Murdoch legal eagles win maritime moot

July 13, 2011

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Students from Murdoch University’s School of Law have won the 12th Annual International Maritime Law Arbitration Moot (IMLAM) in Singapore.

Belinda Loftus from South Fremantle, Andrew Mason from Sawyers Valley and Alex McVey from Leeming, competed in a pool with 17 other law schools from around the world during the five day competition, defeating the University of Southampton in the final.

Their coach, Lorraine Finlay from the School of Law, said she was very proud of the team.

“They were given a fictitious legal dispute around seven months ago for the competition. The question concerned the legal issues arising out of an explosion that occurred on board an LPG-carrying vessel that killed two people, caused damage to the vessel and port of discharge and destroyed the LPG cargo.

“The team worked extremely hard to produce a 25-page memorandum for both the Claimant and Respondent sides of the dispute,” she said.

“They also had to work on their oral arguments for both sides for presentation at the contest, which is an extremely nerve-wracking prospect because every stage is presided over by top judges.

“The team came through with flying colours and impressed everyone with their professionalism and quick-thinking.”

In the preliminary rounds, the team competed against the National University of Singapore, National Law School of India University, the University of Southampton and Universitas Padjadjaran from Indonesia.

To progress to the final the Murdoch students then won tough moots against the National University of Singapore in the quarter-finals and the University of Queensland in the semi-finals.

The closely-fought Grand Final was held at the Maxwell Chambers before a Bench consisting of the Hon Justice Judith Prakash (Justice of the Supreme Court of Singapore), Mr Lawrence Boo (Head of The Arbitration Chambers, Singapore) and Mr Michael Pryles (Chairman, Singapore International Arbitration Centre).

Dean of the School of Law Professor Phil Evans congratulated Lorraine and the team on their achievement.

“We strongly encourage our law students to take part in mooting competitions because it helps them to develop advocacy skills which will serve them well after they have obtained their law degree,” he said. “As a result there is an incredibly strong mooting culture at the school.

“We also think it’s important to expose students to this kind of social experience because it helps to develop them as people.

“Belinda, Andrew and Alex are great ambassadors for Murdoch University and I’d like to thank all the people who helped, advised and practised mooting with them over the last few months.”

The annual IMLAM competition is organised by Murdoch University and was hosted this year by the National University of Singapore from July 1-5.

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