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The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

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The Jessup Mooting Competition was established in 1959 by international law students from three US universities, Harvard University, Columbia University and the University of Virginia.

Today the Jessup Moot 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.

In addition to competing against other universities in oral hearings, the members of the Jessup team prepare two substantial written submissions.

Participants first compete in the national competition in Canberra. The two teams that make the grand final of the national competition advance to the international rounds, which are held in Washington in the United States.

The national rounds are generally 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.

Murdoch generally enters a team of five students in this competition (four oralists and one researcher).

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

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'). The contract in question normally provides that any dispute that might arise is to be settled by arbitration in a country that has enacted the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration and is a party to the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards. 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.

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 are required to prepare both claimant and respondent memoranda and to present submissions before an arbitral tribunal during the oral component of the competition. This international competition was established by the University of Queensland in 2000. Since 2006 Murdoch University has organised the competition.

The Maritime Moot problem involves a dispute relating to commercial maritime law which is determined before an arbitral tribunal. Two members on each team present oral submissions on jurisdiction and merits of the case to the arbitral panel. Like other mooting competitions, the panel can interrupt and ask questions. The tribunal then decides the winner of the arbitration.

Students prepare for this competition throughout summer and semester one and then compete in late June/early July.

Murdoch University generally enters a team of four students in this competition. For more information on the International Maritime Law 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 one 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.