Discussing disability at the Oxford Law moot

1st September 2015

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The Herbert Smith Freehills Oxford Disability Mooting Championship is set to go ahead in November thanks to generous funding from law firm Herbert Smith Freehills, and the efforts of a group of Wadham students.

  • The final of the Herbert Smith Freehills Oxford Disability Mooting Championship 2014

    The final of the Herbert Smith Freehills Oxford Disability Mooting Championship 2014

For the second year running the Herbert Smith Freehills Oxford Disability Mooting Championship will take place in Oxford, this year at Wadham College, on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 November. The Grand Final of this two day moot court competition, promoting the intellectual study of disability and its intersection with domestic and international law, is open to the public. The event culminates in a Conversazione, a panel discussion on the theme of Nothing about us, everything without us; the representation of people with disability in the UK media. This discussion will be chaired by Warden of Wadham College, Ken Macdonald QC, and will be held at Wadham’s historic Holywell Music Room.

Chair of the organising committee Marie Tidball (2011, Criminology) commented: “We are very grateful to Herbert Smith Freehills and their disability Network, Ability, for providing the generous donation which allows this event, the first mooting event in the Oxford Law calendar, to go ahead for a second year running. The moot is an important opportunity to debate how the law affects people with disabilities and is a fantastic showcase of the professional challenges faced by legal practitioners and academics who work in fields in which issues relating to disability frequently arise.”

The Grand Final of the mooting competition takes place at 3pm on Saturday 7 November and will be judged by Wadham alumnus Sir James Munby (1967, Jurisprudence), President of the Family Division of the High Court of England and Wales; Anne Davies, Oxford Professor of Law and Public Policy; Anna Lawson, Professor of Law and Director of the Centre for Disability Studies at Leeds University;; and Ian Gatt QC, Head of the Advocacy Group at Herbert Smith Freehills.

The Organising Committee is inviting school students interested in the possibility of studying Law at university to attend the event. “We hope that attending a high profile moot like this one will inspire school students to think about the possibility of studying Law at University. They will have an opportunity to hear about careers in Law from representatives of Herbert Smith Freehills,” added Marie. 

Please keep an eye on the website to see who will be taking place in the Conversazione. Any Oxford students who are interested in taking part in the moot can contact the Organising Committee via the registration page.

  • The Herbert Smith Freehills Oxford Disability Mooting Championship Organising Committee.

    The Herbert Smith Freehills Oxford Disability Mooting Championship Organising Committee. Left to right: Weiran Zhang (Jurisprudence, 2013), Rachel Clement (DPhil Law, 2014), Holly Anderson (Jurisprudence, 2013), Lindsay Lee (MSc Statistics, 2014), Marie Tidball (DPhil Law, 2011) and Luke Rostill (DPhil Law, 2011).

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