Mooting Initiatives to Develop our LLM Students’ Transferable Skills
The Department of Shipping and Trade Law at Swansea aims not only to deliver a first-class educational experience in commercial and maritime law but also to develop its LLM students’ transferable skills vital to a career as a legal practitioner. Such skills include the ability to conduct research, understand the relevant area of law and put together credible arguments based on legal principle and authority, as well as the confidence to speak in public and think on one's feet.
To this end, the Department organises a number of mooting initiatives throughout the academic year. These include:
Swansea LLM students emphatically won the 3rd Mooting Competition on Commercial and Maritime Law hosted by 7 King’s Bench Walk and Informa Law from Routledge. The event attracted 10 mooting teams representing the University of Exeter, University of Sheffield, University of Nottingham, City University, Coventry University, University of Birkbeck, Bangor University and Swansea University. The initial rounds of the Competition were held in Swansea on 18th-19th June with the Final held at Middle Temple Inn in London on 20 June 2016. Swansea was represented by two teams one led by Kirsten Jackson and Jacqueline Dammens and the second one led by Ashlee Xi and Breeda Okpo.
Swansea LLM Mooting Teams with Professor Soyer, Professor Andrew Tettenborn, Dr Theodora Nikaki, Dr Leloudas and Miss Tabetha Kurtz-Shefford
The Swansea team led by Kirsten and Jacqueline won all their matches in the initial rounds, achieving the highest score among all participating teams. They deservedly reached the Final where they competed against the team of Paul Ng and Benedict Tse from the University of Sheffield. In a closely contested session before Mr Justice Picken, Peter MacDonald Eggers QC and Jason Robinson of 7 KBW the Swansea Team performed in an outstanding fashion winning over the panel of arbitrators. Kirsten Jackson also won the Best Speaker Award concluding a brilliant day for Swansea. The shortlist for Best Speaker Award also contained the name of Jacqueline and the shortlist for Best Skeleton Arguments also contained the name of Ashlee and Breeda. Such success could not have been achieved without the indefatigable efforts of Ms Tabetha Kurtz-Shefford, the Swansea Mooting Coach, who went beyond the call of duty to make sure that our teams are prepared in the best possible way.
The finalists advancing their arguments before the arbitrators
Commenting after the event, Dr George Leloudas, Mooting Co-ordinator for the Department of Shipping and Trade Law, said: “For the third year in a row we are grateful for the support of 7 KBW and Informa law from Routledge that has established this competition as the leading commercial/maritime one in the UK. We are very happy to see new teams joining our competition every year, a development that gives us impetus to continue organising it. We are also indebted to the participating arbitrators, who willingly gave their valuable (weekend) time for this event, as well as to Mr Justice Picken, for presiding over the panel that judged the Final. As for the Swansea Teams they made us overly proud with their achievements, demonstrating a thorough knowledge of commercial law.”
Miss Kirsten Jackson receiving the Best Speaker award from Dr George Leloudas, Associate Professor – Moot Co-ordinator
For further information, please see the 3rd Moot Competition in Commercial/Maritime Law Report
Swansea LLM students achieved a remarkable success at the 2nd Mooting Competition on Commercial and Maritime Law hosted by 7 King’s Bench Walk, a leading commercial chambers. The event attracted 12 mooting teams from premier law schools. The initial rounds of the Competition were held in Swansea on 20th-21st June. Two teams, one led by Martin Karst/Siddharth Mahajan as speakers and Styliani Kounakou/Maria Skylodimou as researchers, and one led by Marilena Papgrigoraki/ Wuraola Debbie Obiegbu as speakers and Delphine Defossez as a researcher, represented the Shipping and Trade Law Department at the Competition and performed in an outstanding fashion during the initial rounds by winning their matches against mooting teams representing University of Exeter, University of York, University of Birkbeck, University of Liverpool and University of Geneva.
Swansea LLM Mooting Teams with Profesor Soyer, Dr Leloudas and Miss Tabetha Kurtz-Shefford
Martin and Siddharth deservedly reached the Final of the Competition, which was held at the Parliament Room of Middle Temple Inn in London on 22 June 2015. Whilst we narrowly lost out to Bristol University in Final Swansea mooters had every reason to celebrate with Marilena Papgrigoraki collecting the overall Best Speaker Award. It was a tribute to the Swansea Mooting Coach, Ms Tabetha Kurtz-Shefford, that the shortlist for the Best Speaker Award also contained the names of Martin Karst, Siddharth Mahajan and Wuraola Debbie Obiegbu.
Mr Siddharth Mahajan advancing his arguments before the arbitrators
Commenting after the event, Dr George Leloudas, Mooting Co-ordinator for the Department of Shipping and Trade Law, said: “We are extremely proud and grateful for the generous sponsorship provided by 7 KBW, which gave our students an invaluable opportunity to hone their advocacy skills in commercial and maritime law through this competition. We would also like to thank Informa Law (Routledge) for sponsoring the Best Speaker Award. We are also indebted to the participating arbitrators, who willingly gave of their valuable time for this event, in particular to Mr Justice Picken, for presiding over the panel that judged the Final. Both the speakers and researchers of the Swansea Postgraduate Mooting Teams offered a utterly stellar performance. They made us proud and impressed everyone with their knowledge on commercial and maritime law.”
Miss Marilena Papagrigoraki receiving the Best Mooter award from Ms Amy Jones (Informa)
Please also see the 2d Moot Competition Report
Two years or so ago the Department of Shipping and Trade Law at Swansea College of Law, very well-known for its pioneering work in teaching and researching serious commercial law, noted with some surprise the complete absence of any national moot competition focusing on commercial and maritime law. The result was the Inaugural Commercial/Maritime Mooting Competition held in June 2014, organised by the Department under the auspices of 7 King's Bench Walk (probably the foremost commercial and shipping set of barristers' chambers) and Informa Law (part of Routledge, and far and away the leading publisher in the field). The event -- involving a fiendish exercise in legal argument and interpretation arising out of multimodal transport -- attracted 10 university student teams from all over the UK, as well as a wide range of arbitrators, solicitors, academics and transport law experts. Initial rounds took place over an intensive weekend in Swansea on 21 and 22 June 2014; the final, between Swansea and Exeter law schools, was held next day on 23 June in the Parliament Chamber of the Middle Temple in front of Mr Justice Flaux, Peter Macdonald-Eggers QC and Simon Pickens QC. After a hard-fought battle Exeter Law School (Richard Mahal and Feng Wang) were held to have prevailed over Swansea (Pernille Kuld-Eriksen and Miss Konstantina Zormpa). The overall best speaker award went to Mr Richard Mahal from the winning Exeter team; the Encouragement Award, sponsored by Swansea Law School's own Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law, was given to the team from Birkbeck College (Devin Frank and Richard O' Keefe).
Swansea Mooting Team during the Final held at Parliament Chamber of the Middle Temple on 23 June 2014
The awards were presented by Peter Macdonald-Eggers QC (7 KBW) and Professor Baris Soyer (Director of the Institute) at the reception held in the Queen's Room in the Middle Temple immediately after the event.
Professor Soyer, Head of the Department of Shipping and Trade Law, presenting the best speaker prize to Mr Richard Mahal
Speaking after the event, Dr. George Leloudas, who organised the event for Swansea Law School, said: "I would like to extend a very warm thank to all the teams who joined us at Swansea and made this inaugural competition the success that it was. I must also profusely thank our sponsors 7 KBW and Informa Law for all their assistance, without which none of this could have happened. We are even more grateful that they have already indicated their willingness to continue with the event next year. A moot competition is an invaluable learning process for everyone involved: and for that reason we strove successfully to provide a friendly and open environment that allowed all participants to learn and improve between rounds. Our aim is to retain this philosophy, to carry on the good work in the years to come and contribute to the training of the new generation of transport lawyers. Well done to everyone."