The La Trobe Law School’s moot team – Emma Hollis, Emma Lappin and Uday Sharma – are set to compete in the Vis Moot in Hong Kong in March.
“The Vis Moot is the world's most prestigious private international law mooting competition,” explains Dean of the La Trobe Law School, Professor Fiona Kelly.
Hundreds of universities from around the world, and thousands of Law students, participate in the Vis each year – a mock-arbitration competition requiring students to research international commercial arbitration and the international sale of goods.
“Students must apply these laws to a hypothetical case between two private companies from different states, prepare two sets of written legal arguments (one for each side in the dispute), and then prepare for the oral rounds where they will be arguing the case against law schools from around the world,” says Professor Kelly.
The Law School hope to build on their proud tradition of success at Vis Moot. “In previous years, our teams have reached the finals and won speaker and memoranda awards,” says Professor Kelly. “We hope to achieve a similar outcome this year.”
While the preparation has been intensive, Emma, Emma and Uday believe the competition has given them skills and knowledge that will be useful long after the competition is over.
“Juggling clerkships, exams, young children and work, we have achieved so much already since October, including finishing two 60+ page written submissions and the immense research and countless hours required for these,” the team says.
“The written, oral, teamwork and advocacy skills we are learning will be invaluable in our future careers in law.”
Professor Kelly agrees.
“Participation in moots represents a unique opportunity to develop highly advanced written, oral advocacy and legal teamwork skills in a focused and personalised experiential learning environment,” she says.
“Mooting sets our students up for future career success.”
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