UWE Bristol law students stage mock courtroom event for school

Issue date: 05 February 2013

UWE Bristol law students will be demonstrating their knowledge of international humanitarian law to a group of A level students from the City of Bristol College on Thursday 8 February.

The law students will be running a mock trial based on the trial of Thomas Lubanga at the International Criminal Court and the A level students will have the chance to take part as lawyers, witnesses, judges and jurors, giving them an insight into the workings of a courtroom.

Once the trial is over City of Bristol students will have the opportunity to learn more about student life at UWE Bristol and find out about the range of courses and careers in Law.

Susan Heenan who is part of the Law in Acton teaching team at UWE Bristol, comments, “This is a great opportunity for A level students to experience a trial scene in UWE's fantastic mock court room. Our students have been working closely with the justice and fairness education resource developed by the Red Cross and international law firm Allen and Overy.

“It's a great event for the UWE students too as they carry out the majority of the research and preparation for the event. The project allows the community to find out more about law in action and the students are able to develop a number of skills that they can transfer to the workplace. It also gives them the opportunity to network with practicing lawyers.”

Liz Howarth, a Law teacher from City of Bristol College and alumni of UWE, said, “The students from City of Bristol are really looking forward to coming to UWE. We have been doing this activity for a number of years and I'm always thrilled to see them buzzing with excitement and chatting about what they will do next. It's also lovely to see students I've taught at A level now studying at UWE and thriving.

The University has run a series of similar events in the past with other local colleges including St Brendon's in Bristol and Weston College earlier in the year. A group of students from John Cabot Academy will attend a similar event on 18 March.

In attendance on Thursday will be Rosie Walters from the Red Cross and four barristers from St John's Chambers in Bristol.

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