Mooting & Debating

Throughout the academic year, King’s Inns organises a variety of debates and competitions. These events are judged by members of the judiciary and the Bar. A number of debating competitions are run within King’s Inns including the Maidens’ Moot, McCarthy Impromptu Memorial Moot and the Intervarsities. 

Workshops are held to support those participating. Like debating, mooting is actively encouraged and the in–house competitions include the Maidens’ as well as the Brian Walsh Memorial Moot. Mooters of all levels are therefore encouraged.

In support of the activities in mooting and debating King’s Inns engages the services of junior practitioners (usually past winners) to coach those participating in external competitions.

Maidens’ Moot

The Maidens’ Moot is specifically aimed at inexperienced mooters. The Applicants and Respondents have six minutes to present their arguments and then each side has two minutes for rebuttal. Participants are provided with feedback on their performance.

Brian Walsh Memorial Moot

The Brian Walsh Memorial Moot is the major in–house mooting competition and is held in memory of the late Mr. Justice Brian Walsh, a judge of the Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights. This moot, though an in–house moot, takes place in the Four Courts and is presided over by three judges from the superior courts.

Eoin Higgins Memorial Moot

The Eoin Higgins Memorial Moot is held between students of King’s Inns and the Institute of Professional Legal Studies, Queen’s University (hosted in alternate years by King’s Inns) and is judged by members of the judiciary from Northern Ireland the Republic of Ireland. There is a dedicated coach available to participants.

Bonn an Phiarsaigh (the Pearse medal) Competition

GA: Gach Feabhra, díreach roimh Dhinnéar Bliantúil Gaeilge Óstaí an Rí, reáchtáiltear ár gcomórtas díospóireachta Gaeilge agus bronntar Bonn an Phiarsaigh ar an mbuaiteoir mar aon le duais airgid. Tá na duaiseanna seo urraithe ag Gael–Linn. Is do dhaoine aonair an comórtas seo agus baineann an rún, a nochtar roimh ré, le cúrsaí reatha. Téann acmhainn an ghrinn go mór chun socair na n–iomaitheoirí.

Ainmnítear Bonn an Phiarsaigh as céimí Óstaí an Rí: an t–abhcóide, múinteoir agus oideachasóir, scríbhneoir, file, scoláire agus Uachtarán an Rialtais Shealadaigh le linn Éirí Amach 1916, Pádraig Mac Piarais, fear a throid dhá chás cearta Gaeilge sa tsean–Ard–Chúirt faoi réimeas Shasana mar abhcóide. 

EN: Every February, just before the Annual King’s Inns’ Irish language Dining, our Irish language debate is conducted and Bonn an Phiarsaigh (the Pearse medal) is awarded to the winner along with a cash prize. These prizes are sponsored by Gael–Linn. This competition is for individual competitors and the motion, which is made known in advance, relates to current events. A good sense of humour greatly aids contestants. 

Bonn an Phiarsaigh is named for the King’s Inns’ alumnus, barrister, teacher and educationalist, writer, poet, scholar and President of the Provisional Government during the Easter Rising 1916, P.H. Pearse, who fought two Irish language rights cases in the old High Court under British rule as a barrister.

Philip C Jessup International Moot Court

Philip C Jessup International Moot Court is considered to be the most prestigious international mooting competition in the world. Leading international lawyers set the question and the final stage of the moot takes place in Washington DC with, in the region of, 120 countries taking part each year. King’s Inns has represented Ireland on a number of occasions in this competition. King’s Inns arranges for a coach to be available to participants in this competition.

Telders International Moot Competition 

The Telders International Moot Competition has become the most prestigious in European moot competitions. Each year teams from over 40 universities/colleges compete in the national rounds with the successful teams going on to represent their countries at the Peace Palace in The Hague. There is a dedicated coach provided by King’s Inns for participants in this competition.

International Negotiation Competition 

The first annual International Negotiation Competition was established in 1988. Students work in two person teams to research a problem, design a negotiation strategy, adapt it to the personalities of their opponents and finally critically evaluate their own performance.

National rounds take place. The final takes place in one of the participating countries which are drawn from around the world. A dedicated coach is available for participants in this competition.

Maidens Debating Competition is an in–house competition for individual speakers. No prior experience is required and coaching workshops are organized for those participating.

Intervarsities competitions are held in an impromptu debating format. Students find the fact that they are guaranteed at least five debates in the preliminary stages a valuable learning experience.

Irish Times Debate

The Irish Times Debate is one of the best–known debating competitions in the country. It is held in its own unique format, which combines both a team and an individual competition. Participants enter the competition in teams of two with initial entrants usually over 150 teams being whittled down to four teams and four individuals. King’s Inns students participate each year and have won the competition on a number of occasions.