14th November 2019

Exeter to co-host disability law mooting championship


Students from across the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge will take place in a disability law mooting championship over the coming days, with preliminary rounds taking place at Exeter College. The competition will promote the study of disability and the law with a series of mock court case debates.

The moot will be spread across two days, consisting of preliminary rounds, semi-finals and a grand final. Eighteen teams of two students, nine teams from Oxford and nine from Cambridge, will take part. Each moot will last for an hour. Preliminary rounds will take place at Exeter College and Jesus College, with the final being held on 16 November at Worcester College.

Dr Marie Tidball, Director of the Oxford University Disability Law and Policy Project said:

‘We have been thrilled to work with the University of Cambridge and [event sponsors] Herbert Smith Freehills to launch the first varsity edition of our successful Disability Mooting Championship.

‘There are 13 million people with a disability in the UK but discussion of our lived experiences in University courses is scarce. Therefore, this event is a really important way to promote the intellectual study of disability and its intersection with domestic and international law.’

The competition is open to all current matriculated and registered oversees students at the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge. The judges will include Professor Alison Young, the Sir David Williams Professor of Public Law at the University of Cambridge, Professor Anne Davies, Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Oxford and Mr Adam Johnson QC, Deputy High Court Judge and a partner in the Disputes Division in Herbert Smith Freehills’ London office.

A panel discussion will follow the grand final on the theme of Disability at the Intersections: A “hostile environment” for BAME people with disabilities?

All alumni, students and members of the public are welcome to attend the final and the panel discussion. To register for a free ticket click here.

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