Good start to the year (Issue 8, 2009)

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Frankfurt Moot winning students Harlis Kirimof, Nicholas Gangemi and James MacDonald with their La Trobe supervisors

La Trobe School of Law started the year with a number of outstanding achievements at international moot competitions and several awards and special mentions for the participating students.

The first news about the School of Law successes came from the Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot in Germany, where the
La Trobe team won, defeating 27 teams from leading universities from all over the world.

The three winning La Trobe students, Harlis Kirimof, Nicholas Gangemi and James Macdonald, were each awarded a three-week scholarship to the Hague Academy in the Netherlands. Mr Macdonald also won the prize for Best Advocate of the competition, awarded with a full-fee scholarship to do a Master’s in International Arbitration at Queen Mary, University of London.

At the end of March, another team of La Trobe law students participated in the Willem C. Vis International Arbitration Moot in Hong Kong. The team competed against participants from leading universities such as Harvard and Freiburg, before taking third place. Daniel Diaz, one of the mooting team members, received an honourable mention throughout the competition and Cara Foot received a special mention in the semi-finals.

‘We were really proud that we came third, having prepared as a team for over five months. I’ve gained some amazing advocacy and negotiation skills, and have had the opportunity to participate in oral arguments in front of some of Melbourne’s top law firms in the lead up to the competition. As a group we would like to thank the team of staff that made this happen for us, with a special thanks to our coach Magda Karagiannis’, said Daniel Diaz who is a fourth year Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts student.

In a previous issue we told you about the two La Trobe students who were chosen to represent Australia at the 2009 Harvard University Model United Nations Conference in Boston, USA. Success followed our students there, with one of the La Trobe participants, Leigh Howard, receiving the award for ‘Most outstanding delegate’.

‘The University encourages and supports such events, both as a means of advancing student skills and helping them build professional networks in the increasingly important field of global law’, says Professor Jianfu Chen, Head of the La Trobe School of Law.

The La Trobe School of Law offers a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate programs, internships and mentoring programs. For more information visit the School of Law website.