La Trobe in Human Rights Moot Finals

LTU Law Team accepting their Grand Finalists Cheque (from left to right : Patrick Dacaya, Alana Thompson and Jessica Connolly)
La Trobe University Law School, has again reached the finals of the prestigious Australian Mooting competition.  

LTU Law Team accepting their Grand Finalists Cheque (from left to right : Patrick Dacaya, Alana Thompson and Jessica Connolly)On Monday 20 August the grand final of the Castan Human Rights Moot was held in the Red Court of the Victorian Supreme Court of Appeal.  The grand finalists were from La Trobe Law School and Sydney University Law School.  After a hard fought and close battle, Sydney prevailed.
From 10-20 August the La Trobe Law team members Alana Thompson, Patrick Dacaya and Jessica Connolly prepared for the moot and competed in the preliminary rounds, succeeding against Monash University and Victoria University on the way to the grand final. 
‘The Castan moot was a wonderful opportunity to begin a dialogue with fellow students and professionals about human rights’ said student Jess Connolly 

‘The judges imparted an important lesson for us to carry in to legal practice: Always ask yourself, without the law, without the technicalities, ‘is this right?’ - and you will find your answer.’ 

The Castan Centre Human Rights Moot Competition, sponsored by Clayton Utz, aims to raise awareness amongst the next generation of legal practitioners of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (Vic) and its impact upon Victorian legislation. 

The 2012 hypothetical problem considered whether a provision in the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008 (Vic) denying persons with a certain criminal history (and their partners) access to in vitro fertilisation (IVF) infringed upon human rights. 

The problem also raised discrimination against those with a history of mental illness and the rights of an unborn child. The issue is topical as the case of ABY, ABZ v Patient Review Panel awaits judgment from the Supreme Court on whether to grant a registered sex offender and his partner access to IVF.

‘Her honour was impressed by our partner Alana's ability to remind the court that this case, as with most cases, was actually about people and their hardships.’ said student Patrick Dacaya.

‘When Justice Hampel pointed it out it dawned on me how quickly I had forgotten this and simply argued the black letter of the law. I was especially annoyed with myself because the aspect of humanity was the reason for my initial interest in human rights law. Never again.’ 

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