It’s the Tort that counts

Two Law students at London Met have beaten several other universities to be awarded second place in a national mooting competition.
Date: 26 January 2018

Two Law students at London Metropolitan University have won runner up in a national mooting competition.

A mooting competition simulates an appeal court hearing, in which participants analyse a problem, research the relevant law, prepare written submissions, and present an oral argument. Moot problems are typically set in areas of law that are unsettled or that have been subject to recent developments and usually involve two grounds of appeal, argued by each side.

Nada Karsakov, a second year International Relations and Law BA student, and Sarah Harty, a second year GDL Law student, took part in the 2018 Inner Temple Inter-Varsity Mooting Competition.

“We enjoyed the experience and meeting other mooters,” said Nada.

“Once we were put through to the finals it felt more like a competition. Most rounds only had one or two judges but the final round had five and they grilled us which was pretty tough after six hours of debate. It is a great way to hone the skills needed for debate.

“It was also a great way to get to know Inner Temple and meet working barristers and other legal professionals.”

Organised by the Inner Temple Mooting Society, London Metropolitan University was one of 27 universities to take part in the competition. Nada and Sarah competed against the University of Sussex, the University of Reading and the University of Essex in the first rounds and the quarter-finals. They competed against City, University of London in the final where they were awarded runner up.

The Inner Temple Mooting Society is a student led organisation, responsible for Mooting Workshops and Competitions. They organise the annual Inter-Varsity Mooting Competition where you do not need to be a member of the Society to take part. Applications for the competition open in November each year.