The final of our Osborne Clarke mooting competition took place last night. The venue was the Supreme Court; the judge, Lord Kerr. The moot finalists were Kristian Assirati and Melissa Roberts (appellants), and Lucy Dickens and Lisa Rix (respondents). In an extremely close and high quality contest, Kristian and Melissa emerged as the winners. Lord Kerr spoke in glowing terms about the advocacy abilities of all of the participants.
Thank you to all of you who have supported the competition this year. A special thank you to Thomas White and Thomas Fairclough, our outgoing Masters of Moots, who have poured their energy into all things mooting related for the past year.
In November 2012, the Reading branch of the European Law Students’ Association organised a trip to The Hague for 25 students and 2 staff. During the Trip they visited The Peace Palace which holds the International Court of Justice and The Permanent Court of Arbitration, The International Criminal Court where they watched the case of Jean Pierre Bemba, Eurojust, and the Dutch Parliament. All who attended the trip found it very interesting and learnt a lot about the various international legal institutions they visited. The trip was very generously sponsored by a Reading Alumnus.
The 6th annual School of Law & John Madejski Academy Streetlaw Debating Final was held here at Foxhill House on Weds 13th March 2013. The competition continues to be very well supported by the pupils at the school. It was a great evening of entertaining debating and the ‘freestyle’ approach to debating continues to develop! The preparation for the final and the previous rounds of the competition provided by the Streetlaw volunteers really shone through and the judges congratulated all the Streetlaw volunteers on the very high standard of the research and preparation for the competition.
The 6th annual School of Law & John Madejski Academy Streetlaw Debating Final
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On Saturday 2 March February 2013, a team from the University was awarded second place in the UK National Final of the Telders International Law Mooting Competition. Lena Chua, James Yap, Jonathan Yong and Isabell Zubinsha Iskandar Zakaria took part in the event, which was held at Gray’s Inn in London. The UK Final involved three teams competing for a chance to take part in the International Finals, taking place in The Hague in April.
The Telders competition involves over 50 Universities internationally, across numerous national rounds. Participating teams are presented with a case involving a fictitious dispute between two states, taking place before the International Court of Justice. This year the moot involved issues related to territorial acquisition and environmental law. UCL ultimately won the UK round, but the Reading team was a close second and performed to an extremely high level. Congratulations to the team.