Mooting news and competition results

News archives - 2002 - 2003 season

Here's what was hitting the mooting headlines in 2002-2003:

News and announcements:

  • World Trade Organisation international moot - the European Law Students' Association have launched a new international competition - the WTO moot. Teams are invited to enter on the ELSA web site and 12 finalist teams will battle it out in Geneva next April.

  • European Law Moot Court Competition - the 2002/3 competition started on September 1st with the publishing of the new case at the ELMC website.

    The ELMC is the second largest competition in the world, with entrants from all around Europe. The ELMC website now includes an improved best pleading library and plenty of useful tips for mooters.

  • Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition - This season's Jessup Competition deals with issues of state responsibility for war crimes, trafficking, corruption and the responsibility of government officials.

    The 2003 Jessup moot problem, "The Case Concerning the Women and Children of the Civil War," is available from the ILSA website. Schedules, registration forms and other information are available on the Jessup 2003 website. The International Rounds of the Jessup Competition will start on 30 March 2003 and will be held in Washington, DC. Over 75 countries are expected to take part.


  • Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition - The University of Western Australia defeated Mari State University of Russia to win the final Championship Round of this year's Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. The 44th annual final was held in March in Washington, DC. 483 universities from 85 countries participated in the Jessup Competition this year, and 83 teams from 69 countries participated in the Shearman & Sterling International Rounds.

  • ESU - Essex Court Chambers National Mooting Competition - The University of Liverpool has won this year’s ESU - Essex Court Chambers National Mooting Competition. Simon Douglas and David Birrell beat off last year’s winners Jodie Mittell and Eleanor Fargin representing Southampton in the exciting evening final, held at the Royal Courts of Justice.

    The competition, now in its thirty-first year, was judged by Sir Anthony Evans, Christopher Greenwood QC and Michael Collins QC. The case concerned the rightful owner of a painting allegedly confiscated and subsequently sold in the aftermath of the invasion and occupation of Iraq. The winners receive a silver Mace and £1,000 each, with the runners up taking “The Scarman Shield” and £750.

  • Commonwealth International Mooting Competition - A team from the University of Southampton Law school have won the 2003 Commonwealth competition. Jodie Mittel and Ellie Fargin competed against Shravya Reddy and Mohit Abraham from the West Bengal University of Juridicial Science in Calcutta in the final before Lord Woolf of Barnes Chief Justice of England and Wales, Justice Carl Singh, Chief Justice of Guiana and Justice Paul de Jersey, Chief Justice of Queensland. Nine teams competed in April from all around the commonwealth. The next Commonwealth Moot will be held in London in 2005 at the conference of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association.

  • Telders International Law Moot Court Competition - The England team, from Sheffield University, consisting of David Comb, Tom Gosling, Ian Kelt and Matthew Nicholson, came 8th overall in a field of 21 teams from across Europe. The team won the award for best oral pleadings for the respondents. The international stage of the competition was held at the Peace Palace in the Hague.

  • Weekly Law Reports Mooting Competition - Simon Hale and Kevin Whibley of Mansfield College, Oxford were successful in the final of the second Weekly Law Reports national competition, held on 3 April. The Oxford team narrowly beat Matthew Ewens and K. Louise Lawson of the Universty of Hertfordshire in a moot judged by The Hon. Mr Justice Neuberger.

    There was stiff competition from the University of the West of England and the University of Buckingham in the semi-finals, which were judged by Ms Carolyn Kirby, Law Society President. 31 universities took part in the 2002-3 competition, 4 more than last year.

  • Wilkin Chapman Moot - The inaugural Wilkin Chapman Moot took place at Grimsby College on Wednesday 19 March. The moot is unusual as firstly, teams of three compete, and secondly, the mooters are A-level students, hoping to start their degree courses the following year. Roger McCracken and Virginia Moggridge of Wilkin Chapman judged the team of John Ambler, Sam Cross and Leanne Goodwin to be the winners. Students wishing to enter next year's event should contact

  • European Law Moot Court Competition - The 2002/2003 competition has been won by the Inner Temple. The final was held in the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, where Inner Temple's team beat off competition from Berlin, Gothenburg and Copenhagen to win the European Mooting Cup.

    Three current Bar Vocational Course students, Rob Lawrie, Andrea Lindsay-Strugo and Louise Robinson were in the Inner Temple team, which was coached by Lydia Sweeney, a member of last year's Inner Temple team. This is third consecutive year that the Inner Temple has reached the final of the competition, and is the first time that the competition has been won by a British team.

  • McKinnell's Lincolnshire Moot - Eight teams competed for the McKinnell's Lincolnshire Moot on 11 November at the University of Lincoln. Chris Randall and Paul Verrico won, with Peter Dilks and Gary Hurst declared runners up. The winners on the problem of Large and others v Haggis took away a cash prize and trophy. Teams wishing to enter future competitions at Lincoln should contact
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