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Students from The City Law School triumph at the Commonwealth Moot 2013

It is ten years since a UK team last won the high-profile international competition
by Sophie/Kayley

nullTwo students taking the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) at The City Law School have won the 13th Commonwealth Student Moot. Matthew Sellwood and Daniele Selmi were selected to represent the United Kingdom at the competition in Cape Town, South Africa. It is the first time in ten years that a team from the UK has triumphed.

The final of the competition was presided over by the Chief Justices of New Zealand, Trinidad and the Falkland Islands. The UK team went head-to-head with students from the University of Adelaide, Australia in a hypothetical case based on the legality of nuclear power programmes.

Following a closely fought contest the judges made their decision and named Matthew Sellwood and Daniele Selmi Commonwealth Mooting Champions 2013:

"We are absolutely delighted to have been able to moot in front of such a prestigious bench of judges, and winning the competition has provided a wonderful finale to an educational and enjoyable week. We are very grateful for all the support we have received in order to be able to attend the Commonwealth Mooting Competition".

The Moot is invitation-only and limited to representative teams from regions of the Commonwealth. Seven teams from around the globe are selected based on the results of regional or national competitions. 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.

Professor Carl Stychin, Dean of The City Law School, congratulated them on their achievement:

"I am delighted for Matthew and Daniele. This competition pits the Commonwealth's best students against one another in front of some of the country's most senior judges. It is a fantastic accomplishment for them personally and for the The City Law School".

The competition was held in conjunction with the 18th Commonwealth Law Conference (CLC). Matthew and Daniele will be presented with the Turnbull Shield at the closing ceremony of the Conference. Matthew and Daniele have been sending regular updates about their experiences which have been published on the Lawbore blog.

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