Oxford Uni and Herbert Smith Freehills establish disability law mooting

The University of Oxford law faculty and Wadham College postgraduate students have teamed up with Herbert Smith Freehills’ disability network, Ability, to launch moots relating to disability law.

Herbert Smith Freehills, the university and its graduates aim to promote disability law as an area of study. The inaugural moot will take place on 21 and 22 November and will focus on tort law and civil justice issues in relation to damages claims from disabled people.

The mooting championship final will be judged by HSF advocacy group head Ian Gatt QC, Matrix Chambers QC Helen Mountfield, Oxford law faculty dean Timothy Endicott and former Supreme Court president Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers.

Oxford law faculty mooting coordinator and associate professor James Goudkamp said: “Some of Oxford’s most distinguished legal scholars had a disability, such as Sir Rupert Cross, Vinerian Professor of English Law and Professor JW Harris. This competition celebrates the contributions made by disabled people to the university’s intellectual life and to public life more generally.”

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