The College’s Law students are amongst the most active and successful in the University – and graduates of Hughes Hall can be found in major legal firms, practices, and judiciaries worldwide. The College holds its own mooting competitions, and a college team won the University’s Intercollegiate Mooting Competition in 2015. The Cambridge University team in the prestigious Willem C. Vis International Moot Court Competition included two Hughes Hall undergraduate students – Jian Wei Aw and Sheena Wong – and emerged as the highest ranked UK team in the 2015 competition.
A number of college Fellows active in the Legal domain have an interest in International Law, alongside their broader research, teaching and practice. Dr Markus Gehring is University Lecturer in the Faculty of Law, as well as Deputy Director of the Centre for European Legal Studies, and a Fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre – he is also the College’s Director of Studies for Law. Dr John Barker is a Fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre and was formerly Chairman of the Foreign Compensation Commission in the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Dr Barker is establishing the Cambridge Governance Labs, an initiative that seeks to integrate knowledge and practice in the field of decision-making.
The College’s Honorary Fellows include Lord Philips of Worth Matravers, one of Britain’s most senior judges, the Rt Hon Dame Janet Smith, a former Judge of the High Court and Court of Appeal, and Judge Evan Wallach, a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
In addition to the College mooting competition, the Law Group in College has a programme of ‘fireside chats’ with academics and practitioners in the field, and holds the annual Charnley Law Dinner.