University of Oxford

Oxford IV 2014

Molly and Jamie are doing a smashing job and this is all massively exciting! But for fear of failing to move on from what is no someone else’s party, the remainder of this shall be decidedly boring in format.

Oxford IV 2014 Convenors

Oxford IV 2014 Convenors Jamie Jackson and Molly McParland

Various bits of Oxford IV 2014 related news.:

1. Molly McParland and Jamie Jackson have been appointed Oxford IV 2014 Convenors
2. The Oxford IV will take place on the 14th-15th November 2014.
3. CA Team: Colin Etnire, Emilia Carlqvist, Tasha Rachman, Christine Simpson
4. Website: http://oxfordiv.com/
5. Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1455058821411915/
6. Registration: International registration opens 1 August, IONA registration opens 1 September with 20 half-price IONA spots opening at the same time
7. Discount for new IONA universities

We want to make sure that the Oxford IV represents a competition that is accessible to all IONA universities. It is an international competition, but an IONA-centric one. Therefore, we are offering 20 team places at half price this year to IONA institutions who do not normally attend, or have not recently attended, the IV. These places will be assigned on the basis of competitive application, with spreading opportunities being the primary criterion. We believe that the Oxford IV should be accessible to all of IONA’s best debaters, regardless of the wealth of their society.

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Mooting about real life

Just completed a moot competition yesterday. Mooting’s one of those things law students do during their uni years, but what was really interesting about this particular moot wasn’t so much the process itself, but the fact that, for the first time, I could see the real life implications or at least relevance of what we were doing.

This was a moot with a moot problem which wasn’t fictional but in fact a real case, based on real facts that actually happened in real life, in proceedings following from an official judgment by an active court, and even judged ultimately by one fo the leading barristers to the case. And if the reality of the case hadn’t been established yet, the case was one which could be found online, with facebook pages campaign for both parties, and one could even identify the family members of the parties to the case. As I later discovered, the same application is likely to be submitted in the foreseeable future, which implies that the case might be argued before a real court, potentially seeing some of the arguments being run many times better.

Mooting, Debating, Model United Nations and all those other exercises we do during our time in academia often appear to have little to no value. They happen, they finish, (often someone wins and others lose), and then we all go home. That’s that.

So I guess I’m thankful for this weeks moot, not because in process or substance it was that different from other moots, but because it was particularly refreshing in how it narrowed the gap between the academic simulation and real life!

Cue entirely unrelated photo

A photo of an entirely different mooting event I was in, but since I haven’t posted this before, and given its tangential relevance 😀 (Click for details of the photo)

Shulman Auditorium, The Queen’s College

One of the thing that Queen’s is quite proud of is our Shulman Auditorium, which is quite new, very pretty and has even won a few awards. But it wasn’t until quite recently that I was able to get a glimpse of what it might have looked like before. Whilst searching through planning permission requests related to college for an entirely unrelated purpose, I came across a photo of the place before the building began. Here it is, compared with 2 images of the Auditorium that has since replaced it.

Monroe Cup 2014 Tab [RESULTS]

The competition was very ably tabbed by Tito Brian. The original can be found at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/12X0hOn4oyEELcAxxBvqo9XzM2nigGAnernDrQTBIxmI/edit but I sadly cannot directly embed the spreadsheet, and so have created a slightly altered and amalgamated form of the tab so both speakers can be seen in relation to their teams.

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Team Score-Points Speaker 1 (Rank) Speaker 2 (Rank)
1 CAMBRIDGE PA 10-669 Ben Adams (1) Freddy Powell (5)
2 Liberty Megazoid 10-662 Ashish Kumar (3) Jordan Anderson (8)
3 Heirs of Bakunin 10-661 Harish Natarajan (1) David Jones (15)
4 Two Young Tories and a Packet of Crisps 9-660 Fred Cowell (4) Scott Ralston (9)

Monroe Cup 2014 [MOTIONS] [BREAK]

Any errors my responsibility entirely. I apologies for spelling errors, am quite tired. Similarly, sadly unfamiliar with many of the people that broke and so don’t have full names.

Motions

CAed by Douglas Cochran, Kate Brooks and Jamie Batchelor

R1: THW Criminalize the Purchase of Sex
R2: THBT Seats in the UK Parliament Should be Based on Competitive, Merit-based, Exam rather than elections
R3: THBT the Palestinian People Should Abandon Claims to Independent Statehood and Publicly Demand the Merger of Palestine and Israel Into A Single Democratic State
R4: THW Remove the Exemption for Religion Organization From Anti-Discrimination Legislation (eg. Equalities Act 2010)
GF: THBT the United States Government Should Pay Reparations to the Descendants of Former Slaves

Break to Grand Finals

Ongoing Grand Final at Middle Temple Hall

Ongoing Grand Final at Middle Temple Hall

1. Ben Adams, Freddy Powell – 10 points
2. Ashish Kumar, Joshua Anderson – 10 points
3. Harish Natarajan, Dave Jones – 10 points
4. Scott Ralston, Fred Cowell – 9 points

On a personal note, actually quite enjoyed the 4 rounds of debating, interesting topics, extremely generous and awesome partner, and a well provided tournament.