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Leeds law students compete nationally in moot competition

4 March 2011 | Amanda Hemingway

Leeds law students compete nationally in moot competition

For the second time in recent years, a team from the School of Law at the University of Leeds competed against other top universities in the country in the Jessup Moot Court Competition.

The Jessup Moot Court Competition is the biggest of its kind in the world. National finals are held in the UK every year in the historic setting of Gray's Inn, attracting a range of expert judges with the late Lord Bingham judging in previous years, and Supreme Court judge Lord Mance this year following in his footsteps.

The competition revolves round a hypothetical case, 'The Compromis', in the International Court of Justice. This year, the problem dealt with a range of pertinent issues such as the war on terror, the use of predator drones, the banning of religious headdresses and international corruption and bribery.

The level of interest expressed by Leeds students to compete was exciting, and, after a difficult internal selection process, a team for the University was decided upon. Professor Steve Wheatley (Head of the School of Law) was the team administrator and the team was made up of Stephen Littlewood, Nathaniel Garner, Chia Lee, Stanley Cheng and Abigail Taylor.

Stephen Littlewood, this year's team leader and competing for his second time, said "I have personally enjoyed both the thrill and sense of accomplishment gained from competing in a competition such as this and appreciate how much it has developed my skills. I am delighted that all the team members able to participate next year are jumping at the chance to do so again and wish them and the University the best of luck. I also implore students next year to take up this exciting opportunity. Take it from this year's team, it's well worth it!"

During the competition all the participants performed extremely well under immense pressure. Malcom Forster, a Judge in the Jessups summarised best the effect the competition has on participants:

"You won't realise now . . . it probably won't hit you for about two weeks, but this competition will have completely changed you. It will have changed the way you think, the way you perform and your ability to practice the law. This is what the Jessups is all about, making you better!"

For further information, see Jessup Moot Court Competition.

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