The first ever team of LLB students from Middlesex University to enter the European Law Moot Court Competition has qualified for the regional finals.
Final years Ipek Azize Karatepe, Agnieszka Dorota Stachowiak, Nerijus Karlauskas, Malack Marwan and Mohammed Timraz will travel to Pisa, Italy, in February for the oral pleading phase of the prestigious annual mooting competition – the second largest of its kind in the world.
They won their place alongside the world's top law schools after submitting two written briefs – one on behalf of the applicant and one on behalf of the defendant. The case the students are working on is primarily about the law relating to EU State Aid, the body of EU rules that regulate the extent to which national authorities can grant economic advantages to natural or legal persons.
Commenting on his students' success, Professor of European Law and Head of the Law and Politics Department Laurent Pech said: "I was extremely pleased to learn of our students' mooting success.
"This year was the first time we entered a team into this prestigious international mooting competition and I am glad to see that the dedication and hard work of our law students paid off. I wish them the best of luck for the regional final in Italy."
The ultimate aim for the Middlesex team is to reach the grand final, where the four regional winners will have the honour of pleading at the Court of Justice of the European Union.
A moot is a mock judicial proceeding set up to examine a hypothetical case and plays an important in any aspiring barrister's education. Students taking the LLB at Middlesex take part in a moot in their first year as part of their 'Legal Method' module.
Following the recent appointment of the University's first lecturer in Clinical Legal Education, Lughaidh Kerin, the School of Law has established a Clinical Legal Education programme – one aim of which is to encourage more teams of students to participate in the most popular mooting competitions in the UK and beyond.