• The Mooting courtroom at UQ. Photo credit: University of QueenslandThe Mooting courtroom at UQ. Photo credit: University of Queensland

Mooting team from the University of Queensland crowned world champions

The University of Queensland is celebrating a new world championship title after it’s team won the 2014 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in Washington DC, USA.

The team - Emily Chalk, Camille Boileau, Hugo Clark-Ryan, Abbey Mawby and Lisa Lee – from UQ’s school of Law, won the prestigious world title after competing against university teams from around the World.  They also claimed awards for the Best Overall Applicant, and Best Speaker in the Final, presented to Emily Chalk.

More than 600 teams from 85 countries take part in the competition’s regional rounds each year. The Australian regional rounds take place at the High Court of Australia in Canberra, where the UQ team secured its spot to compete in championship rounds held in Washington.

Mooting is the oral presentation of a legal and, sometimes, factual issue or problem against an opposing counsel before a judge, tribunal member or arbitrator. It resembles the experience that a student can expect to have in a court, tribunal or arbitral proceedings after qualifying as a lawyer. This annual competition requires mooting teams to solve an international controversy based on a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations.

In 2014, the problem concerned a conflict arising from maritime development and conservation, and involved criminal jurisdiction and maritime salvage rights.

If you are interested in studying Law university in Australia or New Zealand, contact Study Options for a course list.  The University of Queensland are one of the universities who will be represented at the Study Options Open Days in June 2014.  Visit the Study Options Open Days website for more information about these events and to register.

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