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030566 MC Ius Commune Moot Court (2022S)

Imperial Aulic Council

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 3 - Rechtswissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work

Voraussetzung für die Anmeldung sind persönliche Vorstellung, Motivationsschreiben und Bezahlung des Eigenanteils.


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 10 participants
Language: English



Information Meeting: 17 March/31 March 2022, 1.15 p.m., SEM 51
Introduction: 23 June 2022, 1.30-2.30 Uhr, SEM 51
Pre-Moot, Moot & Finals: 28 August - 2 September 2022, Alsace


Aims, contents and method of the course

The Ius Commune Moot Court - The Imperial Aulic Council provides an opportunity to get to know a fascinating example of legal pluralism, the Ius Romano-Germanicum (Roman-German law). The Ius Commune Moot Court is concerned with "law in action", with the application of Roman Law, Canon Law and the great variety of particular laws that existed in early modern Europe, rather than with "law in the books". The jurisdiction of the Imperial Aulic Council, one, if not the most important court in the legal pluriverse of early moden Europe and located in Vienna for most of the time of its existence serves as a point of reference.

The Ius Commune Moot Court – The Imperial Aulic Council is a teaching format developed at the Law Faculty of the University of Vienna. Its primary ambition is to acquaint the students with a historical legal order which was characterized by normative and jurisdictional pluralism. The students are expected to learn the dynamics of such a legal order, which differs in many respects from the modern legal systems of Continental Europe, whether it is the French one based on the Code Civil, the Austrian one, based on the ABGB, or the German one, based on the BGB. In addition, the students get the opportunity to acquire in depth knowledge, depending on the case, of several aspects of early modern legal history. Like other moot courts the Ius Commune Moot Court – The Imperial Aulic Council provides the students with an opportunity to enhance their rhetorical skills, their English language skills and their capacity for team work.

Assessment and permitted materials

The students' progress will be monitored on the basis of their participation in the pre-moots and the moot.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

There are five conditions for a successful participation in the 5th Ius Commune Moot Court - The Imperial Aulic Council 2021:
- interest in, but no prior knowledge of the Ius Commune
- a letter of motivation
- above than average English language skills
- readiness to work in a team
- writing a seminar paper based on the oral pleading in the moot court is optional (required in order to gain 4 additional ECTS)

Examination topics

The moot counts as the final exam.

Reading list

Tilman Repgen, Civil Law. Medieval and Post-Medieval Roman Law, in: Stanley N. Katz, ed., International Encyclopedia of Legal History, vol. 2, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009, pp. 4-11.
Stephan Wendehorst, Ius Commune Moot Court - The Imperial Aulic Council, Vienna: Institute for Legal and Constitutional History, 2019 with additional literature.

Association in the course directory

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