The Oxford Legal Assistance Public Law Moot (previously the Oxford Legal Assistance Immigration Law Moot) is now in its fifth year. The competition is open to Oxford University students of all academic disciplines and in 2014 was extended to allow entries from post-graduate students. The moot problem is based on a topic within asylum and immigration law, to tie in with OLA’s legal advice clinic with Turpin and Miller solicitors.
The Grand Final of the competition has been judged by a series of prestigious judges, and is followed by a dinner to which judges and finalists are invited.
The competition takes place in Trinity Term, and applications open during the Easter vacation each year. Participation in the moot is seen as advantageous to undergraduate students wishing to apply to be OLA volunteers. Applications are welcome from first year undergraduates who have never previously taken part in a mooting competition, and in 2013 the winners of the moot were first year undergraduate students.
The 2016 OLA Public Law Moot
The fifth annual Oxford Legal Assistance Public Law Moot took place on 21st May 2016 at the Oxford Law Faculty. The competition was open to undergraduates and post graduates, and the mooters ranged in experience from first year undergraduates through to postgraduate students.
The competition is organised in conjunction with Oxford Legal Assistance (OLA), the only pro bono organisation open to undergraduate law students within the Oxford University Law Faculty. To tie in with the OLA immigration law clinic, the Public Law Moot focuses on issues within immigration law, set in their wider public law context.
This year, the Grand Final of the moot was judged by The Hon Sir Nicholas Blake. All the mooters and the audience benefitted from Sir Nicholas Blake’s insights into advocacy and the law. The competition was followed by a drinks reception in the law faculty, where mooters were able to meet the grand final and preliminary round judges.
Congratulations to all the mooters, who were of a very high standard, but especially to Tom Foxton, St Peter’s and Katie Ratcliffe, Merton, who won the competition, and to the runners up Chen Chen and Edward Armitage (both Magdalen).
To read more about the 2016 OLA Public Law Moot please click here.