UNSW Private Law Moot

Sponsored by Allen & Overy

The grand finalists of the 2019 UNSW Private Law Moot, from the University of Sydney (left) and University of Technology, Sydney (right), with The Honourable Justice Julie Ward (New South Wales Supreme Court); Jessica Hudson (UNSW Law); John Samaha (Partner, Allen & Overy).

The grand finalists of the 2019 UNSW Private Law Moot, from the University of Sydney (left) and University of Technology, Sydney (right), with The Honourable Justice Julie Ward (New South Wales Supreme Court); Jessica Hudson (UNSW Law); John Samaha (Partner, Allen & Overy).

The UNSW Private Law Moot, sponsored by Allen & Overy, is a prestigious intervarsity mooting competition, bringing together some of the best mooters from Australia and around the world to compete at the University of New South Wales in Sydney.

Unlike any other mooting competition in Australia, the moot focuses specifically on private law and commercial topics. Competitors have the opportunity to demonstrate commerciality and a deep interest in private law. Previous problem questions have covered equity and trusts, corporations law and contracts.

The 2019 competition included four preliminary rounds of mooting held at the University of New South Wales Kensington Campus in Sydney. These were followed by a semi-final and a grand final at Allen & Overy Sydney, presided over by the Honourable Justice Julie Ward, Jessica Hudson and John Samaha. There was also a networking and cocktail event for all competitors, where prizes were presented, and other social events.

The 2019 competition was held at UNSW from Saturday, May 25 to Monday, May 27. The dates for the 2020 competition have not yet been finalised, but will likely be around the same period.

Registration and Expressions of Interest

Team registrations for the 2020 competition have not yet begun. If your team or university would like to express interest in entering the 2020 competition, please complete this form.

Teams can comprise between two and four students, and each team may be supported by one coach. In order to be eligible to compete in the final rounds, a team must contain at least one member who identifies as female or non cis-male. 

Equity Grants

For teams with students who wish to compete but are unable to obtain funding for registration or flights/accommodation, we anticipate that equity grants will be available again in 2020 to cover the registration costs of the competition. Individual circumstances will be judged on an application basis.

More information and applications for equity grants are available below:

Applications for 2020 equity grants will open in 2020.

2019 Competition Results

  • Champions: Team 8 (University of Technology, Sydney)

  • Runners-up: Team 10 (University of Sydney)

  • Best Speaker in the Grand Final: Grace Wade (Team 8 – University of Technology, Sydney)

  • Best Speaker in the Preliminary Rounds: Jonathan Tan (Team 1 – National University of Singapore)

  • Best Appellant and Respondent Written Submissions: Team 7 (Singapore Management University)

  • Semi-Finalists: Team 2 (Melbourne Law School) and Team 4 (University of New South Wales)

  • Spirit of the Moot Award: Team 13 (University of Tasmania) 

2019 Key Dates

  • Thursday 21 March – registrations open

  • Monday 15 April (5pm AEST) – deadline for equity grant submissions

  • Friday 19 April – release of equity grant decisions

  • Monday 22 April (5pm AEST) – TEAM REGISTRATION DEADLINE

  • Monday 22 April – release of problem question

  • Monday 29 April (5pm AEST) – deadline for requests for clarifications

  • Wednesday 1 May – release of any responses to requests for clarifications

  • Monday 20 May (5pm AEST) – deadline for submission of written submissions

  • Tuesday 21 May – teams receive opposing written submissions for preliminary rounds; judges receive written submissions

  • Saturday 25 – Monday 27 May – Competition Dates

Competitor Resources

2019 Problem Question: The 2019 moot problem is available below. The Convenors thank Professor Simone Degeling for writing the problem question.

Competition Rules: The 2019 Competition Rules are available here:

Contact

If you have any questions regarding registration, or about the UNSW Private Law Moot, please contact Rebecca Zhong and Isabel Chong, the 2019 competition convenors, at privatelawmoot@unsw.edu.au