Robert Gordon University (RGU) students have won the first round of the prestigious Alexander Stone Mooting Competition, against Edinburgh University.
Fourth year RGU Law students Craig Donald (21) from Bucksburn, Aberdeen and Kirsty MacCallum (22) from the Black Isle, both previous winners of the 2011 Granite City Moot, mooted against law students from the University of Edinburgh triumphantly beating their opposition in the first round of the Alexander Stone Mooting Competition.
The moot, hosted in RGU’s moot court on Friday 16 December, was presided over by the recently retired Sheriff Douglas Cusine who provided positive feedback to both teams and commended RGU on their command of the authorities and the law. The moot case was on a fictional disputed Scottish election in January 2011, with a judicial review of a decision of the Electoral Court for the Scottish Parliament.
Craig commented, “It was great to be involved in such a prestigious Scottish mooting competition and to win - this is the first time that RGU has got through to the semi-final.”
The winning pair of students will meet Glasgow University in the semi-final, which will be held at RGU early in 2012 and will demonstrate another first rate competitive mooting.
Kirsty added, “As the competition was judged by a former member of justiciary it made the moot more realistic. Preparing for both this mooting competition and the 2011 Granite City Moot meant we had to balance dissertation and coursework deadlines so winning made all the effort and pressure of juggling fourth year worth while.”
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