Inaugural National Commercial Mooting Competition- Another Success Story

A mooting team comprised of Swansea LLM students Ms Pernille Kuld-Eriksen, Ms Konstantina Zormpa, Mr Mardyros Tsakirian and Ms Katharina Neele reached the Final of the prestigious Commercial/Maritime Mooting Competition.

The Mooting Competition was held under the aegis of 7 King's Bench Walk, the leading Temple shipping and commercial chambers, and Informa Law, a specialist division of Routledge and far and away the leading publishers in the field.The initial rounds in Swansea over the weekend of 21-22 June 2014 attracted 10 university teams from across the UK, not to mention an incredibly wide range of arbitrators, solicitors, academics and transport law experts. The final was held at the Parliament Chamber of the Middle Temple on 23 June before a panel consisting on Mr Justice Flaux, Peter Macdonald-Eggers QC and Simon Pickens QC and was a hard fight. Although losing the Final narrowly to a very well organised mooting team that included a PhD student (Mr Feng Wang), Swansea mooting team gave a good account of themselves impressing the judges and the audience alike with their argument and legal learning on a fiendish problem arising out of the law of international multimodal transport. On the road to the Final, Swansea Mooting Team got victories against mooting teams from Exeter University, Queen Mary University and Birkbeck University, London.

The awards were presented by Peter Macdonald-Eggers QC (7 KBW) and Professor Baris Soyer (Head of the Department of Postgraduate Legal Studies and Director of the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law) at the reception held in the Queen's Room in the Middle Temple immediately after the event.

Moot Compettion 2014

LLM Team with Simon Picken QC from 7 KBW

Speaking immediately after the event, Professor Soyer, the Head of Postgraduate Legal Studies Department, said: “ We are very proud of our Mooting Team. Considering that all four members of the team arrived at Swansea 9 months ago having not been educated in common law system, it is fascinating to see how much they have progressed in such a short period of time. Their legal arguments were very impressive and we have been told by the judges that they were graded higher than the winning team with regard to the skeleton arguments put forward. This is a clear manifestation of the excellent training our LLM students receive at Swansea. Our LLM courses are delivered by a team of experts some of whom worked in legal practice and their extensive knowledge on the subject makes Swansea a unique place to study postgraduate courses.”


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