The Politics of the Moot Court

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Scott , D & Soirila , U 2021 , ' The Politics of the Moot Court ' , European Journal of International Law , vol. 32 , no. 3 , pp. 1079–1105 .

Title: The Politics of the Moot Court
Author: Scott, David; Soirila, Ukri
Contributor organization: Faculty of Law
The Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights
Helsinki Inequality Initiative (INEQ)
Date: 2021-10-20
Language: eng
Number of pages: 27
Belongs to series: European Journal of International Law
ISSN: 0938-5428
Abstract: Scholarship has generally represented moot court competitions in one of two ways: either as a beneficial way for students to develop practical skills prior to the Bar, or as a reproducer of hierarchy and exclusion. This review essay attempts to plot a third way of thinking about moots, one that finds critical potential in the exercise of mooting while remaining attentive to its conservative biases. Building out from a critique of the common law focus of Thomas and Cradduck’s The Art of Mooting, the essay reflects on how critical approaches to international law can be used to teach moot skills more effectively. The essay then turns to the limitations such a critical pedagogy must be aware of within the actual practice of the competition, considering how these limits can be navigated and even flipped into teachable moments for critically inclined students. The essay closes with a call for a more nuanced discussion about the use of experiential learning, of which moots are only one example, for fostering critical engagement with international law.
Subject: 513 Law
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by
Usage restriction: openAccess
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