The Annual Michael Kirby Contract Law Moot Competition is hosted by Victoria Law School 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.
About the competition
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.
Michael Kirby Justice Oration
Reflections on the role of advocates confronting power
Last year's Michael Kirby Justice Oration (2023) focused on the role of advocates when facing injustice and the abuse of power, and the critical role advocates now play in our society.
Ranging across time and place, our Orator, Barrister Julian McMahon AC SC reflected on:
- the role of an advocate as symbol and actor in confronting settings
- the necessity of the rule of law
- the importance of advocates speaking truth to power.
From imprisoned advocates to UN enquiries, to some of the work of the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG and our own Australian injustices. From liberal democracies to brutal regimes – this 2023 Michael Kirby Justice Oration explored what the role of advocates has been, and now become.
Congratulations to Australian National University (ANU) for winning the 11th Michael Kirby Contract Law Moot in September 2023, with Bond University placing second.
In 2023 the Michael Kirby Justice Oration was presented by Julian P McMahon AC S.C.