Melbourne Law School team wins International Moot Court Competition

June 11 / 62

Winning team Rebecca Koh, Daniel Ari Baker, Glyn Ayres and Philip Aitken.
Winning team Rebecca Koh, Daniel Ari Baker, Glyn Ayres and Philip Aitken.

A team from the Melbourne Law School has won the 2011 European Law Students’ Association Moot Court Competition. 

Moot Court competitions see participants take part in simulated court proceedings.

Melbourne’s team comprised law students Rebecca Koh (Bachelor of Laws), Daniel Ari Baker (Bachelor of Laws), Glyn Ayres (Juris Doctor) and Philip Aitken (Juris Doctor). 

This is the third time a University team has won the competition, making it the only institution in the world to have won more than once. 

The team travelled to Europe to compete in the final rounds of the global competition after winning the Asia-Pacific Regional Round in Taipei in March. 

This year’s competition, which took place in Geneva, focussed on the law of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). It brought together teams from around the world to compete in a simulated panel hearing. 

After progressing through the preliminary and quarter finals, the Melbourne team defeated the London School of Economics and Political Science in the semi-final, and the National Taiwan University in the grand final.

Dean of the Melbourne Law School Professor Carolyn Evans said  the school was thrilled by the team’s performance. 

“This win is great recognition for the huge amount of work the team has put in,” she said. 

Team member Glyn Ayres said that the team had enjoyed “mooting in front of the most eminent and intimidating WTO specialists in the world”. 

Fellow team member Philip Aitken graciously acknowledged the calibre of competitors.

“We were surrounded by brilliant students from around the world,” he said. 

As well as being named overall winner, the team received awards for Best Overall Written Submissions; Best Orator in the Grand Final (Glyn Ayres); Second Best Orator in the Preliminary Rounds (Glyn Ayres); and Third Best Orator in the Preliminary Rounds (Daniel Ari Baker). 

Prizes include scholarships to attend courses on international trade and investment law at the World Trade Institute in Bern, and at the University of Barcelona.

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