Past Moot Competitions
Brief Report on the 5th LAWASIA International
Moot Competition 2010
The 5th edition of the LAWASIA International Moot Competition that was held
in New Delhi in conjunction with the 23rd LAWASIA Conference from 11th - 14th
November 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 Indian
Law Institute and Final Round being held at the India Habitat Centre. This year’s
moot competition forum was a matter before The International Court Of Arbitration
involves matters relating to International Law and the Law of Intellectual Property.
This year, we were honoured to have some highly distinguished members of the
legal fraternity presiding as moot judges. Among them were Justice Vipin
Sanghi from India, Justice Dr Haji Hamid Sultan Bin Abu Backer
from Malaysia, His Honour Judge Marshall Phillip Irwin from
Australia, Mr Ragunath Kesavan Chairman of Malaysian Bar, Mr
Isomi Suzuki Vice President of LAWASIA and Mr Raoul Giudes
Vice President of Queensland Law Society.
The success of the 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 23rd LAWASIA Conference
who had taken their off from their busy schedules to join us. This gesture of
warm embrace had brought about the success of the competition as a whole.
Moot Judges were truly impressed by the performance of all the participants
and they were highly commended. To simply echo this: “The
lawyer’s brief is like the surgeon’s knife, dissecting the whole
inside of a question, and with it all the process of digestion.” by Lord
Byron (1788-1824), Don Juan, canto X, ST, XIV. Here, the mooters,
armed with them not only the very well prepared scripts of arguments but an
abundance of wise thoughts and ideas, handled the moot judges with confidence
in a dazzling array of fine presentations.
We were extremely fortunate to witness their courage and their determined efforts
which have not been in vain and with that, we are honoured to witness this incredible
creation of the new generation of young lawyers.
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, 2010, National
Law University, Delhi India emerged as Champion by a slim margin over
the Advance Tertiary College, Malaysia for The LAWASIA
Trophy for Best Oralist.
Kenneth Koh Zhong Wey from Advance Tertiary College,
Malaysia 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 condensing disparate, conflicting
legal authorities into succinct and persuasive arguments in a professional,
gracious, persuasive, and congenial demeanor which is a very important quality
of a lawyer.
Proudly, The LAWASIA Trophy for Best Memorial went to BPP
Law School from United Kingdom 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 without hesitation, this went to Ho
Chi Minh City University of Law whom also been awarded the same last
year during the 4th LAWASIA International Moot Competition 2009.
“The LAWASIA Best Endeavour Prize” is awarded
to the team that overcame challenges, difficulties and obstacles to compete
in this competition. This award went to Kathmandu School Of Law, Nepal
for we have witnessed courage in the face of adversity, honour in defeat and
faith in despair. Despite their inexperience and limited usage of the language,
they demonstrated courage, determination and dignity against the odds to persevere
in doing their best.
Last but not least, in appreciation of each and every single obliging member
of the organising committee and student volunteers that had dedicated their
time of hard work diligently, passionately and kept their faith and strength
of endless support to commit to a same mission, that is, the success of the
May we all cherish the memories of this year’s competition that we had
spent together and see you all in Seoul, Korea for the 6th LAWASIA International
Brief Report on the 4th LAWASIA Moot
The 4th LAWASIA International Moot Competition held in Ho Chi Minh City
in conjunction with the 22nd LAWASIA Conference from 9th - 12th November
2009 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 and
the moot problem involves matters relating to the International Law in
cultural heritage protection and the Law of the Sea.
This year, we were extremely honoured to have invited some of the distinguished
members of the Judiciary from different countries presiding as moot judges.
Among them were The Hon. Chief Justice Robert French from Australia, Justice
Vichai Ariyanuntaka from Thailand, The Rt Hon Justice Tan Sri Arifin bin
Zakaria from Malaysia, Chief Federal Magistrate John Pascoe AO from Australia,Federal
Magistrate Paul Howard from Australia, Judge Marshall Irwin from Australia
and Judge Marilyn B Cassidy from the United States of America.
Moot Judges were truly impressed by the performance of all the participants
and they were highly commended. Simply to echo the positive comment of
Chief Federal Magistrate John Pascoe AO, ‘I was very impressed
by the high standard of presentation, especially as English was a second
language for many of the participants. Their skill, dedication and capacity
to deal with complex issues were outstanding.’
Advanced Tertiary College from Malaysia emerged as champion for both
the LAWASIA Challenge Trophy and LAWASIA Trophy for the Best Memorial.
Mr Jules Moxon from University of Queensland was adjudged the winner
of the Mah Weng Kwai Challenge Trophy for Best Mooter for his eloquent
mooting skills as well as his capability in articulating his thoughts
The Committee had awarded two special prizes, “The Spirit of LAWASIA”,
for the team that overcame challenges, difficulties and obstacles to compete
in the competition and “The Best Endeavour Award”, to the
team 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 recognition
of their perseverance and tenacity in overcoming the odds.
The 4th LAWASIA International Moot Competition 2009 is an International
effort across boundaries. The LAWASIA Moot Standing Committee working
out of Kuala Lumpur with the Host University and for the first time internationals
student volunteers coming together to work with local student volunteers
was an immensely satisfying International effort in capacity building.
The 4th LAWASIA International Moot Competition 2009 was a resounding
success making this arguably the best edition thus far in the series of
the LAWASIA International Moot Competitions!
Brief Report on the 3rd LAWASIA Moot
The University of Hong Kong emerged as champions by a slim margin over the
University of the Philippines for the LawAsia Challenge Trophy, at the 3rd
LAWASIA Moot Competition.
The Chair of the LAWASIA Moot Committee, Mr Raphael Tay commented that a
number of eminent lawyers who had the arduous task of judging the Competition
told him that they had found the quality of the participants at this year's
moot to be of the highest calibre they had ever encountered in their years
of judging moot competitions.
The charming and elegant Christopher Louie Ocampo from Philippines was adjudged
the winner of the Mah Weng Kwai Trophy for Best Mooter. Christopher said
that he had found the experience very enriching, and commented that the
competition was a fun-filled one.
Mooting requires an ability to articulate one's thoughts and arguments condensing
disparate, conflicting legal authorities into succinct and persuasive arguments
in a congenial demeanour.
Christopher has been described as an "excellent speaker" who displayed "excellent
poise and smooth presentation", who was "thoroughly prepared and knew his
facts and law very well".
His coach, Professor Rowena Daroy Morales, commented that the LawAsia moot
competition was comparable to the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot
Given the preponderance of written submissions in Malaysia nowadays, it
was perhaps unsurprising that the home team from the Universiti Kebangsaan
Malaysia won the Lawasia Trophy for the Best Memorial.
The Committee awarded two special prizes, partly based on votes of the participating
teams themselves. Runners Up, the University of the Philippines, were awarded
the Spirit of LawAsia award for best reflecting the ideals, values, virtues
of fair play, camaraderie, magnanimity and generosity in a competitive environment.
The Best Endeavour Award for the team that overcame challenges, difficulties
and obstacles in order to participate in this competition went to the National
Law School of India University, Bangalore, who had competed without a coach
and practiced and travelled to Malaysia on their own.
Ms Rajeswari Kanniah, of the Host University Taylor's University College
Kuala Lumpur, said "It has been a pleasure to be able to host, although
it was quite a monumental task especially for the students who had a fun
and wonderful experience, especially as they also had an opportunity to
have full access to the Conference."
The University of Hong Kong were represented by Ng Chung Yan, Ernest and
Law Wai Shan, Deanna and coached by Oliver Jones.
By Noor Arianti Osman, K. Shanmuga & Kenny Lai
the John McDermott write-up >>
Report on the 2nd LAWASIA Moot Competition 2007
The 2nd LAWASIA Moot Competition was held in conjunction with the 20th LAWASIA
Biennial 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 Law
was the host of the Competition and the Law Society of Hong Kong was the
official sponsor. The topic of the Moot Problem was on Cross-border Child
A total of eleven (11) teams from universities in nine countries/regions
in Asia Pacific participated in the Competition this year. The teams came
from Tsinghua University, China; the University of Hong Kong; National Law
School of India University, Bangalore, India; the University of Jammu, India;
Konkuk University, Korea; Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Malaysia; Taylor's
University College of Malaysia; Kathmandu School of Law, Nepal; Ateneo de
Manila University, Phillipines; Moscow State University, Russia; and Sri
Lanka Law School.
Each team mooted twice in the General Rounds held on 6 June 2007, once as
counsel for the Applicant and once as counsel for the Respondent. The performances
of all participants were highly commended by the judges.
The four (4) teams that proceeded to the Semi-Final Rounds held on 7 June
2007 were Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Taylor's University College
of Malaysia, Sri Lanka Law School and The University of Hong Kong. Of the
four teams, Taylor's University College of Malaysia and The University of
Hong Kong received higher scores in the Semi-Final Rounds and advanced to
the Final Round.
For the Final Round of the Competition, we were extremely honoured to have
the Right Honourable Dame Sian Elias, GNZM, Chief Justice of New Zealand,
the Honourable Chief Justice Gleeson AC, Chief Justice of Australia and
the Honourable Mr. Justice Bokhary, Permanent Judge of the Court of Final
Appeal of Hong Kong, presiding as judges.
The University of Hong Kong acted as counsel for the Applicant and Taylor's
University College of Malaysia acted as counsel for the Respondent.
The University of Hong Kong emerged as the winner of the competition with
only two points separating the scores. Mr Randy Shek of the University of
Hong Kong received the highest score in the General Rounds and won the Best
This LAWASIA Moot Competition was sponsored by the Law Society of Hong Kong.
The members of the Advocacy & Mooting Society who volunteered as court bailiffs
are 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 LAWASIA
Member countries. Dr. Ros Macdonald of QUT School of Law was the LAWASIA
Moot Coordinator. Seven teams travelled to the Gold Coast, and not without
difficulties, such as troubles with visas and flight delays.
Teams came from the HuaZhong University of Science and Technology Law
School (HUST), China; the University of Hong Kong; Hidayatullah National
Law University, Raipur, India; Sri Lanka National Law College; the University
of Malaya, Malaysia; International Islamic University of Malaysia; and
the University of Western Australia.
The semifinalists in the inaugural ABA LAWASIA Moot were the University
of Hong Kong, International Islamic University of Malaysia, the University
of Malaya and the University of Western Australia.
From the semifinals, the University of Hong Kong team and the University
of Western Australia team competed in the final.
The Finals judges, Justice Santosi Hegde, Justice Garry Downes and Judge
Michael Rackemann unanimously decided that the winner of the Final was
the University of Hong Kong.
The Hong Kong team was Ms. Leona Cheung, Ms. Queenie Lau, and Ms. Asa
Collett, coached by Dr. Hong Xue.
The University of Western Australia team was Mr. Chris Pearce, Mr. Geoff
Kuehne and Mr. Andrew Lodder.