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The 2018 Oxford Roman Law Moot team - (L-R) Alexandra Varga, Professor Wolfgang Ernst, Niamh Herrett, Tim Koch, Daniel Schwennicke, and Andrew Dixon

Law students win International Roman Law Moot

April 2018

Two Merton second-year undergraduates and an alumnus, together with a Jesus College student, have won the 11th International Roman Law Moot Court Competition.

The team - Niamh Herrett (2016), Andrew Dixon (2016), Daniel Schwennicke (2012), and Tim Koch (Jesus, 2016) - was supported by Professor Wolfgang Ernst, Regius Professor of Civil Law and a Fellow of All Souls, on substantive legal issues, and were coached by Alexandra Varga (St Cross, 2017).

The mooters learned about the complexities of two legal proceedings in Roman law; rei vindicatio - a legal action by which the plaintiff demands that the defendant return a thing that belongs to the plaintiff - and actio de incendio, ruina, naufragio, rate, nave expugnate - an action arising from aggravated theft involving fire, collapse of a house, shipwreck, or the capture of a boat or ship.

This year's competition was organized by Dr Benjamin Spagnolo, a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, and Professor Jean-François Gerkens of the University of Liège; it was held in the Belgian cities of Eupen and Liège, which enabled the participants to also enjoy a day out to the German-speaking Community's parliament in Eupen, and to a chocolate factory.

Photo: The 2018 Oxford Roman Law Moot team - (L-R) Alexandra Varga, Professor Wolfgang Ernst, Niamh Herrett, Tim Koch, Daniel Schwennicke, and Andrew Dixon - courtesy of the University of Oxford Faculty of Law