School of Law - reach semi-finals

School of Law 2009 moot team

School of Law 2009 moot team

The La Trobe Vis Moot Team (from left to right): Konstantine Ketsetzis, Michelle Ward, Daniel Diaz, Cara Foot (absent Paul Romas)

Students at La Trobe University’s School of Law have added another accolade to their growing list of achievements by being the only Australian Law team to reach the semi-finals of the annual Willem C. Vis (East) International Arbitration Moot held in Hong Kong from the 23-29 March.

The students competed in a simulated court proceeding (moot) against 500 students from 64 universities across the globe. In the general rounds the team battled against a number of the world’s leading universities including Harvard and Freiburg, before proudly taking joint third place. Other Australian university contenders included Monash, Deakin, Griffith and Bond.

The School of Law’s team consisted of 5 students: Daniel Diaz, Cara Foot, Michelle Ward, Paul Romas and Konstantine Ketsetzis.

“Reaching the semi-finals of this international competition is part of a very successful start to the year for the School of Law, with our law students winning the prestigious Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot in Germany earlier in the year,” said Head of the School of Law, Professor Jianfu Chen.

“Our students were also recognised for their excellent advocacy with Daniel Diaz receiving an honourable mention throughout the competition and Cara Foot receiving a special mention in the semi-finals,” he added.

Fourth year Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws student, Daniel Diaz, (21), from North Fitzroy said that preparing for the moot was  an “amazing journey” for the whole team.

“We are really proud that we came in joint 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 Karagiannakis,” said Daniel.