Sheffield Law Students Advance to Final Round of European Human Rights Moot Court Competition

Photo of student mooting teamThe University of Sheffield has proceeded to the international finals of the European Human Rights Moot Court Competition (EHRMCC). The team comprises of final year LLB Law (European and International) undergraduates Anna Rubbi Rovirosa-Madrazo, Rachel Woodward, Rachel Carroll, and Ayobami Thomas; and is coached by Dr Damian Gonzalez-Salzberg and Dr Bríd Ní Ghráinne.

The EHRMCC simulates a fictional dispute before the European Court of Human Rights concerning religious objection to compulsory vaccinations. As part of the competition, the Sheffield team prepared two fully referenced 8,000 word memorials on behalf of both the applicant and respondent. The memorials were scored highly by the judges of the EHRMCC, leading to Sheffield’s qualification for the Final Rounds.

As stated by team coach, Dr Bríd Ní Ghráinne:

‘The Sheffield team put in an enormous amount of research, which was complemented by their sense of good humour and willingness to work together as a team over the last six months. Anna, Rachel, Rachel, and Ayobami are extremely competent researchers and oralists, and we are immensely proud of what they have achieved. They will also receive academic credit for their hard work, as participants in the ‘Special Project: International Mooting’ final year module.’

In the words of the mooting team:

Photo of Ayobami Thomas

‘The International Mooting Module has given the four of us a fantastic opportunity to conduct in-depth research into the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights and apply it to a (legally and morally) complex scenario upon which the moot is based. This module has offered us an insight into the work of a human rights lawyer whilst also providing us with an excellent academic foundation for other international law modules, and indeed, further study and practice. Over the last few months we have grown into a close team of not only mooting partners, but also friends. Our two mooting coaches – Dr Damian Gonzalez-Salzberg and Dr Bríd Ní Ghráinne – have been absolutely fantastic in offering us extensive support and guidance. We are now very excited to go on to compete at the oral rounds in Strasbourg!’

In preparation for the finals, the EHRMCC team is currently engaging in a rigorous oral training schedule comprising of regular sessions to test their arguments and engage in detailed questioning from judges. They will put their mooting skills to the test in the International Finals at the European Court of Human Rights from 1-5 May. We wish them the best of luck!