In a modest ceremony, the moot courtroom of Alexander College was officially opened at midday on Tuesday, 7th July. The inauguration was made by the Presidents of the Bar Associations of Larnaca and Famagusta, Mr. Vassos Theodorou and Stavros Mavrommatis respectively. In attendance was also the Principal and CEO of Alexander College Mr. Andy Loppas, the Academic Director Mr. Nikodemos Loizou, the Director of the Alexander Research Center Mr. Costas Christodoulides and members of the academic staff.
The central idea behind the creation of the moot courtroom is to allow for a wider integration of the curriculum and offer a more comprehensive and reliable assessment of student performance. Also, in addition to theoretical training, the courtroom setting will allow for practical training and simulation of a trial in conditions reminiscent of real events. Finally, it belongs to those infrastructures that can be used as a link between the professional field and research.
In his greeting, Mr. Theodorou stressed that “the creation of the moot courtroom is particularly important for the implementation of the legal profession, as the internship is the essence of law, which brings the student closer to being able to cope with the difficult and demanding profession of law”.
The President of the Famagusta Bar Association, Mr. Mavrommatis, noted that “In the academic community, the creation of a moot court will only have a positive impact, as the theory, which is of course important, will be put into practice.” He went on to say that “moot courtrooms in every academic institution are necessary and essential in education, as long as they allow students to apply the rules in practice, to speak to persuade […] so that they are ready to fight.”
Alexander College, in its 30th year of operation, continues to offer 3-year recognized UK degrees in partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University with high quality education and excellence in teaching and research as its primary goal.