bern 2016

Left: The University of Bern team at the Oxford International Intellectual Property Moot, from left to right, Nagua Atia, Inari Marttila, and Katherina Kreter. - Right: The University of Bern Team with moot judge, Rowan Freeland (Simmons & Simmons), and the University of Hong Kong team after their first round of competition.