City Uni law students victorious in Luxembourg Court of Justice moot

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By Katie King on

They beat fellow finalists from the Netherlands, Latvia and Sweden

Miguel Rodriguez-Correa Henderson, Margherita Cornaglia, Douglas Grant and Ben Lewy

Aspiring lawyers studying at City, University of London, have fended off competition from the continent and beyond to win the 2017 European Law Moot Court Competition.

The annual mock advocacy competition was conducted in English and French at the Luxembourg Court of Justice, in front of the court’s judges and advocates-general. Half of the moot focused on constitutional law questions, such as who is competent to judge on the validity of EU law. The second half considered the Greek banking crisis and the management of the Eurozone.

City’s four-strong team was made up of Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) students Ben Lewy, Miguel Rodriguez-Correa Henderson and Douglas Grant, and Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) student Margherita Cornaglia. City graduate and government lawyer Niall Coghlan (pictured below), who won the European Human Rights Moot when he was a student, coached the team.

Niall Coghlan with Antonio Tizzano, the Vice President of the European Court of Justice

Forty-eight of the 60 European and American groups that entered the competition at its written stages made it to the moot’s regional finals. Just four reached the Luxembourg finals, City’s competition hailing from the Netherlands (Maastricht University), Latvia (University of Latvia) and Sweden (Lund University). It was Lund University that came in second place.

Professor of EU law Panos Koutrakos said:

We are very proud of the success of the City Law School team at the European Law Moot Court Competition. Their achievement is a testament to their talents, hard work, and determination. It also tells us a lot about the enthusiasm that the study of EU law still generates amongst students at this critical time.

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