Published: 19 December 2016 at 14:13
Anglia Ruskin Law students enjoy winning start in national mooting competition
Talented students from Afghanistan and Ukraine are proudly displaying their knowledge of the English legal system in a national competition.
Hameeda Hussani and Meriam Altaf, who study at Anglia Ruskin University, have already beaten a team from the University of East Anglia in the UK Law Students Association National Moot Competition, and are now preparing for the second round in January.
Hameeda, who is now 22, left Kabul as a 13-year-old. As a girl growing up in Afghanistan, she had never attended school and arrived in the UK unable to speak any English.
Hameeda’s family settled in Peterborough, where she enrolled at Stanground Academy School, and is now a third year Law LLB student at Anglia Ruskin in Cambridge.
Meriam arrived in the UK aged 16 to attend Fyling Hall School in Robin Hood’s Bay, North Yorkshire. Originally from Odessa in Ukraine, the 21-year-old is also a third year Law LLB student, and is representing Anglia Ruskin in the competition for the second time.
Meriam was part of the Anglia Ruskin team that beat King’s College London in the first round of the competition last year. This year she is hoping to go all the way to the final, as well as participate with Hameeda in the National Dublin Moot Competition in February.
Meriam and Hameeda are being helped in their preparations by fellow student Sarah-Jane Hounsell, the Anglia Law Society President. All three third-year students hope to pursue careers as barristers and are applying to Inns of Court.
Tom Serby, module leader for Civil Litigation at Anglia Ruskin and LLM course leader, said: