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City Law School students to compete in inaugural LGBT Moot

Two teams will be participating in the UK’s first-ever LSE-Featherstone Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Moot 2015-16.
by John Stevenson (Senior Communications Officer)

Two teams of City Law School students will be participating in the UK’s first ever Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) mooting competition organized by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

LGBT Moot The LSE-Featherstone Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Moot 2015-16, takes place at LSE’s New Academic Building on Lincoln’s Inn Fields, from March 5th to 6th and is the first of its kind dedicated to considering areas of sexual orientation and gender identity law. The competition is named in honour of Baroness Lynne Featherstone, a campaigner for LGBT rights and the architect of the UK’s equal marriage legislation in England & Wales. Baroness Featherstone also commissioned the first ever UK Government's transgender action plan. Academic Programmes Moot Director, Emily Allbon, said: “It’s fantastic for City students to be participating in the LSE Moot. I knew there would be significant interest in the opportunity from our students and we're pleased to have selected participants from across our LLB, GDL and BPTC programmes. Our teams are very much looking forward to competing”.

The LSE-Featherstone Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Moot 2015-16 is inspired by the Williams Institute Moot Court Competition held annually at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law, now in its 12th year.

City Law School Lecturer, Dr Grietje Baars, who is preparing the students for the Moot, said: 

"I’m extremely excited at the opportunity this moot affords students to think through impact of law on LGBTQIA identity and community and our ability to live queerly in the UK today. The LSE Moot, moreover, promises to connect students with other LGBTQIA students, scholars and practitioners as well as allies from around the country through a series of lectures, events and workshops. Our call for participants received a huge response and I can't wait to start working with our two teams.”

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