Oxford exchange tour helps law students broaden their international horizons
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Two teams from City University of Hong Kong’s School of Law (SLW) held their counterparts from
In an unstinting effort to provide students with practical education, SLW, in conjunction with the SLW Mentoring Scheme and the LawStudents’ Society, organised an 11-day study trip to the
“Learning 'outside the classroom' is often recognised as an invaluable tool for examining the practical realities of the problems and solutions for a particular subject matter,” Dr Chui said. “Through this trip, participants should develop a better understanding of managerial behaviour such as leadership and conflict management; and most importantly, they can gain cross-cultural experiences that involve socialization, communication and language skills.”
Prior to the Oxford tournament, SLW organised lectures around areas such as introductions to mooting and its basic skills, and basic law and its constitution to boost students’ legalknowledge. Three internal mooting competitions were held at CityU with a view to selecting the best plaintiff and defendant teams for the Oxford contest. Five practicing barristers from Hong Kong, namely Ms Anna Saing, Ms Hannah Nealon, Ms Kathy Kukreja, Ms Choice Choi and Mr Jonathan Wong, as well as Ms Panditaratne Dinusha Nihara, Visiting Assistant Professor of CityU, were invited to coach students with practical skills and the procedures for moots. Edith Au Yeung, Jackie Li, William Khoo, and Bosco Cheng made up the plaintiff team and Minnie Wat, Candy Tang, Peter Yu and Christy Leung were members of the defendant team. These two teams won the internal selection rounds and represented CityU against the better known
Two rounds of mooting competitions with contract law were held in
Mr Sardar Abbas Khan, the competition judge and the representative for
Bosco Cheng, leader of the plaintiff team, said: “The concept of the tour is very good. I think the pre-tour moots can equip the mooters with practical mooting skills and enable them to be well prepared for the subsequent moots. It also helps students build up their confidence in their legal practice.”
Hot on the heels of the mooting competition, the delegation visited two legal institutions in the
In addition to CityU's high quality professional education, the SLW continuously seeks ways to bolster the University's fresh focus on internationalisation. Selecting high-calibre law students to participate in prestigious law moots such as the Red Cross International Moot, the Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot and the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Competition, the SLW attempts to promote student learning beyond the university environment and to strengthen academic ties between CityU and its counterparts in the region and around the world. It also established the Global Gateway programme to offer students the possibility of receiving joint LLM degrees from leading international law schools under the auspices of co-operative agreements with CityU.
The delegation held the Post-Tour Formal Dinner and Closing Ceremony on 24 June 2005.