LAWASIA is an international organisation of lawyers’ associations, individual lawyers, judges, legal academics, and others that focus on the interests and concerns of the legal profession in the Asia Pacific region. LAWASIA facilitates its members’ participation in the most dynamic economic region in the world. Since its inception in 1966, LAWASIA has built an enviable reputation among lawyers, business people and governments, both within and outside the region, as a committed, productive and genuinely representative organisation.
The Moot Standing Committee acknowledges the importance of and observes that mooting has emerged as a critical component of legal education simply because it provides the skills training element for the fundamental skills necessary for a prospective lawyer. Indeed many leading law schools have either made mooting compulsory or forms an important part of the curriculum. Mooting offers a systematic training process of the essential skills of problem solving, legal analysis, drafting legal submissions and the development of public speaking. The ability to articulate one’s thoughts and arguments condensing disparate, often conflicting legal authorities into succinct and persuasive arguments is arguably the single most important weaponry in the lawyer’s arsenal.
Some Law Schools have yet to recognise the importance of mooting where it is considered an extracurricular activity confined to and organised by the student body. Such neglect cannot be allowed to continue if we are to raise the standards of our lawyers to meet the needs of a globalised world. We recognise that the constrains of individual Law Schools and for this reason the Committee would encourage all Law Schools not only to participate but hopes that its students would be encouraged to attend the Competition.
About the 14th LAWASIA International Moot
It is with great pleasure that we, the LAWASIA International Moot Secretariat welcome you all to the 14th anniversary of the LAWASIA International Moot Competition. A decade might not be very long time in the life of an organisation. However, during this short span, we have challenged the unchallenged and have travelled to various unchartered jurisdictions to deliver the LAWASIA International Moots along with the annual LAWASIA Conference. On our 13th Moot Competition last year, we travelled to Siem Reap, Cambodia. This year the theme for the 32nd LAWASIA Conference was that of “New Era for South East Asia”. The LAWASIA International Moot Competition continues to bring mooting into the curriculum of law schools throughout the world and to serve as a platform for friendships to be forged. It has indeed been an enjoyable journey. Over 1,100 students have taken part in the LAWASIA International Moots and our alumni come from approximately 60 law schools from 30 different jurisdictions. In this year's moot competition, students will be faced with a challenging problem with regards to International Dispute Resolution, Commercial Law and Contract Law. We look forward to seeing you in Hong Kong this year!