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:
- 2017 Kirby Moot problem, with clarifications & corrections
- Kirby Moot 2017 rules, which includes registration details and a summary of requirements and deadlines
- 2017 General Rounds Draw
If you've registered, you can take part in the Kirby Moot as a:
- moot competitor
- 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.
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:
- legal analysis and reasoning
- legal research
- factual investigation
- communication (oral and written)
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.
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.
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.
Tickets cost $95 per person. Registration closes Friday 1 September 2017.
|Competitor registration opens||14 June|
|Competition problem released||12 July|
|Volunteer, observer and judge registration opens||17 July|
|Clarification questions* to be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org||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.
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.
For more information contact Linda Telai, Moot Director by email: email@example.com.