Past Moot Competitions
Report on The 9th LAWASIA International Moot Competition 2014
The 9th LAWASIA International Moot Competition held in Bangkok, Thailand between 3rd – 5th October 2014 was another success brought about by all who had put in their effort, time and commitment. This year, we had the privilege of having Chulalongkorn University Thailand, one of the country's most prestigious universities to host for the event.
The 9th edition of the Competition had attracted a total of 10 participating teams from Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and the United States of America.
This year, we were extremely honoured to have invited some highly distinguished members of the legal fraternity presiding as moot judges. Among them were Justice Dato’ Mah Weng Kwai, Court of Appeal Judge from Malaysia, Judge Marilyn Cassidy from Cleveland Municipal Court Ohio, Judge Jennifer P. Humiding a Regional Trial Court Judge of the Republic of the Philippines, Mr Tada Sastarasatit, former judge sitting in various courts in Thailand and Mr Stephen Hung, President of the Law Society of Hong Kong,
The Final Round of the Competition was held at Chatrium Hotel Riverside and we are honored to have Professor Datuk Sundra Rajoo, Director of Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre For Arbitration (KLRCA) from Malaysia, Mr Isomi Suzuki, President of LAWASIA and Professor Vitit Muntarbhorn from the Faculty of Law of Chulalongkorn University presided as judges of the Final Round.
Moot Judges were truly impressed by the performance of the participants and they were highly commended. To echo the words of one of the moot judge, Mr Justin Dowd, former President of the Law Society of NSW, “As we have come to expect, but not take for granted, the standard was extremely high and it was next to impossible to judge winners and losers”.
LAWASIA observes that mooting has emerged as a critical component of legal education as it provides the skills training element for the fundamental skills necessary for a prospective lawyer and for this year, 2014, Singapore Management University emerged as Champion over the Chinese University of Hong Kongfor the LAWASIA Trophy for Best Oralist.
Mohammad Muzhaffar Bin Omar from Singapore Management University was adjudged the winner of the Mah Weng Kwai Trophy for Best Mooter for his eloquent mooting skills as well as his capability in articulating his thoughts and arguments which is a very important quality of lawyer.
The LAWASIA Trophy for Best Memorial went to INTI University from Malaysia for an outstanding written submission.
The Committee had awarded one of the two special prizes, “The Spirit of LAWASIA Team Award”, for the team that had best reflects the ideals, values, virtues of fair play, camaraderie, magnanimity and generosity in a competition environment and this went to Monash University Australia.
“The LAWASIA Best Endeavour Prize” is awarded to the team that overcame challenges, difficulties and obstacles to compete in this competition. This was awarded to Hidayatulah National Law University, Raipur, India.
The success of this year’s competition represented the culmination of our most valued moot judges comprising of members of academia, senior lawyers and practitioners of International Law Firms as well as those in private practice, Honourable Judges and Magistrates, speakers and delegates of the LAWASIA Conference who had taken their time off from their busy schedules to join us. This gesture of warm embrace had brought about the success of the competition as a whole.
Last but not least, we thank each and every single obliging member of the organising committee and student volunteers that had dedicated their time and for helping us to reach another milestones.
May we all cherish the memories of this year’s competition and see you all in Sydney for the 10th LAWASIA International Moot!
Brief Report on the 5th LAWASIA InternationalMoot Competition 2010
The 5th edition of the LAWASIA International Moot Competition that was heldin New Delhi in conjunction with the 23rd LAWASIA Conference from 11th - 14thNovember 2010 with a total of 13 participating teams from Australia, China,Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Nepal, South Korea , United Kingdom and Vietnam.
The Preliminary and Semi-Final Rounds of the Competition were held at The IndianLaw Institute and Final Round being held at the India Habitat Centre. This year’smoot competition forum was a matter before The International Court Of Arbitrationinvolves matters relating to International Law and the Law of Intellectual Property.
This year, we were honoured to have some highly distinguished members of thelegal fraternity presiding as moot judges. Among them were Justice VipinSanghi from India, Justice Dr Haji Hamid Sultan Bin Abu Backerfrom Malaysia, His Honour Judge Marshall Phillip Irwin fromAustralia, Mr Ragunath KesavanChairman of Malaysian Bar, MrIsomi Suzuki Vice President of LAWASIA and Mr Raoul GiudesVice President of Queensland Law Society.
The success of the competition represented the culmination of our most valuedmoot judges comprising of members of academia, senior lawyers and practitionersof International Law Firms as well as those in private practice, HonourableJudges and Magistrates, speakers and delegates of the 23rd LAWASIA Conferencewho had taken their off from their busy schedules to join us. This gesture ofwarm embrace had brought about the success of the competition as a whole.
Moot Judges were truly impressed by the performance of all the participantsand they were highly commended. To simply echo this: “Thelawyer’s brief is like the surgeon’s knife, dissecting the wholeinside of a question, and with it all the process of digestion.” by LordByron (1788-1824), Don Juan, canto X, ST, XIV. Here, the mooters,armed with them not only the very well prepared scripts of arguments but anabundance of wise thoughts and ideas, handled the moot judges with confidencein a dazzling array of fine presentations.
We were extremely fortunate to witness their courage and their determined effortswhich have not been in vain and with that, we are honoured to witness this incrediblecreation of the new generation of young lawyers.
LAWASIA observes that mooting has emerged as a critical component of legaleducation as it provides the skills training element for the fundamental skillsnecessary for a prospective lawyer and for this year, 2010, NationalLaw University, Delhi India emerged as Champion by a slim margin overthe Advance Tertiary College, Malaysia for The LAWASIATrophy for Best Oralist.
Kenneth Koh Zhong Wey from Advance Tertiary College,Malaysia was adjudged the winner of the Mah Weng Kwai Trophyfor Best Mooter for his eloquent mooting skills as well as his capabilityin articulating his thoughts and arguments condensing disparate, conflictinglegal authorities into succinct and persuasive arguments in a professional,gracious, persuasive, and congenial demeanor which is a very important qualityof a lawyer.
Proudly, The LAWASIA Trophy for Best Memorial went to BPPLaw School from United Kingdom for an outstanding written submission.
The Committee had awarded one of the two special prizes, “TheSpirit of LAWASIA Team Award”, for the team that had best reflectsthe ideals, values, virtues of fair play, camaraderie, magnanimity and generosityin a competition environment and without hesitation, this went to HoChi Minh City University of Law whom also been awarded the same lastyear during the 4th LAWASIA International Moot Competition 2009.
“The LAWASIA Best Endeavour Prize” is awardedto the team that overcame challenges, difficulties and obstacles to competein this competition. This award went to Kathmandu School Of Law, Nepalfor we have witnessed courage in the face of adversity, honour in defeat andfaith in despair. Despite their inexperience and limited usage of the language,they demonstrated courage, determination and dignity against the odds to perseverein doing their best.
Last but not least, in appreciation of each and every single obliging memberof the organising committee and student volunteers that had dedicated theirtime of hard work diligently, passionately and kept their faith and strengthof endless support to commit to a same mission, that is, the success of thecompetition.
May we all cherish the memories of this year’s competition that we hadspent together and see you all in Seoul, Korea for the 6th LAWASIA InternationalMoot!
Brief Report on the 4th LAWASIA MootCompetition 2009
The 4th LAWASIA International Moot Competition held in Ho Chi Minh Cityin conjunction with the 22nd LAWASIA Conference from 9th - 12th November2009 ended successfully with a remarkable 18 teams from Australia , China, Hong Kong , India , Malaysia , Philippines , Singapore , South Korea, United States of America and Vietnam.
Ho Chi Minh City, University of Law was the Host University of the competition.This year’s moot competition forum was an arbitral tribunal andthe moot problem involves matters relating to the International Law incultural heritage protection and the Law of the Sea.
This year, we were extremely honoured to have invited some of the distinguishedmembers of the Judiciary from different countries presiding as moot judges.Among them were The Hon. Chief Justice Robert French from Australia, JusticeVichai Ariyanuntaka from Thailand, The Rt Hon Justice Tan Sri Arifin binZakaria from Malaysia, Chief Federal Magistrate John Pascoe AO from Australia,FederalMagistrate Paul Howard from Australia, Judge Marshall Irwin from Australiaand Judge Marilyn B Cassidy from the United States of America.
Moot Judges were truly impressed by the performance of all the participantsand they were highly commended. Simply to echo the positive comment ofChief Federal Magistrate John Pascoe AO, ‘I was very impressedby the high standard of presentation, especially as English was a secondlanguage for many of the participants. Their skill, dedication and capacityto deal with complex issues were outstanding.’
Advanced Tertiary College from Malaysia emerged as champion for boththe LAWASIA Challenge Trophy and LAWASIA Trophy for the Best Memorial.
Mr Jules Moxon from University of Queensland was adjudged the winnerof the Mah Weng Kwai Challenge Trophy for Best Mooter for his eloquentmooting skills as well as his capability in articulating his thoughtsand arguments.
The Committee had awarded two special prizes, “The Spirit of LAWASIA”,for the team that overcame challenges, difficulties and obstacles to competein the competition and “The Best Endeavour Award”, to theteam that had best reflects the ideals, values, virtues of fair play,camaraderie, magnanimity and generosity in a competition environment.Both these prizes went to the Ho Chi Minh City University of Law in recognitionof their perseverance and tenacity in overcoming the odds.
The 4th LAWASIA International Moot Competition 2009 is an Internationaleffort across boundaries. The LAWASIA Moot Standing Committee workingout of Kuala Lumpur with the Host University and for the first time internationalsstudent volunteers coming together to work with local student volunteerswas an immensely satisfying International effort in capacity building.
The 4th LAWASIA International Moot Competition 2009 was a resoundingsuccess making this arguably the best edition thus far in the series ofthe LAWASIA International Moot Competitions!
Brief Report on the 3rd LAWASIA MootCompetition 2008
The University of Hong Kong emerged as champions by a slim margin over theUniversity of the Philippines for the LawAsia Challenge Trophy, at the 3rdLAWASIA Moot Competition.
The Chair of the LAWASIA Moot Committee, Mr Raphael Tay commented that anumber of eminent lawyers who had the arduous task of judging the Competitiontold him that they had found the quality of the participants at this year'smoot to be of the highest calibre they had ever encountered in their yearsof judging moot competitions.
The charming and elegant Christopher Louie Ocampo from Philippines was adjudgedthe winner of the Mah Weng Kwai Trophy for Best Mooter. Christopher saidthat he had found the experience very enriching, and commented that thecompetition was a fun-filled one.
Mooting requires an ability to articulate one's thoughts and arguments condensingdisparate, conflicting legal authorities into succinct and persuasive argumentsin a congenial demeanour.
Christopher has been described as an "excellent speaker" who displayed "excellentpoise and smooth presentation", who was "thoroughly prepared and knew hisfacts and law very well".
His coach, Professor Rowena Daroy Morales, commented that the LawAsia mootcompetition was comparable to the Philip C. Jessup International Law MootCourt Competition.
Given the preponderance of written submissions in Malaysia nowadays, itwas perhaps unsurprising that the home team from the Universiti KebangsaanMalaysia won the Lawasia Trophy for the Best Memorial.
The Committee awarded two special prizes, partly based on votes of the participatingteams themselves. Runners Up, the University of the Philippines, were awardedthe Spirit of LawAsia award for best reflecting the ideals, values, virtuesof fair play, camaraderie, magnanimity and generosity in a competitive environment.
The Best Endeavour Award for the team that overcame challenges, difficultiesand obstacles in order to participate in this competition went to the NationalLaw School of India University, Bangalore, who had competed without a coachand practiced and travelled to Malaysia on their own.
Ms Rajeswari Kanniah, of the Host University Taylor's University CollegeKuala Lumpur, said "It has been a pleasure to be able to host, althoughit was quite a monumental task especially for the students who had a funand wonderful experience, especially as they also had an opportunity tohave full access to the Conference."
The University of Hong Kong were represented by Ng Chung Yan, Ernest andLaw Wai Shan, Deanna and coached by Oliver Jones.
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BriefReport on the 2nd LAWASIA Moot Competition 2007
The 2nd LAWASIA Moot Competition was held in conjunction with the 20th LAWASIABiennial Conference at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC)on the 6 and 7 of June 2007. The University of Hong Kong Faculty of Lawwas the host of the Competition and the Law Society of Hong Kong was theofficial sponsor. The topic of the Moot Problem was on Cross-border ChildAbduction.
A total of eleven (11) teams from universities in nine countries/regionsin Asia Pacific participated in the Competition this year. The teams camefrom Tsinghua University, China; the University of Hong Kong; National LawSchool of India University, Bangalore, India; the University of Jammu, India;Konkuk University, Korea; Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Malaysia; Taylor'sUniversity College of Malaysia; Kathmandu School of Law, Nepal; Ateneo deManila University, Phillipines; Moscow State University, Russia; and SriLanka Law School.
Each team mooted twice in the General Rounds held on 6 June 2007, once ascounsel for the Applicant and once as counsel for the Respondent. The performancesof all participants were highly commended by the judges.
The four (4) teams that proceeded to the Semi-Final Rounds held on 7 June2007 were Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Taylor's University Collegeof Malaysia, Sri Lanka Law School and The University of Hong Kong. Of thefour teams, Taylor's University College of Malaysia and The University ofHong Kong received higher scores in the Semi-Final Rounds and advanced tothe Final Round.
For the Final Round of the Competition, we were extremely honoured to havethe Right Honourable Dame Sian Elias, GNZM, Chief Justice of New Zealand,the Honourable Chief Justice Gleeson AC, Chief Justice of Australia andthe Honourable Mr. Justice Bokhary, Permanent Judge of the Court of FinalAppeal of Hong Kong, presiding as judges.
The University of Hong Kong acted as counsel for the Applicant and Taylor'sUniversity College of Malaysia acted as counsel for the Respondent.
The University of Hong Kong emerged as the winner of the competition withonly two points separating the scores. Mr Randy Shek of the University ofHong Kong received the highest score in the General Rounds and won the BestMooter award.
This LAWASIA Moot Competition was sponsored by the Law Society of Hong Kong.
The members of the Advocacy & Mooting Society who volunteered as court bailiffsare Calvin Ma, Leo Li, Michele Chan, Paul Mok, Bonita Wong, James Yeung,James Wong and Fiona Lai.
Brief Report on the 1st LAWASIA Moot Competition 2005
The inaugural LAWASIA Moot Competition was held in Gold Coast, Australia.
In its first year, the moot was open to teams from universities in LAWASIAMember countries. Dr. Ros Macdonald of QUT School of Law was the LAWASIAMoot Coordinator. Seven teams travelled to the Gold Coast, and not withoutdifficulties, such as troubles with visas and flight delays.
Teams came from the HuaZhong University of Science and Technology LawSchool (HUST), China; the University of Hong Kong; Hidayatullah NationalLaw University, Raipur, India; Sri Lanka National Law College; the Universityof Malaya, Malaysia; International Islamic University of Malaysia; andthe University of Western Australia.
The semifinalists in the inaugural ABA LAWASIA Moot were the Universityof Hong Kong, International Islamic University of Malaysia, the Universityof Malaya and the University of Western Australia.
From the semifinals, the University of Hong Kong team and the Universityof Western Australia team competed in the final.
The Finals judges, Justice Santosi Hegde, Justice Garry Downes and JudgeMichael Rackemann unanimously decided that the winner of the Final wasthe University of Hong Kong.
The Hong Kong team was Ms. Leona Cheung, Ms. Queenie Lau, and Ms. AsaCollett, coached by Dr. Hong Xue.
The University of Western Australia team was Mr. Chris Pearce, Mr. GeoffKuehne and Mr. Andrew Lodder.