Murdoch's second victory in international moot

October 26, 2010

Left to right: Adjunct Professor Tony Brennan, Lauren Dybeck, Yvette Fenton, Kristian Maley

For the second time in three years Murdoch University’s School of Law has won the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Moot, competing against 31 other teams from around the world.

The Moot was held at the Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California from October 22 to 24 and featured teams from Kings College in London, UC Berkeley in California and the University of Cologne in Germany.

Murdoch’s team consisted of Yvette Fenton and Lauren Dybeck, who have been working on the Moot scenario since April under the direction and mentorship of their coach, Adjunct Professor Tony Brennan, and assistant coach Kristian Maley.  Mr Maley was part of the Murdoch team that won the inaugural competition in Boston in 2008.

Dean of Law Professor Gabriël Moens said the moot showed that Murdoch law students were truly competitive on a world stage.

“Our team entered the finals with the highest ranking in its general rounds grouping, defeating Suffolk Law School, Boston in the quarter-finals,” Professor Moens said.

“The team then went on to defeat Heinrich Heine University of Düsseldorf in the semi-final, before triumphing over New York University Law School in the grand final.”

Ms Fenton received an Honourable Mention in the Best Speaker awards.

The FDI Moot involves a hypothetical case in connection with an investment by a private investor in a foreign host state. The FDI Moot spans a period of approximately six months each year and has two phases: the writing of memoranda for claimant and respondent and the hearing of oral argument based upon the memoranda.

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