DCU students win National Moot Court competition for second year in a row

A team of Dublin City University students were crowned the winners of the National Moot Court competition 2016, in the Criminal Courts of Justice.

The team of Ciaran Campbell, Matthew Crane and Patrick Dunne beat opposition students from Trinity College Dublin in the final.

It was the second consecutive win for DCU at the Moot Court competition.

The Moot Court is a court proceedings simulation competition in which students analyse a problem, do research on the relevant case and present their case.

This year’s case was based on ‘The Right to Privacy’ regarding a scenario with an actress’s relationship with the owner of a B&B she was staying in.

DCU team member Ciaran Campbell was awarded for Best Individual Speaker on the day.

“As you can imagine, it was quite humbling to be awarded best speaker of the evening. It’s quite daunting to speak amongst peers, let alone Supreme Court Justices, John MacMenamin and Iseult O’Malley,” Campbell said.

The TCD team performed well in the final, he said.

“Final round oral submissions were also quite even. A special mention must go to TCD with commendable performances from both speakers narrowly missing out on top honours.”

“All and all, it was a great evening. It’s always nice to represent DCU but equally to establish our school of law and government as a force to be reckoned with. I am very proud of Matthew and Patrick for working tirelessly in respect of same.”

Campbell also commended the work and help from two DCU lecturers involved in preparation for the Moot Court competition.

“From all of us, we are indebted to organisers Dr. Aisling de Paor and Donna McNamara.”

Speaking on the Moot victory, Dr. de Paor said it was a great win for both the students and the School of Law and Government.

“Given the prestigious and highly competitive nature of this competition, it is a great testament to the law students at DCU that they have won this competition for the past two years.”

Emily Crowley

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