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Students from The City Law School represent the UK at The Commonwealth Moot 2013

The legality of nuclear programmes will be debated at the competition in South Africa

nullTwo students taking the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) at The City Law School have been selected to compete in a high profile international competition. Matthew Sellwood and Daniele Selmi will travel to Cape Town in South Africa for the 13th Commonwealth Student Moot.

A moot involves the argument of legal issues raised by a hypothetical case. Places at the Commonwealth Student Moot are particularly sought after because the judging panel comprises senior members of the judiciary, including Chief Justices. This year the problem the teams must debate is based on the legality of nuclear programmes and the sovereign rights of nations.

Matthew and Daniele formed a mooting team after meeting at Oxford Brookes University while taking the Graduate Diploma in Law. They both decided to enrol on the BPTC at The City Law School:

"We are delighted to be going to Cape Town to represent the United Kingdom in the Commonwealth Moot. The opportunity to meet some of the best mooters in the world, and to be assessed by and given feedback from senior judges, will be immensely valuable. The support that City Law School have given us so far has been invaluable, and we hope to repay it with a good performance."

The invitation-only Moot is limited to representative teams from regions of the Commonwealth. Matthew and Daniele secured their place by winning the English Speaking Union National Mooting Competition, the largest and oldest of its kind in the country. They will compete against the best teams from North America, the Caribbean, Asia, Africa, Australasia and the South Pacific for the Commonwealth Shield.

The competition is held in conjunction with the 18th Commonwealth Law Conference (CLC) and takes place between 14th April and 18th April 2013. It has been ten years since a team from the UK triumphed at the competition. Matthew and Daniele will be sending regular updates about their experiences which will be published on Lawbore's Future Lawyer blog.

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