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 one of the largest moot court competitions in Australia, and has been running since 2011. It is Australia’s only Contract Law Moot. 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 many universities, mooting competitions can be selected as an elective unit in your 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.

Kirby Moot competition 2021

We are pleased to announce the 9th Annual Kirby Contract Law Moot 2021 competition coming out from Covid-19 in 2020.

Registration for this event is essential and social distancing must be adhered to.

Download the 2021 documents:

For more information please contact the Kirby Moot Coordinator Sue Pejic by email at [email protected].

Registration: Competitor & teams

Registration costs $850+GST per team.

Register to compete

Registration: Volunteer, observer & judge

Register to judge

Register to volunteer/observe

Oration

Established in 2010, the annual Michael Kirby Justice Oration provides a platform for leaders within our community to share their experiences, deep understanding, knowledge and reflections on issues of justice.

In 2021 the Michael Kirby Justice Oration will be presented by Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM, President, Australian Human Rights Commission on Wednesday 25 August commencing at 5.30pm. This is an invitation only event.

Cocktail party

Victoria University's College of Law & Justice invites you to attend the 9th Annual Michael Kirby Contract Law Moot cocktail party to celebrate students' achievements in this year's competition.

The cocktail party will take place on Thursday 26 August 2021 commencing at 7pm at the City Queen Campus.

Registration is essential. Tickets are free.

Key dates

Event Date
Competitor & team registration opens 1 June
Clarification questions* to be submitted to [email protected] 25 June
Competitor & team registration closes 16 July

Memoranda for claimant submissions close (email [email protected] by 11.59pm)

2 August
Memoranda for respondent submissions due (email [email protected] by 11.59pm)
Students, please note the respondent submissions can be generically written
9 August
Exchange of memoranda 11 August
RSVPs for the cocktail party close 13 August
Volunteer, observer and judge registration closes 20 August
Oral hearings in Melbourne (VU’s College of Law & Justice, Queen St Melbourne) 23-25 August
Oration ceremony 25 August
Semi-final 1 (Old Magistrate Court, 10-11.30am)
Semi-final 2 (Old Magistrate Court, 11.30am-1pm)
Final (Old Magistrate Court, 2-3.30pm)
26 August
Presentations & cocktail party (Cowen Centre, 5-7.30pm) 26 August

* 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 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.

Event sponsors

Past competitions

In 2018 the Kirby Moot was held at VU's College of Law & Justice, Queen St Melbourne.

In 2017, 27 teams from 17 universities competed in the moot.

The 2017 Kirby Moot grand final was held at the County Court, with a panel of judges.

View the 2017 winners.

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 Sue Pejic, Moot coordinator, by emailing [email protected].