Success for Notre Dame’s Law students in the 2005 international Moot Competition

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Media Release

Publication Date

Fall 21-4-2005

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The University of Notre Dame, Fremantle

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Notre Dame’s School of Law Moot team finished in the final four teams of the prestigious Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition held in Vienna. Over one thousand participants in 150 teams from around the world competed.

Notre Dame was narrowly defeated by Stetson University (USA) in the semi-finals and was the last of the eight Australian entrants standing, with teams from the University of New South Wales, the University of Technology Sydney, Macquarie University, Deakin University, Monash University, Griffith University and Victoria University Melbourne.

The team’s mentor and coach, Head of the Graduate School of Law Professor Gabriël Moens said, “This is a spectacular achievement for Notre Dame. Our students have left behind some of the most highly reputed Universities in the world, including Harvard, Cambridge and Colombia”.

The team’s speakers, Thomas Fitzgerald and Nicholas Collie both received honourable mentions in the Best Oral Advocate awards and the team also picked up fifth prize for their Memorandum for the Respondent.

Professor Moens said, “This success has been very justly earned by the team. They have put in countless hours of research and practice to reach this remarkable triumph”.

Prior to the team’s departure for Vienna, they underwent extensive and gruelling advocacy training with the help of guest arbitrators from Notre Dame’s academic staff and student body and Perth’s legal and business communities.

The team also held an exhibition hearing in March chaired by the Supreme Court of WA’s Justice Peter Blaxell and Chief Justice David Malcolm AC.

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