British students to compete in Commonwealth moot

Two British law students are to compete in the thirteenth annual Commonwealth Student Moot, held in South Africa.

The Bar Professional Training Course students from City Law School will travel to Cape Town to debate the legality of nuclear programmes and the sovereign rights of nations. The judging panel is made up of senior members of the South African judiciary, including chief justices.

Matthew Sellwood and Daniele Selmi formed their mooting team after meeting as Graduate Diploma in Law students at Oxford Brookes. They won their places in the moot by triumphing at the English Speaking Union National Mooting Competition and will now compete against the best teams from Asia, Africa, Australasia, the Caribbean, North America and the South Pacific. The winner will be presented with the Commonwealth Shield.

It is ten years since a British team won the moot. This year’s competition will be held at the same time as the eighteenth Commonwealth Law Conference and will take place between 14-18 April.

The pair said: “The opportunity to meet some of the best mooters in the world, and to be assessed by and given feedback from senior judges, will be immensely valuable.”

Last month, Exeter University’s legal helpdesk was awarded the Attorney General Pro Bono prize (26 March 2013).