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LSE-Featherstone Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Moot



The Department of Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science is proud to host the Annual LSE-Featherstone Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Moot competition. The competition is dedicated to the consideration of areas of sexual orientation and gender identity law. Alongside the associated networking event, it brings bring together LGBT and ally students, campaigners, practitioners, and members of the judiciary.

The LSE Featherstone Moot 2022 will take place in person on 24-25 June 2022 - click here for the 2022 Featherstone Moot Brochure.

Oral rounds

The oral rounds of the competition will take place on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 June 2022, in the New Academic Building on Lincoln’s Inn Fields at the London School of Economics and Political Science. The first two sessions will run on the afternoon of Friday 24 June with two further sessions running on the morning of Saturday 25 June 2022. This will be followed by the semi-finals and final of the competition on the Saturday afternoon. A series of workshops, lectures and networking events will run alongside the competition. A full schedule will be released ahead of the competition.

Teams

Teams must consist of a minimum of two and a maximum of four competitors. Team members are usually affiliated with a university, but this is not a requirement of the competition. 

Each team is also permitted, although is not required, to have a coach. A coach may be another student or a faculty member.

Competitors may only be a member of one team, however, a coach may assist more than one team. 

Registration and Moot Problem

The organisers wish to thank the following sponsors of the 2022 event:

  • Linklaters (Gold Level)
  • Dentons (Silver Level)
  • Pallas  (Bronze Level)
  • Radcliffe Chambers (Bronze Level)
  • Landmark Chambers (Bronze Level)

 

Competition and Wider Event

The LSE-Featherstone Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Moot competition is dedicated to the consideration of areas of sexual orientation and gender identity law. The oral rounds of the moot competition run alongside an associated networking event during which participants engage with a number of workshops, discussions, and panels focused on the gamut of SOGI/LGBT+ issues and their interface with the law. Together, the moot competition and wider event bring together LGBT and ally students, campaigners, practitioners, and members of the judiciary.

The moot is a sister event hosted by the Williams Institute at UCLA. It was named in honour of Baroness Lynne Featherstone who, as a Minister in the coalition government between 2010-2015, was the architect of the equal marriage legislation in England & Wales and commissioned the first ever UK government transgender action plan. She continues to campaign on SOGI issues and for LGBT+ rights internationally.

The inaugural competition in 2016 focused on a problem that highlighted the potential tension between LGBT+ equality and the freedoms of speech and religion in a scenario derived from the Asher’s Bakery case (which has since been determined by the Supreme Court). It attracted almost 50 teams from across the UK, and was won by a team from the University of Oxford.

The primary purpose of the LSE-Featherstone Moot Competition is to provide an engaging forum for law students to hone their advocacy skills, to learn more about sexual orientation and gender identity issues and their interfaces with the law, and to network with their peers and with legal professionals. The “competitive” aspect to the event is secondary.

 

Archive - 2020 Competition Problem

FAQs

Is the moot open to people who do not identify as LGBT+?

Absolutely! Everyone with an interest in sexual orientation and gender identity law is very welcome!

Is the moot open just to LLB students?

The competition is open to all students, including LLB, LLM, LPC, and BPTC students. We expect that most team members will be studying for law degrees, but non-law students are also welcome. If you are not a student but are interested in taking part, please contact the organising committee. 

How many teams can take part per university?

This year there is no limit on the number of teams that can take part per university. 

I've never mooted before, can I take part?
Absolutely! This will be a fun and supportive competition and a great chance to get involved in mooting for the first time. That said, it may be that your own institution will impose criteria as to who can become a member of a mooting team in an external competition.
Is there a registration fee?

There is no registration fee.

How do I register?

Click here to go to the registration page.

Will there be any subsidy for travel expenses and accommodation costs?

We are currently looking into this, but cannot promise anything at this point in time. There may be funds available to support a team’s participation from your home institution.

If I register, am I guaranteed to take part?

Sadly not. We plan to select the 32 teams that submit the strongest skeleton arguments.

How much help am I allowed during preparation?

Only team members (and coaches) are permitted to research and draft skeletons. You are welcome to receive as much help as you can get after skeleton arguments are submitted! We strongly encourage teams to arrange practice moots.

What other events are happening alongside the moot?

We are planning a range of workshops, talks, and networking events to run alongside the moot. The networking events should be fantastic opportunity to meet LGBT+ and ally practitioners and members of the judiciary. We want to make the competition as educational and as fun as possible! We will be providing further details shortly!

Am I allowed to attend the events if I am not competing?

Yes. We anticipate that some panel discussions, workshops and so on will be open to everyone, but certain networking events will be restricted to competitors.

Will this be a really fun event that I shouldn’t miss out on?

Absolutely!

Judges

The event could not run without the support of the many judges who so generously give up their time to support the competition:

Bojana Asanovic, Lamb Building (UKLGIG)

Ben Ball, Linklaters

Verity Bell, Free Representation Unit

Jennifer Blair, No5 Chambers

Sarah Bourke, Sarah Bourke Law

Allan Briddock, 1 Pump Court

Michelle Brewer, Garden Court Chambers

Andrew Brown, UCL

Tom Brown, Cloisters Chambers

David Bufton, Linklaters

Ulele Burnham, Doughty Street Chambers

Catherine Callaghan QC, Blackstone Chambers

Ula Cartwright-Finch, Linklaters

Catherine Casserley, Cloisters Chambers

Parosha Chandran, 1 Pump Court

S Chelvan, No5 Chambers

Alex Cisneros, No5 Chambers

Emily Clark, Travers Smith

Stephen Clark, Garden Court Chambers

Jonathan Cooper OBE, Doughty St Chambers

Sir Ross Cranston, LSE

Sarah Crowther QC, Outer Temple Chambers

Eraldo d’Atri, Clifford Chance

Mark Dawson, Linklaters

Matthew Davies, Wilson Solicitors

Emma Dixon, Blackstone Chambers

Martin Downs, 1 Crown Office Row

Clare Duffy, UCL

Jeffrey Effah, Linklaters

Hannah Field-Lowes, Weil

John Fitzsimons, Cornerstone Barristers

Tatiana Flessas, LSE

Matthew Foley, Linklaters

Emma Foubister, Matrix Chambers

Ian Fox, Dentons

Rachel Francis, 1 Pump Court

Douglas Gibbs, Linklaters

Jonathan Glasson QC, Matrix Chambers

Judge Judith Gleeson, Upper Tribunal

Elliot Gold, Serjeants’ Inn Chambers

Donnchadh Greene, Liberty

Gurbinder Grewal, Dentons

Victoria Halsall, 1 KBW

Sarah Hannett, Matrix Chambers

Caroline Harrison QC, 2 Temple Garden Chambers

Stephanie Harrison QC, Garden Court Chambers

Louise Hooper, Garden Court Chambers

Jeremy Horder, LSE

Alice Irving, University of Oxford

Dr Bianca Jackson, Coran Chambers

Ben Jaffey QC, Blackstone Chambers

Tim James-Matthews, Matrix Chambers

Catherine Jaquiss, Goldsmith Chambers

David Jones, Garden Court Chambers

David Josiah-Lake, Josiah-Lake Gardiner

Srishti Kalro, Linklaters

Bernard Keenan, LSE

Ronnie King, Ashurst LLP

James Kirk, Doughty Street Chambers

Stephen Knight, 1 Pump Court

Michael Kotrly, Freshfields

Jennifer Lee, Pump Court Chambers

Emma Levin, Linklaters

Rachel Logan, Amnesty / Matrix Chambers

Guy MacInnes-Manby, Cleary Gottlieb

Chris Marks, Weil

Nick Marshall, Linklaters

David Massarella, Cloisters Chambers

Stuart Mason, Clifford Chance

Karen Maulhardt, Cleary Gottlieb

Claire McCann, Cloisters Chambers

Aileen McColgan, 11KBW

Esther McDermott, Dentons

Ewan McGaughey, KCL

Karon Monaghan QC, Matrix Chambers

Rowena Moffatt, Doughty St Chambers

Tom Mountford, Blackstone Chambers

Michael Munk, Linklaters

Martin Nelson, Govt Legal Service

Barnaby Pinfield, University of Law

Andrew Powell, 4PB

Gill Phillips, Guardian News and Media

Barnaby Pinfield, University of Law

Celia Rooney, Blackstone Chambers

Marguerite Russell, Garden Ct Chambers 

Jane Ryan, Bhatt Murphy

Max Schaefer, Brick Court Chambers

Shanti Sivakumaran, Lamb Building

Paul Skinner, Matrix Chambers

Paul Stanley QC, Essex Court Chambers

Brie Stevens-Hoare QC, Hardwicke Chambers

Corey Stoughton, Liberty

Chris Thomas, LSE

David Vitale, LSE

Cameron Stocks, Hardwicke 

Malek Wan Daud, Garden Court Chambers

Amanda Weston QC, Garden Court Chambers

Robin White, Old Square Chambers 

Aritha Wickramasinghe, K&L Gates

Keina Yoshida, Doughty Street Chambers

Mohsin Zaidi, 6KBW

If you are interested in participating as a judge for the 2019 competition, please contact us here.

Sponsors

The LSE-Featherstone moot is supported by the LSE Department of Law, but has also benefitted significantly from external sponsorship over time. Such support enables the organisers to maintain the gratis nature of team participation, to provide meals and refreshments, to fund mooting prizes, and to put on the celebratory party. We hope that in future we might also be able to provide financial support to facilitate participation by unfunded teams and individual mooters.

Should your organisation be interested in supporting the moot competition, please contact us here

Our major sponsors for 2020 are Linklaters, Garden Court ChambersDentons and Cleary Gottlieb.

Registering a team

Please go to the registration page for further details.

 

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