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Bradford School of Law students compete in moot competition on challenging criminal defence issue


The University of Bradford School of Law held a legal mooting competition this month.

The competition saw students posed with a moot problem from the area of criminal law, where they had to discuss causation and the correct interpretation of the partial defence of loss of control in homicide cases.

The event was sponsored by the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting (ICLR), which provided £225 of prize money for the competition.

It was organized and judged by law lecturer Edward Mowlam and second year Bradford School of Law LLB student and Law Society Competitions Secretary, Abigail Sisnett.

Twelve students competed in teams of two over three sessions. Following each session judges gave feedback and highlighted the mooters’ strengths and offered advice on how they could improve on any points.

At the end of three sessions the two highest scoring teams were chosen.

There will now be a grand final of the mooting competition, which will take place in September.

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The students who took part were Georgios Kartalas, Maariyah Ahmed, Patrick Rowlands, Anas Makda, Osikhena Zibiri-Aliu, Mohammad Haroon, Sima Khan, Areekah Ali, Shakeela Bibi, Tazeem Sawaiz, Shuheda Uddin and Amar Hussain.

Miss Sisnett said: "We are very grateful to our dedicated teams for their professionalism and very impressive efforts. All the groups performed very well and delivered well researched arguments."

"The final promises to be a spectacular event. It will also be coupled with our annual Mooting Masterclass, designed to inspire a new group of mooters for the 2016/17 competitions series."

She added: "With the added prestige of ICLR patronage this has enabled our competition to develop into a respected event. The organisers at Bradford would like to take this opportunity to thank the ICLR for its very generous donation."

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ICLR is a not for profit organisation that was established in 1865 as the authorised publisher of the official series of The Law Reports for the Superior and Appellate Courts of England and Wales.

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