28 August 2012

The University of Queensland has added to its remarkable mooting record in 2012 by winning the Shine Lawyers Torts Moot Competition.

Students from UQ's TC Beirne School of Law competed against 11 other teams from Australia during the five-day event held at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane.

The UQ 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 UQ 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, Ms Campbell 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 TC Beirne School of Law.

“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,” he said.

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 UQ law 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 UQ 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.

Media: Dr Peter Billings 07 3365 7176, p.billings@law.uq.edu.au or Melissa Reynolds 07 3365 2523, m.reynolds@law.uq.edu.au