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How to MootA Student Guide to Mooting

How to Moot: A Student Guide to Mooting (2nd edn)

John Snape and Gary Watt
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date: 02 June 2023

4. Choice and use of authoritieslocked

4. Choice and use of authoritieslocked

  • John SnapeJohn SnapeAssociate Professor in Law, University of Warwick
  •  and Gary WattGary WattReader and Associate Professor in Law, University of Warwick


This chapter focuses on the main tool of the mooter's trade — case authorities. It provides answers to the following questions: What is ‘exchange of authorities’ and is it appropriate to rely on the opponent's authorities? How should authorities be chosen? How should authorities be cited? Should research be delegated to others? Can other people's ideas be used? Should help be sought from tutors? In what ways can the law library be used in preparing for a moot presentation? What is the difference between square and round brackets in a case citation? How should electronic information resources be used? When and how should overseas authorities be referred to? What does the Latin mean in a law report? How can old cases be obtained? Is an authority ever too old to use? In addition to reading a report of a judgment of a case, should counsels' arguments also be read?

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