GDL Mooting Society Final 2014

The final of the eighth annual Graduate Diploma in Law ("GDL") Mooting Society Competition took place on Thursday 20 March 2014 in Nottingham Law School’s Court Room.

The final of the eighth annual Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) Mooting Society Competition took place on Thursday 20 March 2014 in Nottingham Law School's Court Room 2. The Competition was extremely well-supported by both the GDL student body and the Professional courses' students, many of whom had followed the contestants through previous rounds. Each of the finalists had to succeed in two preliminary rounds as well as the semi-final to reach their place in the final and each of these rounds was rigorously judged by students on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and Legal Practice Course.

The final, which was sponsored by local law firm Nelsons, saw Lloyd Lane and Hannah Connors appear for the Appellants, and Harriet Dudbridge and John Goss appear for the Respondents. The moot problem, which was written by Michael Patrick (Treasurer of the GDL Mooting Society), required the finalists to consider a scenario in which a future government, relying on primary legislation, sought to extradite a terrorist suspect to a country where evidence gained through torture would be used against them in criminal proceedings. Accordingly, the finalists had to debate whether Parliament's sovereignty could be overridden, either by express legislative entrenchment, or by the courts, following obiter comments to that effect in Jackson [2006] 1 AC 262.

The moot was conducted with great enthusiasm by all parties and the mooters dealt with questions from the bench extremely skilfully and eloquently. As ever, the standard of mooting demonstrated by the students was extremely high. All parties presented their case with distinction and the scoring was extremely close, with only a few marks between the top and bottom scores. The winner was Lloyd Lane and the runner up was Hannah Connors. LLoyd's prizes include a marshalling placement with His Honour Judge Stokes QC, Recorder of Nottingham.

Great thanks must go to Jon Roberts for his excellent and rigorous questioning of the mooters and for so kindly judging the moot once again. Thanks must also go to Nelsons for their generous sponsorship. All the finalists are to be congratulated for their performances on the night. Special thanks are due to BPTC students Helen Towers, Joy Lewis and Michael Patrick (who make up the GDL Mooting Society Committee) and to GDL Mooting Tutor Paula Moffatt for organising such a successful event.

GDL Mooting Society Final 2014

Published on 8 April 2014
  • Category: Nottingham Law School

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