School of law

20th Annual International Maritime Law Arbitration Moot

Rotterdam 30 June – 5 July 2019

ANNOUNCEMENT OF RESULTS

The School of Law, Murdoch University is proud to organise IMLAM for the benefit of law students worldwide. This year Murdoch partnered with Erasmus University School of Law; it was IMLAM’s first time in continental Europe. Not only did Erasmus University provide a sterling venue and wonderful organisers for the competition, they simultaneously offered maritime workshops and seminars as well as social functions for the benefit of the attending arbitrators, lawyers, students and academics. It was an extremely stimulating and supportive environment for all concerned. The Rotterdam maritime community has been incredibly supportive and welcoming. We also thank the sponsors, arbitrators, memo judges, and our many colleagues who assisted with this competition.

A record 31 teams (140+students) participated in the 20th IMLAM moot in Rotterdam. We ran 77 moots involving a significant roster of 50+arbitrators.

The competition culminated in a first class grand final between University of Sydney (Claimant) and University of Queensland (Respondent). The semi and grand finals were held in the delightful historic District Court of Dordrecht. I thank the Court for hosting the finals in their beautiful courtrooms. My thanks to the presiding panel, consisting of The Hon. Justice Elizabeth Heneghan, Federal Court of Canada; The Hon. Justice Pauline Hofmeijer-Rutten, Rotterdam District Court/Amsterdam Court of Appeal; and Mr Mark Hamsher, Maritime Arbitrator, England.

The winner of the grand final was University of Queensland. As well as the prize sponsored by Minter Ellison, the team were awarded the Chris Douglas Championship Trophy, donated by the Douglas family. This new trophy remembers our colleague and staunch supporter of the moot, Chris Douglas, Partner of Minter Ellison. Chris sat on the grand final panel in 2018. He lost his battle with cancer later that year, at the age of 37. Chris was a Queenslander, so we know he would have been delighted that the University of Queensland is the first recipient of that trophy.

We are already looking forward to 2020 – our next competition will be hosted by Singapore Management University.

Click HERE for the 20th Anniversary Powerpoint

Preliminary finalists in ranked order after general rounds:

1. University of Queensland 9.   Erasmus University
2. Murdoch University 10. University of Southampton
3. National University of Singapore 11. Universitas Indonesia
4. Singapore Management University 12. National Law University, Delhi
5. University of Hong Kong 13. Educational Institution of ITCA, Iran
6. Universtity of Sydney 14. National Law School of India
7. University of Malaya 15. Universidad Carlos II de Madrid
8. Sri Lanka Law College 16. NALSAR University





Quarterfinalists in ranked order after general rounds:

1. University of Queensland
2. National University of Singapore
3. Singapore Management University
4. University of Hong Kong
5. University of Sydney
6. University of Southhampton
7. Erasmus University
8. Universidad Carlos II de Madrid

Semi finalists:

University of Queensland
Singapore Management University
University of Sydney
Universidad Carlos II de Madrid

Grand finalists:

University of Sydney
University of Queensland

Winning team: University of Queensland

Grand Final Panel

The Hon. Justice Elizabeth Heneghan, Federal Court of Canada

The Hon. Justice Pauline Hofmeijer-Rutten, Rotterdam District Court/Amsterdam Court of Appeal

Mr Mark Hamsher, Maritime Arbitrator, England

Award and Prize winners

Winner, Oral hearings sponsored by Minter Ellison; and Chris Douglas Championship Trophy

  • University of Queensland

Runner-Up Oral Hearings sponsored by DLA Piper

  • University of Sydney

Best overall Written Memoranda sponsored by Clyde & Co

  • University of Queensland

Runner up Best overall Written Memo sponsored by Young’s List

  • University of Sydney
  • 3rd place: Murdoch University
  • 4th place: Universitas Airlangga
  • 5th place (tie): Universitas Indonesia, University of Hong Kong

Best Claimant Memorandum sponsored by Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration

  • University of Queensland

Best Respondent Memorandum sponsored by Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration

  • University of Sydney

Best Newcomer Memoranda

  • Educational Institution of ITCA, Iran
  • 2nd place: University of Hamburg
  • 3rd place: Diponegoro University

Best Speaker in the General Rounds sponsored by Colin Biggers & Paisley

  • Reuben Pemberton-Ovens, Murdoch University
  • 2nd place: Marcus Chiang, National University of Singapore
  • 3rd place: Jonathan Hohl, University of Queensland
  • 4th place: Matthew Singer, University of Queensland

Speaker - Honourable Mentions

Jord Sanders, Erasmus University
Dimitris Tsordas, Erasmus University
Darien The, Singapore Management University

Best Speaker in the Finals- sponsored by Holman Fenwick Willan, & winner of the Ron Salter trophy

  • Tessa Boardman, University of Queensland

Runner up Best Speaker in the Finals sponsored anonymously

  • Tie between Shawn LIM (National University of Singapore) and Ken Wei ONG (Singapore Management University)

Highest Ranked Team in the General Rounds sponsored by Norton Rose Fulbright, and the David Martin Clark Perpetual Trophy donated by TT Club

  • University of Queensland

The Sarah Derrington Achievement Award, sponsored by Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand

  • Sri Lanka Law College

‘Spirit of the Moot’ award, sponsored by Australian Maritime and Transport Arbitration Commission

  • Educational Institution of ITCA, Iran

Merit Award, sponsored by Margo Harris, Barrister

  • Christ University

Best Newcomer performance in the IMLAM Moot, sponsored by London Maritime Arbitrators Association

  • National Law University, Delhi
  • Runner Up: Educational Institution of ITCA, Iran

Best Speaker from a Newcomer Team, sponsored by ArbDB Chambers

  • Ashima Sharma, National Law University Delhi
  • 2nd Place: Mazyar Aghasi Javid, Educational Institution of ITCA, Iran

Gold Sponsors (Murdoch University)

The Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand
Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration

Knowledge Sponsor

i-law.com - Business Intelligence, Informa

Event Sponsors (Erasmus University)

Rotterdam Maritime Capital of Europe
NNPC
Spliethoff Group

2019 Participants

Aix-Marseille Université Sri Lanka Law College
Christ University Symbiosis International University
Diponegoro University Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Educational Institution of ITCA, Iran Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
Erasmus University Universitas Airlangga
Government Law College Universitas Indonesia
Gujarat National Law University Universitas Padjadjaran
Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University University of Hamburg
MGIMO University University of Hong Kong
Murdoch University University of Malaya
NALSAR University University of Queensland
National Law School of India University University of Southampton
National Law University Delhi University of Sydney
National University of Singapore University of Versailles
President University West Bangal National University of Juridical Sciences
Singapore Management University

Venue for 2020: Singapore Management University (dates TBC)


Twitter: #IMLAM2019, @IMLAMMurdoch