Kirby Moot

The Annual Michael Kirby Contract Law Moot Competition is hosted by Victoria Law School in the College of Law and Justice at Victoria University (VU).

This four-day annual competition is open to teams across Australia. It is the largest moot court competition in Australia, and has been running since 2011. Winners of this competition win prize money and usually go on to compete in international mooting competitions.

Mooting is the oldest form of legal training for law advocates. At VU, mooting competitions can be selected as an elective unit in our undergraduate law degree.

The Kirby Moot demonstrates VU’s strong industry connections. It is a fixture in the legal calendar and has strong support from the County Court of Victoria, members of the Victorian Bar, various law firms and practical legal training institutions. Law professionals are invited to judge the rounds and provide feedback to students.

Read more about VU's mooting program.

Kirby Moot 2017 competition

The 7th annual Michael Kirby Contract Law moot will be held from 25 - 28 September 2017.

Download the 2017 documents:

If you've registered, you can take part in the Kirby Moot as a:

  • moot competitor
  • judge
  • volunteer or observer.

Purchase the Michael Kirby Contract Law Moot DVD of the finals from 2016, and pre-purchase 2017, to learn from the best teams in the competition. All proceeds will be used for the organisation of the Moot.

Compete

Law students of Australian universities can register to compete in the Moot in teams of four.

Each team is allowed to moot four times in the general rounds. Students are provided with formative feedback to help them reflect on their performance and incrementally develop the relevant advocacy skills and their overall delivery of arguments.

To ensure its authenticity and relevance to students’ learning, the moot problem is designed to closely resemble a real-life dispute and the moot judges are mainly practitioners.

It is hoped that students who take this opportunity will further develop fundamental law skills including:

  • problem-solving
  • legal analysis and reasoning
  • legal research
  • factual investigation
  • communication (oral and written)
  • organisation
  • management
  • teamwork. 

Ultimately, these skills will better equip all law graduates for further study and for their future careers.

Each university can register a maximum of TWO teams and it is expected that at least one coach will accompany the team(s) to Melbourne and be willing to judge some of the rounds.

Team registrations have closed.

Judge

Law professionals are invited to lend their expertise to the Kirby Moot as arbitrators (judges) in the moot rounds and mentors to the competitors.

Arbitrators will provide students with formative feedback to help them reflect on their performance and incrementally develop the relevant advocacy skills and their overall delivery of arguments.

Registrations for becoming a judge have now closed.

Volunteer or observe

Students, teachers and members of the public are all invited to watch any of the moot rounds.

There is also a unique opportunity for secondary school students to gain experience at a university level moot as volunteers. As volunteers, some of the tasks that you may undertake include:

  • assisting with event organisation
  • escorting judges and team members
  • time keeping.

You will be surrounded by law students from all over Australia as well as members of the legal profession.

Registrations to volunteer or observe have now closed.

Gala Dinner

Victoria University's College of Law and Justice invites you to attend the 7th Annual Honourable Michael Kirby Contract Law Moot Gala Dinner to celebrate students' achievements in this year's competition.

This year, the Gala Dinner will take place at 7pm on 28 September 2017, inside one of Melbourne's most iconic event spaces: The Pavilion at the Arts Centre Melbourne.

Register to attend the dinner

Tickets cost $95 per person. Registration closes Friday 1 September 2017.

Key dates

Event Date
Competitor registration opens 14 June
Competition problem released 12 July
Volunteer, observer and judge registration opens 17 July
Clarification questions* to be submitted to linda.telai@vu.edu.au 28 July
Competitor registration closes - ensure full payment before closing date 28 July
Team members registration closes 4 August
Memoranda for claimant submissions now closed 28 August
RSVP closes for the Gala dinner 1 September
Memoranda for respondent submissions due 13 September
Exchange of memoranda 15 September
Volunteer, observer and judge registration registration close 20 September
Oral hearings in Melbourne (various venues, mostly in Melbourne's legal precinct) 25-28 September

* Clarifications should be limited to matters that have legal significance in the context of the moot problem. A request must also be accompanied with a short explanation of the expected significance of the clarification. Any request that does not contain such an explanation may be ignored. Only five clarification questions per team are allowed. Each question can have a maximum of one related sub-question.

Past competitions

In 2016, 36 teams from 22 different universities competed in the moot, with several universities competing for the first time.

This was a big increase from 2015, when 18 different Australian universities were represented.

The 2016 Kirby Moot grand final was held at the County Court, with a panel of judges:

  • The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG
  • Simon Marks QC
  • Ian Martindale QC
  • Michael Wyles QC.

2016 moot

2015 moot

2014 moot

Contact us

The Kirby Moot will be held at the College of Law & Justice at the City Queen Campus, Victoria University, 295 Queen St, Melbourne.

For more information contact Linda Telai, Moot Director by email: linda.telai@vu.edu.au.