Moot courts

Selection for PAX Moot

Applications are currently closed. The programme will not take place in the 2023-2024 academic year. Information about the most recent edition of the programme can be viewed below.

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore is preparing for the selection of students to represent the university at the 2023 edition of PAX Moot

The team will be led by Prof. Pietro Franzina, with the collaboration of Dr. Caterina Benini and Dr. Giorgio Ghapios.


PAX Moot is an international competition on international law, which involves the simulation of a trial. Over the five months of the competition, students on the programme are called upon to take an active part in regular preparatory meetings, contributing to the work of the team. 
PAX Moot provides students with the opportunity to deal with an example of a real case that raises well-structured legal issues via discussion within the team and with teams from universities from other countries. The experience also allows you to improve your skills in legal analysis and argument, as well as to improve your command of English, both written and oral. 
Students taking part in PAX Moot are awarded 2 credit points.

How the competition unfolds

PAX Moot begins with the publication of a case in November, and is divided into two phases, one written and one oral. The first phase involves the study of the case and the legal research leading up to writing a deposition. The team will draw up memoranda for both parties in the case, one for the claimant (the plaintiff) and one for the Respondent (the defendant), to be submitted by mid-March (approximately).

Once the written part has been completed, the oral part will be undertaken: oral debate will be held either in person at a place to be decided or virtually.

The official PAX Moot website contains a wealth of information about the competition, including the deadlines for the different phases.

For any further information about the competition, please contact Prof. Pietro Franzina (

4 students enrolled on the Master’s Degree programme in Law will be selected.

Selection will be based on the applicants’ English level (students are recommended to have a minimum level of B2), academic merit and an aptitude interview conducted partly in English. Preference will be given to applicants who have taken the exams, or at least have attended classes, for the following courses:  Private International Law, Transnational Law and European Union Law (Diritto internazionale privato, Transnational law and Diritto dell’Unione Europea).

To be considered for the selection you must:

  • Apply for the programme by 25 November 2022 (this requires submission of your CV)
  • Pay a € 35 application fee 
  • Attend an attitude interview, which will be held on 28 November 2022: details will be provided to applicants in the days leading up to the interview.

Taking part in PAX will entail the following costs:

  • fee for team registration for PAX Moot, to be divided by the number of participants
  • travel, accommodation and meals for the final oral phase

More information on expenses and any reimbursement available from Università Cattolica will be published as soon as it is available. 

An info session will be held on Friday 12 November 2021 at 14:45 in Room G.152.


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