Staffs Uni law students called to The Hague

“It’s an honour and a privilege to have been chosen to represent the University and England. We’re excited and looking forward to the international round of the competition. This is a great experience for us, going through all the steps - the planning and the research - and coming together to work towards one goal.”

LLB (Hons) Law student Constantinos Pavlakos

A team of law students from Staffordshire University has been selected to represent England at the international Criminal Court Moot Competition in The Hague, home of international law and arbitration.

Their entry to the International Round of the ICC Moot Court Competition 2019, follows a successful written submission which was judged to be second best in the country.

Students Constantinos Pavlakos, Elizabeth Briand, Mohamed Heidari and Larisa Astley had just one week to submit their written arguments for the national round, after being entered for the competition by their lecturer, Dr Damian Etone, himself no stranger to international mooting competition.

“I gave them a lecture on international conflict and they showed great interest in the mooting competition.” said Damian, who has been a competitor, coach and judge in previous competitions.  “At least 12 teams had to battle it out in the national rounds against a very tight deadline. Our team will have been up against Masters students from the best universities, so they’ve done incredibly well to get this far.”

Constantinos, 28, who is in the final year of his accelerated LLB law degree, said: “It’s an honour and a privilege to have been chosen to represent the University and England. We’re excited and looking forward to the international round of the competition. This is a great experience for us, going through all the steps - the planning and the research - and coming together to work towards one goal.”

Elizabeth, 20, from Leek added: “I’ve always been interested in International Law and the whole process has instilled quite a bit of confidence in our abilities.”

Mohamed 28, added: “I feel we’ve grown. This has involved lots of meeting and staying behind after lectures, but our coaches were always there, answering emails at all hours.”

The team, with support of their two coaches – Damian and Rhiannon Frost, have now begun work on a 10,000 word memorial – which has to be submitted in March – and will be brushing up on their advocacy skills ahead of the moot in the Netherlands in June. This is the first time Staffordshire University has registered for the Competition.

Damian added: “They will be competing against 80 teams from 53 countries but with rigorous planning and preparation, I have every confidence that they will do well.”
 

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