Students Win Best Mooting Team at the Supreme Court


Congratulations to first year students Jack Morgan (Tripos Law affiliate programme) and Zachary Yong (Tripos Law) who won Best Mooting Team at the Supreme Court in London on Thursday 14 March 2024. 


Each year, students participate in a moot court competition. A moot court simulates a real court hearing. Presided over by Mr Justice Foxton, this year’s final focused on ouster clauses. Mr Justice Foxton said, 


I was very impressed by quality of the performance of all four students in the St Edmund’s College v Hughes Hall mooting final, which was a very enjoyable occasion. I congratulate both teams on an excellent performance. I hope the students enjoyed the experience of arguing a case in the Supreme Court, and that this will not be their last appearance there”. 


In addition to winning the title of Best Mooting team, both Jack and Zachary also won the case itself. Dr Matthew Psycharis, Fellow of St Edmund’s College, Director of Studies of Undergraduate Law, and a College Teaching Officer in Law said, 


“The students were set a difficult problem on constitutional law and performed excellently.  It was a such a thrill to see our students speak in the Supreme Court (Courtroom 1) – many of the cases that they have spent the past year studying were decided in that very room”. 


In addition to the competition element, 15 PhD, STEM, Human, Social and Political Sciences (HSPS) and Law students were given an exclusive tour of the Supreme Court, including access to the usually private Supreme Court library, and various courtrooms such as the Privy Council Chamber. Catherine Dobson, Fellow of St Edmund’s College, Barrister and Supervisor in Constitutional Law at the Faculty of Law said, 


“It was fantastic to see the next generation of advocates locking horns in Court 1 of the UK Supreme Court. Mr Justice Foxton put the teams through their paces before delivering a thought-provoking ex tempore judgment. St Edmund’s is hugely grateful to Mr Justice Foxton for devoting his time to this event. Congratulations to all the participants”.   


The Law Society would like to give special thanks to the Tutorial Office who provided funding for travel costs, enabling so many of our students to take part and experience such a fantastic opportunity.  


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