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The 3rd Annual Honourable Michael Kirby Contract Law Moot Competition

Although first established in 2011 by Victoria University, the Honourable Michael Kirby Contract Law Moot Competition has quickly become the premier, national mooting competition in contract law for universities around Australia.

This year between 23 - 25 September, twenty-four teams drawn from fifteen universities competed for the coveted honour of winning the moot. Two new contenders, Australian National University and the University of Western Australia, participated for the first time.

The moot comprised a "multi-documentary" contract problem which was almost 50 pages in length and comparatively more complex, factually and legally, than previous years.

Students finely tune their skills in

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

This competition provides students the opportunity to develop both their substantive knowledge of contract law as well as practical legal skills.

Competition results

With some close and hard-fought mooting, the following overall outstanding results were achieved:

  • Queensland University of Technology (QUT) won the Mooting Competition.
  • Ms Lucy Munt from QUT was the highest scoring oralist in the Grand Final round, while Ms Breannon Bailey from Macquarie University received the coveted award for the highest scoring oralist in the overall final rounds.
  • Bond University (Team 2) was the highest scoring team in the preliminary rounds. Honourable mentions go to both QUT and Macquarie University.
  • Ms Ella Vines from Deakin University was the highest scoring oralist in the preliminary rounds. Honourable mentions go to Ms Lucy Munt from QUT, Ms Nicola Morris from Deakin University and Mr Brock Gunthorpe from Bond University (Team 2).

The final round between QUT and Bond University (Team 2) took place in the County Court. It was judged by his Honourable Michael Kirby, and Mr Michael Wyles SC and Mr Leslie Glick SC each of the Victorian Bar. QUT was declared the winner at the evening Gala Dinner.

Acknowledgements

Hosting such an auspicious event would not be possible without the assistance of many people including members of the judiciary and legal practitioners. We had more than 60 judges involved this year.

Special thanks to

  • His Honourable Justice Michael Rozenes
  • Chief Judge of the County Court of Victoria
  • The Honourable Justice Phillip Misso of the County Court of Victoria
  • Mr Peter Lovell from the Victorian Bar and
  • student volunteers and in particular, Mr Nathan Taylor, Mr Gerard Everett, Mr Antony McWilliams, Mr Mitchell Latham and Mr Scott Smith.

For the second time in as many years, the Leo Cussen Centre for Law sponsored the event.

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