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A group of law students from Sheffield are preparing to put their debating skills to the test in a competition that will take them to the other side of the world.

The students from Sheffield Hallam University will travel to Phnom Penh in Cambodia to take part in an international debating competition against teams from all around the globe.

Rochelle Mackenzie-McQueen, originally from London, Tomas Jackson, from Chester, and Hiral Desai, from Leicester, could bag themselves 2,000,000 Cambodian riels (£315) if they see off competition from teams from Vietnam, the USA, Cambodia and the UK.

The competition will focus on debates around climate change, tackling issues such as whether developed countries are responsible for global warming.

Christopher Riley, senior lecturer in law at Sheffield Hallam, said: "The ability to put forward a clear and compelling argument is crucial for a lawyer.

"This competition, which attracts teams from all over the world, will provide the students with an excellent opportunity to hone their debating skills against teams from different cultures."

For press information: contact Tess Humphrys in the University’s press office on 0114 225 4025 or email