One day you’re bound to wind up arguing in the High Court, so why not start practising now?
A moot is a simulated appeal in a superior court, based on a mock fact scenario and judgment from a lower court. No witnesses, just good old fashioned legal argument about whether or not the lower court decision was correct.
Expect to be queried and questioned by the judges as they test you to see just how well you know your facts and the cases surrounding a particular point of law. Be sure your submissions are strong – weak arguments will not survive! Mooting is generally run in teams of two or three with the optional third member acting as assisting solicitor.
During the annual ALSA Conference, mooters from across Australia, New Zealand and neighbouring Asian countries are pitted against each other in highly charged legal argument. Contact your law student society for more information on how you can represent your university at the national level.
The 2011 National Championship Moot Rules can be downloaded here.
The 2011 Competition will be sponsored by Mallesons Stephen Jaques.
International Humanitarian Law Moot
The Australian Red Cross, ALSA and the International Committee of the Red Cross host the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Mooting Competition during the annual ALSA Conference.The IHL Moot's purpose is to raise awareness of international humanitarian law issues within the Australian university community. The Moot assists students in understanding and appreciating the growing importance of international humanitarian law, its nature as a system of protection during times of armed conflict and its role as fundamental part of international law.
Each law school in Australia is invited to nominate a team of two law students to compete in this competition. We encourage you to contact your campus law student society for more information on how you can represent your university in this competition
The 2011 Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Moot Rules can be downloaded here.
The 2011 Competition will be sponsored by the Australian Red Cross.