Current HNC Certificate/SAIS MA student Nanfei Yan reports on moot court, one of the many extracurricular activities available to students at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center.
It’s winter break for the HNC, and many students are well into their escapades consisting of travel, internships, or just well-deserved rest. Back in the States myself, I’d like to introduce you all to a surprisingly popular extracurricular activity at the HNC: moot court.
According to Wikipedia, moot court is a law school activity “in which participants take part
|IHL Moot Court Competition |
Each moot focuses on a different aspect of law. As a center for international studies, HNC students have predominately participated in international law moot courts. At the beginning of the year, interested students interview for the various competitions, and teams consisting of both Chinese and international students are formed.
Moot court starts with a fictitious scenario. Teams are expected to analyze the legal issues
|IHL Moot Court Team|
Law aside, mooting is an activity that strengthens skills such as public speaking, academic writing, and teamwork. While the HNC may not be a law school, the mooters are just as dedicated in terms of understanding all the relevant legal discourse needed to succeed. The HNC is very proud of our IHL team, the team of oralists Gu Yinying and Brandon Yeh, assistant couch Zhang Wei, and researcher Li Yalin were awarded the First Prize at the Chinese Qualifying rounds.
Prior to IHL, Brandon had no idea what moot court even was, but “after about three to four
|Jessup Moot Court Team researching|
Moot court presents the both the challenge and the opportunity of law, language, and culture. As I am preparing for China’s Jessup qualifying rounds next week, I highly recommend mooting to HNC students. As the pictures may suggest, it can be fun!