CUHK law students win US award

PUBLISHED : Friday, 25 June, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 25 June, 2010, 12:00am
 

Law students from Chinese University have outwitted 580 other teams from 86 countries to win the prestigious Hardy C. Dillard Award for Best Memorial in Washington DC.

Peter Chang Hsiao-Pen, Roger Phang Yiu-wai, Vinca Yau Hoi-tung, Patrick Siu Tsz-him and Cora Ang came first for their written arguments at the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, where law students simulate a courtroom battle with verbal and written arguments.

The team also finished 19th out of 127 in the verbal competition. They beat other universities from Hong Kong to progress to the final round in the US.

Teams responded to the problem of a country's right to control its mineral resources, referring to the Falkland Islands dispute. They composed two 12,000-word written legal arguments - one for each side - over six months, and presented them in a verbal debate.

'You see twenty-something-year-old law students standing up and arguing cases as though they were 50-year-old Queen's Counsels,' said CUHK law professor Stephen Hall. 'That is not only an amazing thing to see, it's actually ... rather frightening!'

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