Murdoch law students rank in world’s best

November 27, 2017

Champion mooters: Joshua Scoles, Marché Bantum and Andrew Shinnick

Murdoch University law students have ranked among the best in the world after triumphing at a recent international moot competition.

The student team were ranked seventh in the world at the Global Finals of the 2017 Foreign Direct Investment International Arbitration Moot held at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, United States.

Murdoch University’s mooting team included Marché Bantum, Andrew Shinnick and Heather Costelloe, who are all in their final year of law, and Joshua Scoles who is a second year law student.

More than 100 teams from law schools around the world competed in this prestigious international event, which focused on issues of international commercial arbitration and investment law.

Each team prepared written submissions for both the claimant and respondent teams, and presented oral submissions during a mock hearing in front of an arbitration panel.

In the preliminary rounds the Murdoch team competed against teams from France, the United Kingdom, Malaysia and Brazil.

They went on to defeat the top-ranked team from the University of Ottawa before losing a closely fought Quarter Final moot against the University of International Business and Economics from Beijing, China.

Murdoch University’s Director of Mooting and Competitions, Lorraine Finlay said the team’s performance was outstanding.

“The FDI Moot is a prestigious international competition that involves some of the top law schools in the world,” Ms Finlay said.

“For our Murdoch team to do so well in the competition shows just how talented and hard working our students are. It also highlights the quality of our mooting program at Murdoch, which delivers world-class advocacy training to our students.

“All three Murdoch students who spoke in the oral rounds were ranked amongst the Top 50 Advocates in the world and congratulations particularly to Andrew Shinnick who was named in the top ten competitors.”

Andrew has represented Murdoch University in a number of moot competitions during his undergraduate degree, as well as coaching a number of Murdoch moot teams.

“The moot was one my best experiences in the law school. The opportunity to display my skills on a global stage was truly inspiring,” he said.

The success at this event rounds off an enormously successful year for the Murdoch moot program, with Murdoch law students winning awards at both national and international moot competitions in 2017.

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