CityU law prodigies win fame and glory abroad

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 31 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 31 May, 2012, 12:00am


The School of Law at City University (CityU) has become the first law school in Asia to win the International Criminal Court Trial Competition. The mooting contest took place in The Hague, the Netherlands, from April 22 to 27.

The CityU team beat several top-ranking law schools, including America's Pace University and Miami University, Australia's Bond University and La Trobe University, Britain's Warwick University, and the University of Hong Kong. It came out on top among 50 teams.

In the final round, the CityU team beat Britain's Kaplan Law School and Osgoode Hall Law School of Canada.

The final round involved allegations of crimes against humanity committed in the fictional Republic of Libidan. The CityU team acted as counsel for the prosecution against Osgoode, which represented the nation's president.

The winning team members were second-year students Nathan Ma Hin-che, Jacky Fung Wai-nam, and Bettina Wang Zhenyuan, and third-year students Brian Chok Man-ho and Theo Li Jiani.

Nathan became one of the youngest winners of the Best Prosecution Oralist and Best Oralist titles in the competition's history. 'We learned a lot during the tough, eight-month training schedule. We played different roles and challenged each other, just like in a real competition. Through this process, our arguments became more coherent, rigorous and persuasive,' he said.

Dr Mark D. Kielsgard, an assistant professor at CityU's School of Law, guided the students in the competition. The five members were able to act as a team to beat older, more experienced participants, he said. 'These students spent eight full months preparing for this competition, learning the law and procedures, drafting memoranda and perfecting their oral delivery. This level of dedication is truly remarkable,' he added.