Law students on top of the world

School of Law 2009 Moot team
La Trobe Law has started the year with wins in two major international student competitions.

School of Law 2009 moot team 

Photo left to right: Harlis Kirimof, Nicholas Gangemi, Professor William Park, James MacDonald and Richard Lightfoot (La Trobe’s coach)


The University’s Mooting Team has just won the prestigious Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot in Germany, beating 27 teams from leading universities in the US, Europe and Asia.

In the final rounds the La Trobe team defeated City University Hong Kong, which came second, and six other universities from the US, UK, Germany and Ecuador, including George Washington University and Georgetown University.

Established in 2007, the Moot provides students with the opportunity to develop expertise in international investment arbitration, one of the major growth areas of international law.

All of the three winning team members – James MacDonald and Harlis Kirimof who were the oralists in the final, and Nicholas Gangemi – have each been awarded a three-week scholarship to The Hague Academy, in the Netherlands.

Mr McDonald also won the Dewey & LeBoeuf prize for Best Advocate at the Moot, receiving a full fee scholarship to do his Masters in International Arbitration at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary, University of London.

Mr McDonald, from Essendon is in his second-last year of a double degree in Law / International Relations., Mr Kirimof, a third year Law / International relations student, comes from Nunawading and Mr Gangemi, from Avondale Heights, is in the final year of a four year undergraduate law course.

Competing nations at Frankfurt were Australia, Brazil, Ecuador, France (2 teams), Germany (4 teams), Hong Kong, India (3 teams), Nepal, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom (4 teams), United States (5 teams).

Another La Trobe Law student, Leigh Howard, was awarded ‘Most Outstanding Delegate’ at the 2009 Harvard University Model United Nations Conference held in Boston, USA, in January.

The four-day conference was attended by 2600 students from more than 30 countries and included Ivy League universities such as Yale, Chicago and Pennsylvania. It deliberated on issues of international concern, testing students’ negotiation skills and their debating abilities.

Mr Howard, a final year double degree student in Law and International Relations, lives in Eltham. Two other students from La Trobe University were also selected to attend the Model UN Conference.

Head of the La Trobe Law School, Professor Jianfu Chen, congratulated the students on their achievements and stressed the importance of such international experience.

“The University encourages and supports such events, both as a means of advancing students skills and helping them build professional networks in the increasingly important field of global law. This kind of international recognition also promotes the reputation of the University and the School globally,” he said.

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