Christ Church student Yun Kei Chow wins prestigious international law prize

Yun Kei Chow in Tom QuadYun Kei Chow, a second-year Law student at Christ Church, was on the winning team from Oxford that triumphed at this year’s prestigious International Roman Law Moot Court competition.

The Competition is held annually between eight European universities, including the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, the Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, the Universität Wien, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, the Université de Liège, the Universität Trier and the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

The issue for the Moot is typically set during the reign of the Emperor Justinian the Great (AD 527–565) and requires each team to argue twice on behalf of the claimant and twice on behalf of the defendant.

Hosted by the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, the 14th International Roman Law Moot Court was held online from 7th - 9th April 2021. This year the competition was set in the former Roman province of Raetia and centred around an expatriate horse breeder’s quarrels with the local population.

Representing the University of Oxford and coached by Dr Joe Sampson, Christ Church’s Yun Kei Chow and Benedict Stanley from St John’s appeared on behalf of the plaintiff horse breeder, while Kacper Kryk (Corpus Christi) and Henry Fahrenkamp (Magdalen) argued for the defendants.

Having also won the competition in 2008 and 2018, the University of Oxford now ranks first among all participating universities for the total number of International Roman Law Moot Court victories.