Emma Lui wins prestigious debate
Three City students - Emma Lui, Rachel Owusu-Agyei, Gayan Samarasinghe- and Alexander Matthews (from BPP) were finalists in the prestigious Inner Temple Debating Society Rawlinson Cup for Debating, which took place on 11th May before a capacity audience. Emma Lui carried off the coveted Cup.
Debaters, Benchers (senior members of the Inn), barristers and student members were all challenged and entertained by the motion, “This House believes that money is the modern Magna Carta.”
The Inner Temple Debating Society President, Belize Harrison, gave a feisty introductory speech before the competitors began.
In announcing the winner, Inner Temple Master Treasurer, Lord Justice Moore-Bick emphasised that the overall standard of the competition was extremely high and that all finalists were to be congratulated. Winner Emma Lui stood out owing to her smooth delivery and clear arguments. Lady Rawlinson presented Emma with the Cup and a beautifully bound souvenir volume of poetry. Book tokens for all Finalists were sponsored by the Junior Bar Association. Moot Director at The City Law School, Joanne Moss, said: “We are delighted to see such strong advocacy traditions within the Bar student body. City's legal educators are proud of their student successes and extend their best wishes to Alexander Matthews also.”
London’s Inns of Court are a group of four institutions of considerable antiquity that have historically been responsible for legal education. Their respective governing bodies, the Benches, exercise the exclusive right of admitting persons to practice by a formal call to the bar. They consist of the Inner Temple and Middle Temple (both housed within the area known as The Temple), Lincoln’s Inn and Gray’s Inn - all of which are located in the general vicinity of the Royal Courts of Justice, at the boundary between the City of London and Westminster.