On Saturday 2nd December, The Moot Court Model (MCM), which is cementing its reputation as one of Egypt’s most well-established student activities, held its fourth soft opening at Cairo’s InterContinental Semiramis hotel. The event was sponsored by multiple prominent law firms including Sharkawy & Sarhan, Matouk Bassiouny, Helmy Hamza & Partners, Al Kamel, Rizkana & Partners, Sarie-Eldin & Partners, and Kosheri, Rashed & Riad. Other sponsors and supporters included RISC, MHR & partners, Hassouna & Abou Ali, and The Law magazine.
Fatima Akram, MCM’s president, gave an opening speech and her words were followed by those of Dr. Amr Abbas who, being the academic supervisor, stressed the important role MCM plays in preparing students for practical life, post-graduation. Mohamad Rasekh, one of the founders of MCM and soon to begin work as an attorney at Baker & McKenzie, also participated with a word about the idea behind starting MCM.
The rest of the evening consisted of different speakers vocally giving their support to MCM and highlighting the importance of student activities as a means for undergraduates to gain different practical and relevant skills, while simultaneously promoting a supportive student community. The list of speakers was as follows:
Mohamad El Ahwany (Al Kamel Law Firm)
Ahmad Sallam (Rizkana and Partners Attorneys at Law)
Sherry Soliman and Hassan El Rashidy (Sharkawy & Sarhan Law Firm)
Omar El Moataz Meabed (Kosheri, Rashed & Riad Law Firm)
Rana Shafeeq (Matouk Bassiouny Law Firm)
Yehia Shahine (Baker & McKenzie Law Firm)
Hoda Ahmad (The Law magazine)
Dr. Hossam El Deeb (International Criminal Bar and El Deeb Law Firm)
Dr. Ahmed El Shakankiry
In 2014, The Moot Court Model (MCM) was founded and has since grown to become a leading student activity in the Faculty of Law, English Section, Cairo University (FLES). It first started as an arbitration moot court with the goal of expanding to encompass a litigation moot court, an ICJ moot, and more. MCM aims to provide students with a taste of the practical side of the legal field and to help prepare them for their future career. To further reach this goal, different sessions are provided with the aid of an academic adviser from FLES.