International Talmudic Moot Court Competition


The term moot finds its origins in Anglo-Saxon times, when a moot was a meeting between people of relevance within a community to discuss issues of local importance. Today, the world’s most prestigious law schools hold Moot Court Competitions (MCC) to train their students in the art of oral debate. MCCs are replicas of a real oral trial, where there is a jury and two counterparts who file and defend their case to convince the jury to rule in their favor.

The ITMCC is an International League that organizes debate competitions where participants (children, youths and adults, in separate categories) must design and communicate the best possible arguments about a legal or philosophical case proposed by a jury. The case will be drawn from a Talmudic tale/fragment. Participants must defend a position, abide by a set of rules, and follow (or challenge) the line of reasoning that the Talmud offers in that particular fragment under discussion.

The winning team is the one that offers the jury the (i) clearest (ii) better founded; (iii) most creative; and (iv) better communicated arguments. Those are the specific categories that the Jury shall examine.

Debates are oral and live.