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.

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.

Oxford Womens Open 2014 [MOTIONS][RESULTS]

Motions for the Oxford Womens Open 2014, CAed by Sally Rooney and Catherine Murphy

R1: TH Supports Separatism In Identity Politics Movements
R2: THW Set A Quota for British Players on Premier League Football Teams
R3: TH Condemns Liberal Support for Pope Francis
R4: TH Supports a Global Wealth Tax
R5: THW Allow Individuals to Sue Those Who Lie to Them in Order to Engage Them in Sex
SF: THW Ban Autonomous Military Drones
GF: THB Feminists Should Not Remove Their Body Hair (or words to that effect)
Thanks to Georgie for the SF and GF motions!

Baillie Gifford who sponsored this year’s tournament

The competition was won by Georgie Barker and Marlena Valles.
The tournament’s Best Speaker was Amanda Moorghen.

The full tab can be found at http://www.tabbieballots.com/tabs/oxfordwomens14/

Oxford Schools Debating Competition 2014 [RESULTS]

Unfortunately I wasn’t even able to actually attend this year’s Finals which is a pity because I’ve heard that it was pretty awesome.
I did manage to fish the tab off another website (http://www.mcsoxford.org/resource.aspx?id=12310) which I hope is accurate.

Dulwich Grand Finalists: (L-R) Ronan Patrick, Louis Collier, Will Cook, Raffy Marshall

Grand Final
Motion: THBT All WW1 Centenary Commemorations Should Exclude Any References to Bravery, or Positive Experiences of Participants

Dulwich RR: Raffy Marshall, Ronan Patrick
Eton ET: Harry Elliott, Toby Tricks
Latymer Upper A: Sam Feinberg, Joe Rachman
Dulwich CC: Louis Collier, Will Cook

The Grand Final was won by Dulwich CC: Louis Collier and Will Cook

Lord Hannay of Chiswick

Helped OUUNA host it’s final speaker event of the academic year with Lord Hannay of Chiswick delivering a substantive and rather comprehensive view on the UN in the years to come. As always, the Shulman Auditorium just couldn’t stop looking great.