Herbert Smith Freehills Disability Mooting Championship 2023

Event date
18 November 2023
Event time
14:45 - 18:30
Oxford week
MT 6
Grove Auditorium - Magdalen College

About The Herbert Smith Freehills Disability Mooting Championship

You are invited to attend the special ten-year anniversary iteration of the Grand Final of the Herbert Smith Freehills Disability Mooting Championship: Oxford v Cambridge, which will take place on Saturday 18th November in the Grove Auditorium, Magdalen College, Oxford. The final will be followed by a panel discussion.

Watch skilled law students from Oxford and Cambridge go head-to-head in this mock court case to debate a legal problem about issues affecting persons with a disability. The legal problem concerns a disabled woman and her treatment by the NHS while pregnant and in labour.

The talented finalists will argue the case in front of an eminent panel of judges:

Lord Dyson (former Justice of the Supreme Court and Master of the Rolls);

Professor John Armour (Dean of the Faculty of Law, Oxford);

Paula Hodges KC (Head of Global Arbitration Practice, HSF);

David Reade KC (Barrister, Littleton Chambers); and

Dinah Rose KC (President of Magdalen College, Oxford, and Barrister, Blackstone Chambers).

Audience members will have the opportunity to hear the reasoning of the judges and witness their interactions with contestants, and to also participate in a panel discussion (more on this below).

This popular moot court competition was established by the Oxford Law Faculty and Herbert Smith Freehills in 2014 to promote the intellectual study of disability and its intersection with domestic and international law.

Panel discussion

This year's panel discussion is on Disability and Maternity, asking how can we ensure adequate health and social care pathways for disabled mothers?

The panel will be chaired by Dr Marie Tidball (Wadham College, Oxford) and comprise:

Matilda Bathurst (midwife specialising in home births, continuity care, and support for birthing against/outside NHS guidelines, RUH);

Dr Amy Kavanagh (award-winning Disability rights activist and campaigner);

Bethany Scarsbrook (Barrister, St John’s Chambers);

Dr Brian Sloan (Fellow in Law and Director of Studies, Robinson College, Cambridge); and

Sakina Ballard (therapeutic coach and mentor, and Trustee of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance)

Members of the University, invited guests and members of the public are welcome to attend the Grand Final and panel discussion.


2:45pm - Audience admission (Grove Auditorium, Magdalen College)

3.00pm - The Grand Final of the Herbert Smith Freehills Disability Mooting Championship: Oxford v Cambridge (Grove Auditorium, Magdalen College)

4.15pm - Tea and coffee (Foyer of the Grove Auditorium, Magdalen College)

5.00pm - Panel discussion on the theme: Disability and Maternity: how can we ensure adequate health and social care pathways for disabled mothers? (Grove Auditorium, Magdalen College)


To attend this free event, please register through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/herbert-smith-freehills-disability-mooting-championship-oxford-v-cambridge-tickets-752130782417?aff=oddtdtcreator 

Getting here

Please enter Magdalen College through the pedestrian entrance (the Octagon gates) on Longwall Street (rather than through the main entrance on the High Street). The auditorium is very close to the Octagon gates.

Accessibility information for disabled visitors can be found here.

To inform us of any accessibility requirements, please email please email: Fabio Kyriacou fabio.kyriacou@magd.ox.ac.uk


The Law Faculty and Organising Committee are grateful for the generous support and enthusiasm provided by Herbert Smith Freehills and their Ability Network.