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International law competition success for two Ellon graduates

By David Porter

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Two students from the University of Aberdeen Law School have taken a respectable third place after representing Scotland in an international competition

Diploma in Legal Practice (DPLP) student Katrina Hall, from Tipperty, and Alexander Owen, from Ellon had made their way to the international final event after triumphing against teams from the Universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Strathclyde at the Scottish National DPLP Negotiation competition in April.

The teams had to conduct mock negotiation exercises relating to partnership and lease disputes and were scored across the two scenarios on their preparation, conduct of the negotiation and post-negotiation reflection.

Katrina and Alexander then participated last week in the online International Negotiation Competition, hosted by the National University of Singapore and the Singapore International Mediation Institute.

The competition is the oldest and most renowned inter-university competition, which focuses on international legal negotiation for law students from all over the world.

The duo were coached by DPLP tutors Linda Fyffe and Jo Hardie, and Dr Susan Stokeld.

Dr Stokeld said: “We are all extremely proud of Katrina and Alexander, who worked really hard to get through to the International Negotiation Competition.

"We would like to acknowledge the success of our graduates for their fantastic achievement of third place in the Competition last week which was hosted by the National University of Singapore and Singapore International Mediation Institute.

"On behalf of the School, I would like to congratulate Alex and Katrina for their success.

"This is an extraordinary achievement for our students and School of Law in an international forum"

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