La Trobe wins Moot Court

Move over University of Melbourne– La Trobe has come out on top of a fierce mooting legal competition against the states premier law students. 

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In two separate semi-final matches, both La Trobe teams beat Melbourne’s in their respective semi-finals, to take first and second place at the 2009 Castan Centre for Human Rights Moot.

Now in its third year, the Castan Centre for Human Rights Moot included competing teams from Monash, Melbourne, Deakin, Victoria and La Trobe University and required each team to appeal and respond to a various human rights issues that are regulated under the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act.

‘The student competitors were only given only a couple days to research and gain an understanding of some very complex legislation,’ said Konstantine Peter Ketsetzis, Vice-President (Competitions) of the La Trobe University Law Students' Association, who spoke on behalf of the teams.

‘Their task became more difficult as there are very few relevant cases to help them prepare their written and oral arguments. Both teams argued intensely over the human rights issues involved and eventually the two teams from La Trobe University emerged victorious.’

To have an all La Trobe final is really quite a remarkable achievement for La Trobe, as we have really established a winning culture as of late.

 First with the International win in Frankfurt, and then the equal third place finish (out of 64 teams from the world’s leading law schools – including Harvard) in Hong Kong, and now this, hopefully we will continue this trend for quite some time.

Teams were judged by a panel consisting of His Honour Justice Chris Maxwell, President of the Court of Appeal, Judge Tony Howard of the County Court and Ms Padma Raman, CEO of the Victorian Law Reform Commission and Victoria Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.

‘The competition was close and the arguments delivered from both sides were well researched and equally compelling,’ said Konstantine, adding he was impressed by how professional and articulate both sides were while giving their responses to the bench.   

As the winners of this year's moot, Mark Basile, Daniel Diaz and Aimee Chadzynski were awarded the Grand-Prize of $3000, supplied by Clayton Utz (the competition's sponsor), while runners-up Harlis Kirimof, Leigh Howard and Ben Mawby walked away with a cool $1000.