Mooting problems

Writing a mooting problem

Writing a good mooting problem is quite an art. Fear not. MootingNet have put together a user-friendly guide to writing a mooting problem and it is available here.

Example problems

If you don't want to write your own problem, here are some prepared earlier.

The problems are sorted by legal area, and most are available both as Portable Data Format (PDF) files, with some also available in HTML. We recommend that you use the PDF files wherever possible. More information on viewing / printing PDF files is available here.

The problems available in PDF format below may be freely reproduced for use in mooting competitions provided they are used in the form provided on this site.

Important notes

Users of the problems below should be aware of the following:

1. Changes in law: mooting problems may become less challenging following a change in the relevant law. Use the more recent mooting problems where possible. The date on which the problem was added to MootingNet is given after the PDF link for more recently added problems. 

2. The Supreme Court: from October 2009, the Supreme Court replaced the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords as the highest court in the United Kingdom. The majority of the problems below pre-date this change, and therefore references to the House of Lords should be taken to mean the Supreme Court.

3. The problems below have been categorised by MootingNet, but this is for ease of use only and should not be taken to indicate that any legal arguments should only relate to the category heading.

Contract law

Criminal Law


Employment law

  • David v Golliath Water - (PDF) 2011
  • Lorraine v Fly TV - (PDF) 2011
  • Roy v Melchester Rovers - (PDF) 2010

Environmental Law

Human rights

  • Andrew Browne v. Dr Barneys - (PDF)
Property Law

Public and constitutional law

Negligence and tort

Trusts

Other problems available online:

England and Wales

International law
  • The Jessup International Law Moot Court competition problems are available online at the ILSA web site

MootingNet is extremely grateful to the English Speaking Union, Daniel Jackson of the London Universities Mooting Shield, Dan Collacott at the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting, Rory O'Connell of Lancaster University, Lynne Townley, and Suve Banerjee at DAC Beachcroft LLP for supplying the above problems, and to the authors who have agreed to MootingNet making the problems available.

Submissions of additional problems are always very welcome. Where not specified, MootingNet would be happy to credit the original authors of the above problems on request.

Last updated: 19/05/12

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