School of law

External Competitions

Murdoch students have a variety of opportunities to engage in national and international mooting competitions. The most recent competitions that Murdoch has participated in include:

The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

The Jessup Mooting Competition is one of the largest and most prestigious international mooting competitions in the world. More than 500 law schools in over 80 countries participate in this competition.
Each year the Jessup moot problem concerns an aspect of international law. In any given year it may deal with matters as diverse as environmental damage on the high seas, terrorist activities, militaristic actions, or human rights issues.

The details:

  • Teams: Murdoch generally enters a team of five students in this competition (four oralists and one researcher).
  • Scheduling: The national rounds are typically held in February with the international rounds being conducted in March. Preparation for the national rounds generally begins in September and continues through the summer break.

For more information on the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition click here.

International Maritime Law Arbitration Moot Competition

The International Maritime Law Arbitration Moot (IMLAM) Competition requires students to deal with a fictional dispute concerning commercial maritime law and international commercial arbitration. Students prepare both claimant and respondent memoranda to present submissions before an arbitral tribunal during the oral component of the competition. Since 2006 Murdoch University has organised this competition.
Two members on each team present oral submissions on jurisdiction and merits of the case to the arbitral panel. The tribunal then decides the winner of the arbitration.

The details:

  • Teams: Murdoch University generally enters a team of four students in this competition.
  • Scheduling: Students prepare for this competition throughout summer and Semester One and then compete in late June/early July.

For more information on the International Maritime Law Arbitration Moot click here.

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) National Mooting Competition

The AAT Competition is open to all law students enrolled in Australian universities. The moots involve fact scenarios from a range of administrative law areas across the jurisdiction of the General and Other Divisions of the Tribunal. These administrative law areas include Social Security Administration, immigration, workers’ compensation, and more.

The details:

  • Teams: Competing teams are made up of two members who act as senior counsel and junior counsel, and may include a third team member who provides assistance but cannot speak during the moot.
  • Scheduling: The competition is held from July to October, inclusive of the Preliminary Rounds up until the Grand Final.

For more information on the AAT National Mooting Competition, click here.

Sir Harry Gibbs National Constitutional Law Moot

The Sir Harry Gibbs Moot is a prominent Australian moot in the area of constitutional law. All moot rounds are held in Melbourne, with the Grand Final hosted at the High Court in Melbourne.

The details:

  • Teams: Teams include two to three people. In a team of three, two members will be act as Counsel and one will act as Solicitor. In teams of two, both team members will act as Counsel.
  • Scheduling: The problem will be released early August, and the competition will be held in late September.

For more information on the Sir Harry Gibbs National Constitutional Law moot, click here.

The Hon. Michael Kirby Contract Law Moot Competition

The Hon. Michael Kirby Contract Law Moot Competition is a prominent Australian moot court competition which occurs every year. It allows students to apply their knowledge on contract law to realistic contractual dispute scenarios, whilst enhancing their capacities for legal research, analysis and oral advocacy.

The details:

  • Teams: Murdoch sends one team of four.
  • Scheduling: The competition problem is released in early July, with the competition being held over four days in late September.

For more information about the Hon. Michael Kirby Contract Law Moot Competition, click here.

Other Competitions

Murdoch School of Law also participates in other external competitions, some on a biennial basis (depending on when they are held). These moots include:

The Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot

The 'Vis' Moot is the second largest mooting competition in the world. Over 160 teams from around 40 countries compete in this competition.
The competition scenario involves a dispute arising out of a contract of sale between two businesses located in countries that are parties to the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods ('CISG'). Each year a different set of arbitral rules are applied.
The Vis Moot requires students to prepare two memoranda (claimant and respondent) as well as participating in a number of simulated arbitration hearings.

The oral arguments for the Vis Moot take place in Vienna, Austria. The general rounds and some of the final rounds of the oral arguments take place at the Juridicum, the Law Faculty of the University of Vienna. Traditionally the grand final is conducted in the Vienna Town Hall, the Rathaus or the Vienna Convention Centre.

Oral hearings are conducted in the week before Easter. However, the preparation of memoranda begins in October and runs throughout the summer break.
Murdoch University generally enters a team of four students in this competition.

For more information on the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot click here.

The IASLA Space Law Moot Court Competition

The IASLA (International Air and Space Law Association) Space Law Moot Court Competition is designed to give students an opportunity to participate in a moot court competition in space law. The competition is divided into regional rounds and an international final. The moot involves the lex specialis of Space, mainly multilateral conventions and agreements in addition to the customary international law applicable to space.

Students prepare for the competition throughout the end of semester two and summer and then compete in March/April of the following year. Murdoch University generally enters a team of three students in this competition.

For more information on the IASLA Space Law Moot Court Competition click here.

The International ADR Mooting Competition

The International ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) Mooting Competition is designed to combine arbitration and mediation. It intends to provide students with an opportunity to act as both a mediator and an arbitrator, an opportunity provided by no other existing moot competition.

The format of the competition is that two students from opposing teams make submissions in an arbitration hearing (as claimant and respondent). After the arbitration concludes, the format changes to a mediation. At this point each side forms a client/attorney team and a student from another school will act as a mediator.

This competition generally runs in late July/early August and preparation is undertaken during the end of Semester 1 and the winter holidays.

Murdoch University generally enters a team of three students in this competition (two oralists and one mediator).

For more information on the ADR Moot click here.