The Herbert Smith Freehills Disability Mooting Championship was the first championship to be established by the Oxford Law Faculty that focuses solely on legal issues affecting persons with a disability. Herbert Smith Freehills and the Oxford Faculty of Law aim to promote the intellectual study of disability and its intersection with domestic and international law through this event. The mooting championship is designed to showcase the challenges faced by academics and legal practitioners who work in this field. In so doing, it will raise awareness of legal issues facing people with disabilities and the need to increase the representation of disabled people within the legal profession. Established in 2014, this event has become hugely successful and is now regarded as one of the Law Faculty’s leading mooting competitions.

Following its success, Herbert Smith Freehills have approached the Faculties of Law at the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge to establish the first Oxford v Cambridge edition of the Mooting Championship. The inaugural Herbert Smith Freehills Disability Mooting Championship: Oxford v Cambridge will take place in Oxford on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th November 2019. Senior members of the judiciary, partners from Herbert Smith Freehills, and Oxford Law Faculty members will judge the final rounds.

The two-day competition is followed by a panel discussion and an evening reception (including a celebratory dinner). The panel discussion features leading academics and practicioners in discrimination and equality law, along with high-profile public figures who champion disability rights and work at the forefront of policy-making in this area.

The event is kindly supported by Herbert Smith Freehills.