Notre Dame students participate in an International Martime Law moot

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Media Release

Publication Date

Winter 13-7-2006

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Fremantle

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Law Students from The University of Notre Dame Australia’s, Fremantle Campus, recently won an award for their participation in the 7 th annual International Maritime Law Moot held at Murdoch University.

Competitors Tomas Fitzgerald, Andrew Kirk and Lucinda Plowman were awarded the Minter Ellison Award for the Highest Ranked Team in the general rounds. Tomas Fitzgerald also won the Jaya Prakesh Award for Best Speaker in the finals.

The International Maritime Law Moot is a competition designed to encourage law students in the Asia – Pacific region to develop an interest in and understanding of Maritime Law. Each year the Moot problem involves a dispute about the carriage of goods by sea. Teams attempt to resolve the dispute by arbitration, conducted in accordance with the London Maritime Arbitration Association Rules.

Law students from universities around the world entered the Moot, including the University of Southampton in England. The overall winner of the event was the Queensland University of Technology.

Coached by Sessional Lecturer, Nicolas Egan and Associate Dean of the School of Law, Professor Phil Evans, this was the first year the Notre Dame Law School had entered a team into the competition.

“This was an outstanding result for the Notre Dame team. Not only was this the first time that our students had participated in the Moot, but they competed against teams from interstate and overseas who have considerable experience in Maritime Law Mooting competitions. The Notre Dame team were wonderful ambassadors for the University,” said Professor Evans.