We are proud to announce the success of our students in the DCU National Moot Court Competition 2020. This competition, hosted by Dublin City University, was the biggest ever university-level mooting competition in Irish Law. Held virtually for the first time this year, it attracted 40 teams from higher education institutions across Ireland and the UK. It was open to both undergraduate and postgraduate students. This was the first time that the University of Oxford took part in the competition.
This year's moot problem focused on the law of medical negligence. Students were expected to cite leading Irish authorities in the area, but could also draw upon cases from across the common law world as persuasive authorities. The competition involved one pre-recorded round, followed by four knock-out rounds. Based on their performance in the pre-recorded round, three Oxford teams progressed to the knockout rounds. The teams comprised of Alvin Cheung, Olivia Railton, Laura Harray; Jennifer Tse, John Yap, Benedict Stanley; and Ruth Coughlan, Christina Kartali and Arthur Wong.
The team comprising of Ruth Coughlan (University College), Christina Kartali (Jesus College) and Arthur Wong (Lady Margaret Hall) progressed through the knockout rounds to the Final to face off against a team from University College Dublin. The Final was judged by Mr Justice MacMenamin of the Supreme Court of Ireland, Judge Stewart of the High Court and Tom Casey, a partner at A&L Goodbody. Our team emerged victorious, with Ruth Coughlan also being awarded ‘Best Speaker’ in the Final.
We would like to congratulate Ruth, Christina and Arthur on their achievement!