Reading law school hosts mooting competition via video link

The University of Reading’s school of law has held a mooting competition through video-conferencing with a partner institution in India.

The final year law students Husna Alam and Nasreen Akhtar participated in the international moot court event with New Law College (NLC) in Pune, India.

The competition involved a number of top law schools worldwide participating in a fictional dispute between countries on the issues of international human rights before the International Court of Justice.

Alam said: “It was enjoyable practising our public speaking skills, and the judges really scrutinised our arguments. As a lawyer you have to be able to think on your feet – you don’t always have the answer in front of you.

“It was good to work under that kind of pressure, with just a few days to prepare for it – that’s something that lawyers have to do every day.”

The students were coached by current LL.M student Thomas Innes for the oral hearing, where they had to present the arguments of the applicant and defendant States of the dispute before a bench of three Indian Judges.

Other universities involved in the competition included University of Mauritius; University of Reading; De Paul University, Chicago, USA; Vistula University, Poland; and University of Warsaw, Poland.

“In an era where global links with emerging giants such as India are increasing, international law is becoming more important,” added Reading law lecturer Dr Anne Thies.

“At the University of Reading we’re keen to forge stronger links with partners worldwide.”

The news comes as more UK law school’s look to partner with international institutions, with Nottingham Law School most recently forming a partnership with Ghana School of Law to work together on curriculum development (2 March 2012).