LW4649 International Mooting & Advocacy
Part I Participation of students in their respective moot is compulsory for which they are selected.
Either one semester or two semesters depending upon the mooting competition(s) entered.
LW4649 – 3 credits (3 hours per week in Sem A and/or B and/or Summer. Total contact hours: 39)
LW4649B – 6 credits (3 hours per week in Semesters A and B or semesters B and Summer or Semesters Summer and A. Total contact hours: 78)
Medium of Instruction: English
Prerequisites: Successful completion of LW2600A Legal Method I and LW2600B Legal Method II, LW2601 Hong Kong Legal System, LW2602A Law of Contract I, LW2602B Law of Contract II, LW2603A Law of Tort I and LW2603B Law of Tort II.
Equivalent Courses: Nil
Exclusive Courses: Students who have taken LW4649 cannot take LW4649B and vice versa.
This course aims to provide opportunities for students to engage in competitive mooting competitions with other universities and institutions both within Hong Kong and outside Hong Kong. The focus will be upon synthesizing the knowledge and skills already acquired on substantive law courses and to apply that knowledge and skills in a courtroom context. The course aims to develop research, analytical, organisational and advocacy skills by confronting students with complex issues of both fact and law in a courtroom situation. Within the structured setting provided by the course students can prepare for, and participate in, such international mooting competitions as the Philip C. Jessup International law Moot, the Willem C. Vis Commercial Arbitration Moot, the Red Cross International Humanitarian law Moot, the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot, Human Rights Law Moots, Foreign Direct Investment Moot, WTO Law Moots and other moots in which the School participates.
Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs)
(state what the student is expected to be able to do at the end of the course according to a given standard of performance)
Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
|CILOs||Weighting (if applicable)|
|1.||Select, evaluate, analysis and process relevant resources and information|| |
|2.||Develop and express in writing coherent, cogent and relevant arguments|| |
|3.||Demonstrate critical and original thinking|| |
|4.||Select, analyse, use and cite relevant sources effectively|| |
|5.||Select and use appropriate content and language for the particular mooting competition and the issue to be mooted|| |
|6.||Communicate ideas and arguments clearly, coherently and accurately in own words and plain English|| |
|7||Work as part of team|| |
|8||Comfidently present and respond to arguments and questions|| |
Teaching and Learning Activities (TLAs)
(Indicative of likely activities and tasks designed to facilitate students’ achievement of the CILOs. Final details will be provided to students in their first week of attendance in this course)
Contact hours will be divided between lectures, tutorials and such other inter-active and integrated teaching exercises as shall be deemed appropriate for the particular mooting competition. A number of teaching staff will be engaged depending upon the expertise required for participation in particular mooting competitions. In view of such variations, the following list of TLAs is indicative and some of them may not be adopted in some sections. The combination and duration of the TLAs will be determined by the needs of the particular mooting competition. The concentration will be upon understanding the mooting problem posed by the particular moot and upon small group activities in which legal, policy, institutional and regulatory issues relating to the particular moot problem will be discussed and developed. Practical exercises will introduce students to, and improve, their performance in, all aspects of mooting and in particular address working both as a team and as individuals to carry out defined responsibilities and objectives. As the participation of students is compulsory in the moot for which they are selected, it is expected that they will learn a great deal of oratory skills, presentation skills, question and answer technique, time management and other skills which are crucial for mooting.
|TLAs||Hours/week (if applicable)|
|CILO 1-8||Lecture|| |
|CILO 1-8||Reading|| |
|CILO 1-8||Video showing|| |
|CILO 1-8||Small group activities|| |
|CILO 1-8||Group and/or individual presentations|| |
Maximum enrolment in each academic year: Group size dependent upon the number and identity of Moot Competitions entered.
3 hours in Semester A and / or B and / or Summer Term
Duration of course: One semester (for 3 credit units) or Two semesters (1.5 credits per semester) or Three semesters (1 credit per semester)
Total contact hours: 39
(Indicative of likely activities and tasks designed to assess how well the students achieve the CILOs. Final details will be provided to students in their first week of attendance in this course)
There is no examination: the course is totally assessed by coursework. For the reasons already stated at the beginning of section 3, the following list of assessment tasks (ATs) is indicative only. The combination and weighting of the ATs in each section will be determined by the particular instructor/coach according to the demand of the particular mooting competition upon which the students is enrolled. Full details of the assessment approach will be provided at the outset of the course. Students may opt to be assessed upon their performance in the particular mooting competition in which they are enrolled whether this is an internal round within City University or an external round. Students who progress beyond the first round of the competition upon which they are enrolled may designate the round of the competition upon which they wish to be assessed for this purpose.
The coursework assessment may take one or more of the following forms: Participation in a mooting competition, which is compulsory, will be used the coursework assessment. The performance in such competitions (whether an internal round within City University or an external round) may be assessed in lieu of any other coursework. Students who progress beyond the first round of any such competition (whether internal or external) may designate the round of the competition upon which they wish to be assessed for this purpose.
The portion of the overall mark allocated to performance/participation in inter-active in class activities will be assessed on the quality of the participation. Assessment criteria for those activities, their nature and their timing will be set out in the study guide/course manual and will be further expanded upon by the course leader and by instructors assigned to that particular mooting competition.
|Type of Assessment Tasks/Activities||Weighting (if applicable)||Remarks(exam duration , etc)|
|CILO 1-8||Coursework|| || |
|CILO 1-8||Mooting presentations|| || |
|CILO 1-8||Attendance and participation in small group/skills activities|| || |
|CILO 1-8||A written presentation|| || |
|CILO 1-8||An oral presentation|| || |
|CILO 1-8||Participation in Moot Competitions|| || |
Grading of Student Achievement:
To obtain a pass students must attend at least 90% of the lectures and small group activities and complete a coursework assessment.Standard (A+, A, A-…F).
Background to mooting, characteristics of mooting, analysing and researching the moot problem, collection and analysis of mooting materials, preparation of a written memorandum, formulating and presenting the argument, meeting the other side's case, responding to questions, proper modes of address and the ethics of mooting.
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