The George Hinde Moot final is one of the highlights of our School of Law calendar, named in memory of a much-loved Professor at the School of Law. The competition has been established for more than 40 years and provides undergraduate students with ‘real-world experience’ as well as an invaluable insight into advocacy and the Bar.
This year’s final will be held in The Octagon, Queens' Building on Wednesday 27 March at 17:30. Doors will open from 17:00. Following the moot, we will hold speeches and a food and drinks reception to celebrate the accomplishments of the finalists.
We are thrilled to announce that Lord Hoffmann will judge the George Hinde Moot this year.
Lord Hoffmann joined Queen Mary in June 2009 as Honorary Professor of Intellectual Property Law, following his retirement as a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary.
The last fourteen years of his judicial career were spent as a Law Lord, prior to which he was a member of the Court of Appeal between 1992 and 1995 and a High Court Judge in the Chancery Division between 1985-1992. He remains an active arbitrator and mediator and continues to be a non-permanent judge of the Court of Final Appeal of Hong Kong.
He attended the University of Cape Town and then Queen's College, Oxford, as a Rhodes scholar and won the Vinerian Scholarship. He was called to the bar by Gray’s Inn in 1964 and became Queen’s Counsel in 1977.
In his judicial career he gave judgments which have shaped modern English law, ranging from the reading of arbitration clauses and patent specifications to the scope of the Convention rights under the Human Rights Act. His unrivalled knowledge and experience of law means that his contribution is felt across the whole of the School of Law.
A moot is a mock trial, which gives students real-world experience in arguing cases before QMUL Law academics, Barristers and members of the Judiciary. Participants are expected to present and defend legal arguments under court room conditions. Hundreds of students in the Mooting Society compete through six competition rounds including the quarter-finals and semi-finals leading to the George Hinde Moot Final, the culmination of the competition.
Each year, there are two trophies given to the winners of the competition. The first is the George Hinde Moot trophy, presented to the overall winner of the Mooting Competition. The second is the Yeats and Lane trophy, offered to the first year student who has come the furthest in the competition.
Professor George Hinde (1929 – 2014) was a much-loved Professor at the School of Law. Hailing from New Zealand, Professor Hinde was integral in the foundation of the mooting competition in the 1970’s. The George Hinde Moot is held in every year to remember his enduring influence at our institution.