The University of Queensland Law School has added to its remarkable mooting record in 2012 by winning the Shine Lawyers Torts Moot Competition!
Students from the University of Queensland Law School competed against 11 other teams from Australia during the five-day event held at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane.
The University of Queensland Law School team was made up by Amy Campbell, Marissa Chesher, Samuel Leigh and Mikhara Ramsing and was the highest ranked team at the conclusion of the preliminary rounds. The University of Queensland Law School team defeated Griffith University in the semi-final and, on August 10, won the final against the University of New South Wales. The final was held at the (old) Banco Court before The Honourable Justice Peter Applegarth.
In addition to winning the moot, Amy received prizes for best mooter in the preliminary rounds and in the final. The team was coached by Professor John Devereux, with the support of Professor Kit Barker and Russell Hinchy of the University of Queensland Law School.
“The UQ torts moot team participated in the competition in a way that was consistent with the finest traditions of the law school,” said Professor Devereux. “Team members can be justly proud of their dedication to task, diligence and sportsmanship.”
During the competition, teams addressed a complex tort law dispute requiring them to produce written submissions for both the appellant and the respondent, and present oral arguments in support of both positions.
The latest victory is the third title University of Queensland Law School student mooters have secured in recent months, following earlier successes in the International Maritime Law Arbitration Moot and Australian rounds of the Jessup International Law Mooting Competition.
A University of Queensland Law School team was also a grand finalist in the Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Mooting competition, hosted at the Australasian Law Student Association annual conference.
Director of Mooting at UQ Dr. Peter Billings said the students should be proud of their mooting victory. “The students’ performance was exceptional. They deserved this success, which reflects very well on the School and its academic staff – many of whom kindly volunteer their time to support our students in national and international mooting competitions,” he said.
The University of Queensland Law School is a long established and leading Australian law school. The School is committed to providing high quality undergraduate and postgraduate legal education, and of contributing to the production of lasting and cutting-edge research.
The School’s student body comprises of approximately 1,800 high achieving students from a diverse range of backgrounds and nationalities. Law students are well served by two representative bodies: the University of Queensland Law Society (UQLS) and the Women and the Law Society (WATL).
The School’s teaching staff includes more than 50 full-time academics, most of whom have doctoral or advanced qualifications in their teaching areas. The teaching staff members are complemented by international visiting professors, part-time lecturers and adjunct professors, who provide additional teaching and research expertise.
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