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ウェールズで初 最高裁判所での模擬裁判に参加

2013年1月10日

バンガー・ロースクールは先月、ウェールズに所在するロースクールで初めて、ロンドンの最高裁判所に招待され、2組の学生が擬制の案件について、「判事」の目前で判決までの一連の流れを模した模擬裁判を行いました。

模擬裁判は、法律を学ぶ学生に対し、法律学の知識が実社会にどのように生かされているのかをわかりやすく示し、分析能力や法律用語の翻訳能力、パブリック・スピーキング能力の強化を促します。

Organised by students Sarina Worley, Mistress of the Moot, and Bethany Miller, President of the Bangor Student Law Society, the subject of the Supreme Court moot was a legal dispute concerning a young man who climbed over a swimming pool fence on a warm summer’s evening and dived into the swimming pool, suffering horrific injuries at the shallow end.

Defending were Herbert Farrington and Simon Williams, ably supported by Legal Researchers Nicola Pearson and David Gibbon; while the Applicant team was composed of Adam Gulliver and Andrew Galley, with research support provided by Ana-Victoria Dan and Aaron Clegg. The Bench was presided over by Law lecturer and Solicitor Gwilym Owen.

“The mooting bug has really taken off at Bangor since it was introduced to the School in 2008, when the European Moot Court Competition was hosted here”, explains Professor Dermot Cahill, Head of Bangor Law School. “Since then, there is intense competition in several annual in-house moot contests, including a dedicated Welsh-medium competition and one named in honour of lecturer Ann McLaren, who really helped to foster mooting in the School.”

20 year old Andrew Galley from Leeds was a member of the winning team, and commented: “Participating in the Bangor Law School Moot competition was extremely rewarding and worthwhile. In allowing individuals to decide who they want to work with, it tests how well you can work amongst people you know socially in a professional mindset and setting. The case itself was challenging; at first glance it seemed one-sided, but upon actually reading and considering all the details it was a very balanced case. Seeing and presenting in the Supreme Court also proved rewarding – it invoked a sense of wonder and amazement amongst us all. I would definitely like to enter the competition again”.

Bangor Law School will achieve another historic first in April 2013 when it becomes the first ever Welsh law school to participate in the world-renowned Telders Moot at the Hague in the Netherlands. A team is currently in preparation under the tutelage of Dr Evelyne Schmid, ably assisted by Yvonne McDermott, both lecturers at Bangor. 

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