On December 2 – 4 2013, the inaugural China National Rounds of the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition took place in Beijing. The Competition was hosted by Renmin University School of Law and was organised in association with Oxford University’s Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy, the Asia-Pacific Institute of Law, and the Civil Law and Commercial Law Legal Science Research Centre. Due to the excellent co-ordination and organisation of volunteers from Renmin University and the Asia-Pacific Institute, the Competition was extremely engaging, spirited and rewarding for all participants.
Eleven teams from some of the most prestigious law schools in China argued very impressively in front of panels of experienced practitioners and academics. Shandong University emerged victorious as the overall winner of the China National Rounds. They will be advancing to the International Rounds in Oxford (taking place in April 2014), along with three other top-performing teams: Communication University of China, Tsinghua University and China University of Political Science and Law. The participants argued the case in front of benches that included some of the most prominent Chinese legal academics and practitioners as well as some notable international experts, with Professor Jacques de Lisle of University of Pennsylvania Law School and Richard Danbury, a legal trainer for prominent British media outlets and a DPhil reader at the Faculty of Law, among them. The Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy feels proud of the extremely high quality of the moot court and is grateful to the local co-organisers for having made it possible for Chinese students to become part of the increasingly global network of Regional Rounds of the Price Moot Programme in such an exciting and challenging fashion.