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.
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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
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About the 7th LAWASIA International Moot 2012
The 7th LAWASIA International Moot is scheduled to be held in Bali, Indonesia between 17 – 21 November 2012. We expect some 18 leading Law Schools from all over the world to participate in this competition.
This year's LAWASIA Moot involves a dispute between the operator (the "Franchisee") of two fast food restaurants and the owners of the franchise (the "Franchisors") over (1) changes the Franchisee made to the "Authorized Menu" to modify and/or add food items which the Franchisee believed would be popular with his customers and (2) the wearing of a hijab by Muslim waitresses – not part of the "uniform" which is required in all of the franchised restaurant wherever located. One of the major legal issues to be resolved is what law is to be applied in resolving the dispute – the law specified in the franchise agreement or the law of the country where the restaurants are located.