Davies’ Annual Corporate/Securities Law Moot

The Corporate/Securities Law Moot is the only moot court competition in Canada focused exclusively on corporate and securities law. It provides an opportunity for top students from Canadian law schools to debate current legal issues in corporate and securities law with senior practitioners from Toronto law firms and corporations, regulators from the Ontario Securities Commission, and judges.

Participants moot an appeal in a corporate or securities case before a mock Supreme Court of Canada. The problem is issued in the form of the fictional lower court or tribunal decision that forms the basis for the appeal. The problem is usually modeled after cutting-edge corporate or securities law decisions of the Ontario Securities Commission, Ontario Court of Appeal, or other courts.

Approximately 10 law schools participate each year. Teams must submit an appellant’s and respondent’s factum. Each pair of mooters argues twice during the competition – once for the appellant and once for the respondent. The rounds are judged by three-member panels comprising members of the judiciary, securities regulators, and leading corporate and securities law practitioners. The final round, featuring teams from the top two law schools, is judged by a five-member panel usually consisting of members of the Ontario Court of Appeal, top officials of the Ontario Securities Commission, and often members of the Supreme Court of Canada or other prominent appellate courts.

What You Need to Know

  • This is a corporate/securities law moot
  • The moot is usually on the first weekend of March at the Federal Court in Toronto

Teams

  • The team is comprised of four oralists and one researcher
  • Interested students should apply through the upper year consolidated mooting tryouts

Credits/Courses

  • Team members receive three graded credits for their participation, which will be applied in the Winter term
  • Team members are required to enroll in the Appellate Advocacy Workshop, and will receive two credits for their participation, which will be applied in the Fall term
  • Team members of the Davies’ Annual Corporate/Securities team are expected to have completed, or to be enrolled in Business Associations and Securities Law Regulation by the Fall of the year they compete
  • Other advanced business courses and seminars are an asset