External Mooting Opportunities

For more information, please contact Chris at external.mooting@unswlawsoc.org

Ashurst National Private Law Moot

Key information: Two teams of 4. Applications for this moot have now closed.

The Ashurst Private Law moot is hosted at UNSW in April each year. It was designed to fill in a gap in the mooting landscape – issues of contract and equity are of critical importance in commercial practise, yet there is no other moot dedicated to these areas.

It is desirable that applicants have completed some studies in private law, such as Principles of Private Law, Contracts and Equity. However, there are no formal pre requisites. Previous fact scenarios in the competition have involved fiduciary duties, trusts, market based causation claims and knowing assistance constructive trusts.

Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot

Key Information: One team of 2. Applications for this moot have now closed.

The Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot focuses on international human rights law. The competition has two stages – a written component and an oral component. In the written component, the team prepares memorials in response to a hypothetical case. The top 25 teams from around the world are invited to compete in the oral rounds in Geneva, Switzerland.

Some prior experience with international or human rights law is preferred, but not essential.

ALSA Championship Moot

Key information: One team of 3 for the Championship Moot. Applications open week 10 of Semester 1, with the competition scheduled to commence in the mid year break.

The ALSA Championship moot is hosted as part of the annual ALSA competition. The competition does not feature a set area of law, but rather rotates each year between the core law subjects in Australian law schools.

The ALSA Championship moot is one of the largest national mooting competitions, with 30 or so teams regularly competing. As it is attached to the ALSA conference in general, it is also a great opportunity to meet other law students from across Australia.

ALSA Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Moot

Key information: One team of 2 for the IHL moot. Applications open week 10 of Semester 1, with the competition scheduled to commence in the mid year break.

The ALSA IHL moot aims to raise awareness of issues in international humanitarian law. It is run as part of the annual ALSA conference. International humanitarian law is a fundamental branch of international law and deals with the laws applicable during situations of armed conflict.

As it is attached to the ALSA conference in general, it is also a great opportunity to meet other law students from across Australia.

Shine National Torts Moot

Key information: One team of 4. Applications open week 11 of Semester 1, with the competition scheduled to commence in the mid year break/start of Semester 2.

The Shine National Torts Moot is held in Brisbane at the Queensland University of Technology. It is sponsored by Shine Lawyers, who provide a large amount of judges for the competition. The competition is designed for students in their 2nd or 3rd year and is intended to be an introductory external mooting competition. Last year, the UNSW team reached the grand final.

Administrative Appeals Tribunal Moot

Key information: Two or three teams of 3. Applications open week of 11 Semester 1, with the competition scheduled to commence at the beginning of Semester 2.

The AAT moot commenced in 2005 and involves a range of problem questions on administrative law. Past areas include immigration, social security, and freedom of information. The moots are run in the style of AAT hearings, as opposed to court room proceedings.

The competition has a new problem question for each round if a team advances. Furthermore, some of the moots are completed over video link to facilitate interstate moots.

Castan Human Rights Moot

Key information: One team of 3. Applications open week 1 of Semester 2, with the competition scheduled to commence in week 8 Semester 2.

The Castan Human Rights moot focuses on domestic human rights law, in particular the Victorian human rights charter. Last year UNSW entered a team for the first team, and were the national runners up in a closely contested final. The competition is held in Melbourne and is hosted by the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law.

SULS Women’s Moot

Key information: One team of 3. Applications open week 3 of Semester 2, with the competition scheduled to commence in week 10.

The Women’s Moot is hosted by the Sydney University Law Society. It is the only national competition in which all competitors must be female identifying. It is aimed at addressing the issues that are faced by women at the bar. It does this by providing an opportunity for female law students to obtain advocacy experience, and also network with other practitioners.

The problem question rotates from year to year. Last year, the competition was on federal constitutional law.

The Honourable Michael Kirby Contract Law Moot

Key information: One team of 4. Applications open week 3 of Semester 2, with the competition scheduled to commence in week 10 Semester 2.

The Kirby Contracts Moot attempts to resemble what takes place in a real-life arbitration, and thus differs from the normal appellate court focus of a ‘standard’ mooting competition. The Problem has a small set of Agreed Facts (as in standard moots), followed by a series of exhibits which form the bulk of the evidence (letters of negotiation, evidence etc.). This style gives students an opportunity to work with actual evidence and inferences, rather than simply an agreed set of facts.

Sir Harry Gibbs Constitutional Law Moot

Key information: One team of 3. Applications open week 4 of Semester 2, with the competition scheduled to commence in week 9.

The Gibbs Moot is held in Melbourne and is the leading Federal Constitutional law moot. The competition began in 2002. The competition is structured with a three moot round robin, followed by a knockout round for the advancing teams.

This year, the problem question will be written by the Honourable Justice Stephen Gageler of the High Court of Australia. As such, it will be a high quality competition.

Justice William Gummow Cup

Key information: One team of 3. Applications open week 5 of Semester 2, with the competition scheduled to occur in week 9.

The Gummow Cup is an annual equity moot held between the University of New South Wales and the University of Sydney. Unlike the other competitions, it only consists of a single moot between the universities. In previous years, the moot has been presided by The Honourable William Gummow, former High Court judge.

Oxford Intellectual Property Moot

Key information: One team of 3. Applications open week 5 of Semester 2. Written submissions are due in early December, and if the team progresses then the oral rounds are held in the middle of March 2017.

The Oxford IP moot is hosted by the University of Oxford and is based on intellectual property law. It covers diverse areas of intellectual property law, including copyrights, trademarks, patents and trade secrets. It is one of the most prestigious Law Society moots, and draws competing universities from a dozen countries.

The competition is in two stages. Once written arguments are submitted in December, the top teams are invited to participate in the oral rounds. The advancing teams are notified in January, and the oral rounds are held in March.