Murdoch law student wins arbitration moot

September 15, 2016

Heather Costelloe

Heather Costelloe continued solo in the pairs competition after her partner withdrew

Murdoch law student Heather Costelloe has beaten practicing lawyers to win the eighth Chartered Institute of Arbitrators/Young Lawyers (CIArb/YL) International Arbitration Moot Competition in Sydney.

Heather was not only declared the overall winner, but also received the Spirit of the Moot Award for continuing solo in the pairs competition after her allocated partner had to withdraw.

The CIArb/YL International Arbitration Moot Competition is run annually by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and NSW Young Lawyers, with twenty teams of young lawyers and law students from around Australia being selected to participate.

Competitors were presented with a fictional international commercial dispute and were required to present written and oral submissions on behalf of their clients before experienced arbitral panels in a series of simulated international arbitrations.  The competition was held at the Australian Disputes Centre in Sydney.

Murdoch’s Director of Mooting, Lorraine Finlay, said Heather’s success was well deserved.

“She worked incredibly hard in the weeks leading up to the competition and showed enormous character to remain in the competition as a solo competitor.  Winning the overall competition is an amazing result, and the School of Law is extremely proud of Heather’s achievement.”

During her studies at Murdoch, Heather has received advanced advocacy training as part of the mooting program, and has represented Murdoch at a number of international moot competitions, including the Willem C. Vis International Trade Law Arbitration Moot and the International ADR Mooting Competition.

This is not the first time that Murdoch mooters have excelled in this competition.  Murdoch alumni have twice been judged as the Best Oralist in the competition (Stephanie O’Connor in 2014 and Blake Primrose in 2013) and then-student Alex McVey was part of the overall winning team in 2013.

Ms Finlay said Murdoch’s continued success in the competition is a great reflection of the strength of the School of Law’s mooting program.

“It is fantastic to see our students doing so well in such a prestigious national competition,” she added.

“The practical advocacy training that our moot students receive at Murdoch really gives them an advantage when they start their legal careers.  For Heather to be recognised as one of the best young arbitrators in Australia is a wonderful achievement.”

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