Qatar University, Ain Shams qualify for moot court finals at Oxford

February 22, 2013 - 5:04:38 am

Students of Ain Shams University (Egypt) and Qatar University during the Middle Eastern round of the Monroe E Price International Media Law Moot Court Competition at Al Jazeera’s Media Training and Development Center, yesterday. Shaival Dalal

DOHA: Egypt’s Ain Shams University yesterday won the Middle Eastern round of the Monroe E Price International Media Law Moot Court Competition, qualifying for the finals which will be held at Oxford University.

The all-girls team of Qatar University’s College of Law was declared the second best team, which also earned them a spot in the finals.

The regional round of the international competition was held at the Al Jazeera’s Media Training and Development Center and sponsored for the second year by Al Jazeera and Qatar University (QU). The United Arab Emirates University came in the third place. 

“We were overwhelmed by the results. This was a completely new kind of legal experience for us,” a member from the Egypt’s winning team said. 

The four-day event was organised by the University of Oxford’s Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy and the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication and QU’s College of Law, with the goal of strengthening media law and policy research, teaching and practice in Qatar and the Middle East. 

Students from nine universities of the region presented their cases on the role of media, democracy and freedom of expression to a panel of seven international judges. 

“Participation in this competition was a great experience. This was the first time I stood in what felt like a real courtroom. It was a very tense competition but my ambition is to become a lawyer and our coaches Christopher Avers and our co-coach Mona Al Marzouki helped us,” Nour Ramadan from Qatar University said.

“Dr Hennery and Dr Branda evaluated our work, correcting our mistakes along the way,” she said. Egypt’s Rami Mohammad Hatata said that the professors of his university provided them with all possible support.

“This is the first time that I’ve participated in an international competition of this level. We don’t have such courses on legal advocacybut fortunately we had two great professors Dr. Yassine Alshazly and Dr Ahmad Khalifah and a supportive team, which helped us win.”

The Peninsula