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Moot court contest for GCC law students

Abu Dhabi, November 26, 2013

Dubai Courts is set to launch the third session of its Maktoum Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Moot Court Competition at the GCC level for talented young law students.

The competition is one of the Maktoum Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Initiatives for Legal Excellence, and it is organised annually by the Dubai Courts and a group of its strategic partners, said the event organisers.

The Maktoum Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Moot Court Competition is open to all universities and law schools in the GCC countries that grant bachelor's degrees in law or Sharia law, or its equivalent.

It is a scientific contest being held in two rounds. The first is the preparation of written submissions based on real facts or virtual ones (the case), and the second is multiple rounds of oral arguments carried out before a jury, which is carried out competitively between the contesting teams from participating universities and schools, said the organisers.

The competition is aimed at building bridges of communication between the judicial systems and law schools, to stimulate the ambitions and dreams of law school students with regard to working in the judicial field, and to provide them with an opportunity to practice legal activities within a realistic setting, they added.

The Moot Court Competition question was launched at a press conference held today in the presence of Dr Ahmed Saeed Bin Hazeem, the general manager of Dubai Courts and president of the Higher Committee of the Maktoum Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Initiatives for Legal Excellence.

"The question in point concerns a case between an international bank and a defendant who is the owner of a commercial enterprise in Dubai.
The defendant approached the bank to obtain several loans, but has not paid them off. And after non-compliance in payment obligations, the settlement transferred into a case, said Dr Ahmed.

The students will compete for the following awards:
*Overall Excellence Award – which is granted to the team that receives the highest rating of total evaluation points for both written lawsuit    and oral hearing in the final round;
*Best Team in Written Submissions Award – which is bestowed upon the team that receives the highest rating for the written submissions;
*Best Team in Oral Hearing Award – which is given to the team that receives the highest rating for the oral hearing in the final round; and
*Most Distinctive Student Award – which is rewarded to the most distinguished male or female student in the competition rounds. All of the    participants, whether student or mentor, will receive a certificate of appreciation at the end of the competition.

Each university is entitled to participate with a team consisting of four male or female students, with all contestants required to be citizens of the GCC countries and registered in universities and schools within those countries.-TradeArabia News Service




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