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14th International Maritime Law Arbitration Moot 2013 - Southampton, United Kingdom

News and Winners

Dear Colleagues and IMLAM Supporters

Murdoch University School of Law is proud to have organised the 14th annual IMLAM Competition, hosted by our colleagues at University of Southampton. The event was a great success, with a record 24 teams competing. As ever, the students impressed the arbitrators with their level of preparation and mastery of both the law and advocacy skills.
After the general rounds, the top 8 teams progressed to the quarterfinals. Those teams were:

1. University of Queensland
2. Singapore Management University
3. National University, Singapore
4. City University of Hong Kong
5. Universitas Gadjah Mada
6. Murdoch University
7. University of Hong Kong
8. University of Antwerp

University of Queensland and National University Singapore fought their way to the Grand Final, held in the awe inspiring facilities of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. The Grand Final was before his Lordship Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers KG, former President of the Supreme Court; Charles Debattista, Maritime Arbitrator of Stone Chambers; and Jane Andrewartha, Partner of Clyde & Co.

In a close finish, the winning team of the oral rounds was University of Queensland – for the second year in a row!
The following prizes were presented at the awards function, kindly hosted by Clyde & Co at their amazing new building at Aldgate:

  • Winner, Oral hearings sponsored by Minter Ellison – University of Queensland.
  • Runner-Up Oral Hearings sponsored by DLA Piper – National University of Singapore.
  • Best overall Written Memoranda sponsored by Informa Law from Routledge – National Law School of India University.
  • Runner up Best overall Written Memo sponsored by Informa Law from Routledge – Murdoch University.
  • Best Speaker in the General Rounds sponsored by K&L Gates –awarded jointly to Emily Chalk and Aaron Brooks, both of University of Queensland.
  • Best Speaker in the Finals (& Ron Salter award) sponsored by Holman Fenwick Willan– Emily Chalk, University of Queensland and Ho Pey Yann, National university of Singapore.
  • Highest Ranked Team in the General Rounds sponsored by Norton Rose, and the David Martin Clark Trophy sponsored by TT Club – University of Queensland.
  • The Sarah Derrington Achievement Award, sponsored by Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand: Kerala Law Academy Law College, University of Kerala.
  • AMTAC ‘Spirit of the Moot’ award, sponsored by AMTAC – University of Southampton and Sri Lanka Law College.
  • The new Prize for Best Newcomer in the IMLAM Moot, sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators, England and awarded to two teams who made the top 8 in their first year of entry: Singapore Management University and University of Antwerp.

As Director of the IMLAM Moot, I would like to thank the many people who make this event both possible and pleasurable, the University of Southampton student volunteers, our academic colleagues at University of Southampton, particularly Johanna Hjalmarsson and the staff of the Institute of Maritime Law; the arbitrators and grand final judges, particularly those who travelled from afar to assist; the sponsors of the various prizes, and Ruth Hosking of Quadrant Chambers, London for writing the moot problem. I also thank Miriam Everall who provided me with her usual excellent standard of support throughout this year. I also wish to thank the teams and their coaches; their enthusiasm, skill and good sportsmanship is a pleasure for all of us to observe. The moot seeks to give every student participant the opportunity to foster and improve their advocacy and knowledge of this fascinating area of law. This year, again, I believe it has lived up to that aim.

As announced at the awards dinner, we are delighted that University of Hong Kong has agreed to host the moot in 2014.

Best regards

Dr Kate Lewins
Moot Director

Problem and Memoranda

Procedural Orders 1 (PDF 68KB)
Procedural Orders 2 (PDF 53KB)
Moot Problem (PDF 1.1MB)

Winning Memoranda

Murdoch University
National Law School of India University