Success in global law competition 'like winning Commonwealth Games'

Tuesday, 07 May 2013


Two law students have won a global contest in which young lawyers pit their wits against one another in a mock court.

Matthew Sellwood and Daniele Selmi won the Commonwealth Mooting Competition final in Cape Town in front of a bench made up of three Commonwealth Chief Justices, beating the University of Adelaide.

Matthew and Daniele, who comprised the Oxford Brookes School of Law GDL mooting team, were invited to represent the UK in the Commonwealth Mooting Competition after winning the national English Speaking Union/Essex Court National Mooting Competition 2012.

Marc Howe, Principal Lecturer in the School of Law and coach of the GDL mooting team said: "When Matt and Daniele won the national mooting competition they had won the most prestigious competition in the country and they were then invited to represent the UK in the Commonwealth competition.

"This is absolutely outstanding. They are both going on to careers at the bar. It's like winning the Commonwealth Games. Mooting is highly prestigious and very difficult. All the top universities – including Oxford and Cambridge – take part."

Both Matthew and Daniele have since gone on to City University where they are currently studying the Bar Professional Training Course.

Matthew commented after winning the Commonwealth final: "We are enormously grateful for the opportunities that the mooting programme at Oxford Brookes has afforded us. The experience we gained at Brookes, both through internal competition and our participation in the ESU/Essex Court Chambers national mooting competition, helped to prepare us for a really challenging week in South Africa. We're delighted to have won!"

Matthew and Daniele will be bringing back the trophy to Brookes which the University will now get to keep for the next two years.