Record result for Murdoch mooters June 27, 2013 A group of Murdoch law students have achieved the University's best result to date in one of the world's most prestigious mooting competitions. (L-R) Professor Phil Evans, Will Goodheart, Amy Ryan, Stephanie O'Connor, Patrick Williams and Vlada Lemaic Held in Vienna, the annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot has been referred to as the 'Olympics of international trade law'. Professor Phil Evans coached the team and said the impressive performance was the result of months of hard work. "We started training in December, knowing that competition was going to be tough," he said. "Our team of undergraduates were competing against postgraduate students, who are significantly older and often have more life experience." From a competitive field of 295 teams from 60 countries, the Murdoch University team finished in 35th place. Will Goodheart (of South Perth) impressed the judges, and was selected for a Best Speaker's Award. "Will is a strong talent and a gifted advocate. To be acknowledged at such a high profile competition is an incredible achievement," Professor Evans said. Mr Goodheart, along with teammates Amy Ryan (of Burns Beach), Stephanie O'Connor (of Yokine), Patrick Williams (of Fremantle) and Vlada Lemaic (of Rivervale) were honoured at a special reception last month. Mooting is a roleplaying activity, similar to debating, where participants argue a legal issue against an opposing team before a panel of experts. The setting resembles a high level court or arbitration case. For the Vis moot, competitors also had to prepare a 5000 word written argument. "It's an important part of practical legal training, as it is very similar to arguing a case before a judge in a real courtroom," Professor Evans said. "You have to think on your feet, a skill which is hard to teach and something you can’t get from a text book." Print This Post Media contact: Candice Barnes Tel: (08) 9360 2474 | Mobile: 0408 201 309 | Email: email@example.com Categories: General, Teaching and Learning, Future Students, International students, Murdoch achievements, school of law Tags: amy ryan, arbitration, mooting, murdoch university, patrick williams, phil evans, school of law, stephanie oconnor, trade law, vis moot, vlada lemaic, will goodheart, willem c vis Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!