Law students mooting with the best
Wednesday, 07 November 2012
Moot competitors, Douglas Johnson and Kimberley Truong
Law students proved that Edith Cowan University’s (ECU’s) School of Law and Justice is punching well above its weight after claiming third place in an international mooting competition.
Three students from the School travelled to Hong Kong in July to compete in the City University of Hong Kong International ADR Moot.
A moot is a chance for law students to take part in simulated court proceedings and practice their legal arguments and negotiation skills.
The ECU team won through to the semi-finals in the Moot; an achievement School of Law and Justice Lecturer Anthony Hevron said was something to be enormously proud of given the calibre of other universities participating.
“To simply be in their company is a great achievement for a small team from a very new law school,” Mr Hevron said.
“That said, we are starting to make a name for ourselves in this field. It is one of the unexpected benefits of being in a small law school.”
He said it meant students were able to take advantage of attention and opportunities which would be much harder to find at larger institutions.
“For that reason I think that this result is both inspirational for the current student body and emblematic of the sort of opportunities that we are offering to the law students of ECU,” Mr Hevron said.
Mr Hevron said Douglas Johnson, Kimberley Truong and Veenela Veerasamy were flawless in their representation of the University and legal students of Western Australia at the moot.
The Moot required students to tackle a set problem in arbitration and mediation in front of senior members of the international law community.
Douglas Johnson said the Moot had been one of the highlights of his time at ECU and thoroughly recommended the experience to any law students.
“My only word of caution would be to consider the groundwork required as it is certainly not for the faint hearted,” he said.
“However if you are willing to devote the time to learning what is required and preparing accordingly the experience will stay with you for a lifetime.”
For more information on ECU’s Law program visit the School of Law and Justice website.