WHAT IS MOOTING?

Mooting is a legal practice which involves presenting oral arguments on a point of law in mock court proceedings. The aim is to present a legal argument on a hypothetical set of facts, persuasively and succinctly. The moot is judged on quality of advocacy skills, argument and legal research - not by being correct on the law. Mooting is a great way to develop advocacy (and gives insight into careers in litigation and advocacy), improve research skills, and receive constructive feedback from senior students, fellows and barristers.

For information on getting involved, contact: Karina Poon (Mistress of Moots) at khyp2@cam.ac.uk

THE ANNUAL GCLS MOOT

Part of Girton tradition is to hold a competitive moot for law undergraduates in their first year. Generally, mooters find they acquire highly useful information for their academic subjects. The experience is also a valuable addition to an aspiring solicitor or barrister's CV, and, by no means least, is good fun!

Past Winners:

 

  • Oscar Swann (2020)

  • Rebecca McNeill; Karina Poon (2019)

  • Parsa Tonkaboni (2018)

  • Nimrah Ashraf (2017)

  • Jennifer Shelley (2016)

  • Katie McGaughey (2015)

  • Cyril Cutinha; Chloe Chow (2014)

GIRTON MOOTING ACHIEVEMENTS: HIGHLGHTS

PHILIP C. JESSUP INTERNATIONAL MOOT

In 2019, Gabriel Tan represented the University of Cambridge at the Jessup Moot. The Cambridge Team emerged overall 2nd at the UK National Rounds and advanced to the White & Case International Rounds in Washington, D.C.. Caleb Kirton coached the team from King's College London, which emerged victorious in the UK National Rounds and as quarter-finalists in the International Rounds.

BLACKSTONE CHAMBERS DE SMITH MOOT

In 2019, Gabriel Tan won the De Smith Moot, which is widely considered the most prestigious individual moot competition in Cambridge. The finals were judged by barristers from Blackstone Chambers, including Ian Mill QC. Darius Ng was a finalist as well, while Nicole Chia and Parsa Tonkaboni made it to the semi-finals.

QUADRANT CHAMBERS FLEDGLINGS MOOT

In 2019, Karina Poon reached the finals of Fledglings, a competition to find Cambridge's best novice mooter. In 2018, Darius Ng reached the finals of the competition as well; in 2017, Teh Wen Jin emerged victorious. 

ATKIN CHAMBERS CUPPERS MOOT

In 2018, Teh Wen Jin and Nimrah Ashraf won the inter-collegiate Cuppers Moot, representing Girton. In 2016, Ella Vacani and Matthew Isaacs were finalists, despite only being first years and mooting almost exclusively against far more senior students. Both teams won a cash prize and a mini-pupillage!

VARSITY ADVOCACY CUP

Teams from Cambridge and Oxford compete in this trial advocacy competition, judged by HHJ Stokes QC and HHJ Smith QC. In 2018, 3 of the 4 members of the Cambridge team were represented by Girton, including Darius Ng and Nicole Carisa Chia, with Nimrah Ashraf being the Best Speaker. In 2017, Teh Wen Jin was part of the winning Cambridge team.

In 2017, Matthew Isaacs was part of a team of four representing Cambridge in the 10th International Roman Law Mooting Competition, held in Tier. The team placed second, having competed against many other EU universities.

THE INTERNATIONAL ROMAN LAW MOOT

 

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