A University of Essex Human Rights Centre team has qualified for the oral rounds of the second LSE-Featherstone Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Moot competition. The competition will take place on 3rd to 4th March 2017 at the London School of Economics. The Essex team consist of postgraduate students Luiza Drummond Veado, Fredrik Aahsberg and Angela Giannini. The coaches are PhD students Paulina Jimenez Fregoso and Alan Msosa.
The competition is named in honour of Baroness Lynne Featherstone, who is recognized for her role in campaigning for LGBT rights internationally. It is primarily aimed at providing law students with an opportunity to learn more about sexual orientation and gender identity issues in relation to law, to strengthen their advocacy skills, and to facilitate networking with peers and legal professionals. To qualify for the oral rounds, teams are required to submit skeleton arguments.
The oral rounds take place alongside networking events where participants attend workshops, group discussions and other events. Participants to the events include LGBT and LGBT-ally students, campaigners, practitioners, and members of the judiciary.
This competition will focus on LGBT asylum and immigration concerns. The case concerns an asylum appeal in relation to an African citizen seeking asylum in the United Kingdom on grounds of persecution based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
The University of Essex Human Rights Centre is has a global reputation as a leader in the field of human rights research, practice, and education. The team’s participation is part of efforts to encourage practice-led education in order to prepare students with skills relevant to current global human rights problems.
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