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ANJeL’s ‘Team Australia’ relies on donations to support student participation in this unique moot every December. We welcome institutional sponsorship (contact luke.nottage@sydney.edu.au) as well as tax deductible gifts from alumni and friends of the team (via this form for donations through USydney, or this form via ANU).


ANJeL is seeking applications from students by 31 July for  a combined 'Team Australia' to compete in the Intercollegiate Negotiation Competition moot in Tokyo over 21-22 November. More information is available for Call for Applications document


ANJeL sent a team to the 13th Intercollegiate Negotiation (and Arbitration) Competition which was in Tokyo on 29-30 November 2014. Sydney Law School, in cooperation with the Australian Network for Japanese Law (ANJeL), put together a team of students to join “Team Australia” to compete in the competition. The team performed extremely well and placed third overall in the competition.

Team Australia, competition judges Tanaka, Aronson, and Bailey, with Ritsumeikan University, Round A of the competition.

Team Australia, competition judges Tanaka, Aronson, and Bailey, with Ritsumeikan University, Round A of the competition.

Kayvon Babai

Kayvon Babai is in his final year of a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts at the Australian National University. Kayvon studied Japanese for 6 years whilst in high school and participated in a school exchange to Tokyo. Upon commencing university, Kayvon developed an interest in international arbitration spent a semester at the University of Geneva in 2013, studying international economic arbitration and negotiation with students from around the world. Recently, he has been writing a thesis, as part of an internship with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, comparing procedural aspects of the international trade and investor-state dispute settlement systems, particularly in the context of tobacco plain packaging litigation. He has also spent the majority of his university career as a paralegal at one of Canberra’s top law firms. Kayvon hopes to continue developing his skills in arbitration and negotiation, particularly in a cross-cultural context.

Maea Lenei Buhre

Maea Lenei Buhre is in her fifth year of an Asia-Pacific Studies / Law degree at the Australian National University. She recently completed a yearlong exchange, studying Mandarin at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. She sees this moot as an opportunity to combine her legal studies with her North-East Asia experience. Now she has returned to Australia, she keeps up to date with news and events in the Asia-Pacific as an Editor at ‘The Monsoon Project’, an undergraduate publication of the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific. She is interested in employing her negotiation skills in an intercultural legal setting.

Nick Boyce

Nick Boyce is in his penultimate year of a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws at the University of Sydney. Nick has worked as a paralegal and most recently works for a professor on a global legal database project. He is actively involved in the university law society and is currently the intervarsity competitions officer. He has a particular interest in international commercial arbitration and represented the University of Sydney in the Vis Moot in 2013.

Kate Farrell

Kate Farrell is in her penultimate year of a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) / Bachelor of Laws at the University of Sydney. Kate has worked as intern in commercial law and currently enjoys working as a barrister's assistant. Kate has been actively involved in extra-curricular activities, particularly writing and editing university publications, volunteering for Aboriginal Legal Services, and has represented her university in national mooting and negotiations competitions. She looks forward to this opportunity to develop her legal skills in a cross-cultural context.

Aya Haruyama

Aya Haruyama is in her penultimate year of a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Melbourne. Having obtained Level N1 on the Japanese Language Proficiency Exam, Aya is currently working as a Research Assistant on the Japan Program at the Asian Law Centre, Melbourne Law School. She has conducted research on the Japanese National Bar Examination and Saiban-in system. Aya is also actively involved in case competitions such as the UBS Investment Banking Challenge and BCom Management Consulting Case Competitions. Aya is currently on the Executive Committee of the Financial Management Association of Australia (FMAA) and is an active member of Finsia. She hopes to extend her studies in Law after the completion of her undergraduate degree.

Kaisei Iwano

Kaisei Iwano is a penultimate Bachelor of Laws and Economics student at the Australian National University.  Born in Tokyo but raised on the Gold Coast, he enjoys golf and swimming in his downtime.  After a two-year stint turning around the underperforming ANU Japan Club between 2012-3 as Vice-President, Kaisei now keeps himself busy at the Australia-Japan Research Centre as an administrative/research staff, and helps out at the East Asia Forum and East Asian Bureau of Economic Research from time to time.  He has a working knowledge of Mandarin, and is a NAATI-accredited paraprofessional interpreter in Japanese.  Eventually Kaisei wants to play a role in strengthening bilateral economic ties between Australia and Japan through law.

Sarah Mercer

Sarah Mercer is a research assistant at both the Asian Law Centre in the Korean and Japanese programs and the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law. She is studying towards a Masters of Law (Juris Doctor) at the Melbourne Law School. Her Bachelor of Arts majors were in Literature and Korean and she also holds an Undergraduate Diploma of Languages (Chinese) from Monash University. Currently, Sarah works part-time at the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association in the role of Advocacy Officer and oversees their advocacy work in conjunction with the CLO. She also volunteers with Liberty Victoria in her spare time and has contributed to law reform submissions on their behalf. In Geneva for the Institutions in International Law subject, she participated in a Treaty Negotiation Exercise and looks forward to applying those skills in Tokyo. Ms Mercer has a keen interest in transnational law and the issues that arise when contracting across jurisdictions and she aspires to work internationally after graduation.

Alexandra Norris

Alexandra Norris (Team Captain) is in her fifth year of an Asia-Pacific Studies (Japanese) / Law degree at the Australian National University. She was awarded a scholarship to study at Nagoya University in 2013, where she captained the Nagoya University English-language team to second-place in the 2013 Tokyo Intercollegiate Negotiation and Arbitration Competition. During her exchange Alexandra enjoyed interning at the Allen & Overy Tokyo office, getting first-hand exposure to intercultural negotiation techniques. She is looking forward to expanding her knowledge of international law by participating in both this year's Tokyo competition, and the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot. Alex hopes to use these experiences to further the ties between Australia and Japan in her future career, particularly through the ANJeL network.

Anna Renalson O’Kane

Anna Renalson O’Kane is in her penultimate year of the Juris Doctor at the University of Sydney. Prior to commencing a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Anna spent a gap year teaching English at a Japanese high school in Aichi prefecture in 2007. As an undergraduate student, she was awarded a scholarship for 12-months exchange to Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, and was the secretary of the Swinburne Japanese Club in 2010. Anna has a background in debating and public speaking, and visited Osaka in 2011 to promote Australia-Japan international relations as winner of the Melbourne-Osaka Sister City Award at the 41st Victorian Japanese Language Speech Contest. After working for two years in a five-star hotel in Melbourne, Anna moved to Sydney to commence her studies in law in 2013. She is interested in practicing commercial law within the Asia-Pacific region, and looks forward to developing her skills in international arbitration and negotiation through this competition.

Isabel Roper

Isabel Roper (Team Captain) is in her final year of Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Security/Bachelor of Laws at the Australian National University. She has mooted in the ACT Supreme Court and explored an interest in cross-cultural legal systems with academic exchange terms at Trinity College, Dublin and the National University of Singapore. She has studied Japanese for several years and assisted with previous rounds of the ANJeL Canberra Seminar. Isabel is currently writing her Honours thesis on therapeutic jurisprudence in the coronial jurisdiction. She is also a sub-editor for the Federal Law Review, ACT Committee Member of the Alternative Law Journal and volunteers for the ANU Police Integrity Research Project and ANU-AMC Legal Literacy Program.

Elisa Solomon

Elisa Solomon is a fifth year Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws student at the University of Queensland, where she is on the executive committee of the Japanese Society. During her exchange to Osaka University in 2012, Elisa studied international law extensively and spent considerable time working as an intern at the Asia-Pacific Human Rights Information Centre in Osaka. She has also recently completed internships at international law firms in both Australia and Japan. Being half-Japanese, Elisa has a strong interest in Australia-Japan relations and would like to continue to develop her international advocacy skills to pursue a legal career in Japan and Australia.

Aditya Tumakaka

Aditya Tumakaka is an Indonesian lawyer and currently living in Melbourne to study Juris Doctor program at Melbourne Law School. Upon his completion of the program, he will become one of among the few Indonesian lawyers who understands and qualified to practice in both Indonesia and Australia jurisdictions where he sees to be one of potential market in the future. Aditya previously worked at one of Indonesian top tier law firms, DNC, practicing several areas of law including banking & finance, sharia banking, merger & acquisition, capital market, and commercial litigation where he spent 4 years as an Associate lawyer. During his career as a lawyer, he has been assigned to secondment programs at UOB Indonesia and DBS Indonesia where he served as in-house counsel. He has passed the Indonesian bar exam and currently waiting to be sworn as advocate. He received his Sarjana Hukum (LL.B equivalent) from Catholic University AtmaJaya, Jakarta, with particular focus in International law where he spent most of his time to participate in several international law moot court competitions both on national and international level such as, Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, Manfred Lach Space Law Moot Court, and Asia Cup.

Deborah White

Deborah White is in her final year of a Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of International & Global Studies at the University of Sydney. Deborah is currently working as a paralegal at National Australia Bank and has a strong interest in international law and dispute resolution. She has worked on cross-border transactions for the Mongolian Ministry of Justice in Ulaanbaatar and volunteered for the Federal Court of Australia’s Pacific Judicial Development Program. Deborah has represented Australia overseas at the Harvard National Model United Nations Conference and was the former Vice President of the United Nations Youth Association. Deborah is pursuing a career in Litigation & Dispute Resolution and is looking forward to developing skills in advocacy within a cross-cultural context.

Helen Xue

Helen Xue is in her penultimate year of a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws at the University of Sydney.  Helen first went to Japan in 2008 on exchange to Nagoya, and recently returned to study Japanese Law at Ritsumeikan University. She has a strong interest in the legal developments of the Asia-Pacific region and is able to communicate in English, Chinese and Japanese. Helen is committed to a wide range of extracurricular activities, including contributing to a number of student publications, pro bono consultancy and volunteering in her local community. She has also competed, convened and judged negotiations competitions in Sydney, and looks forward to refining her oral advocacy skills at an international level. Helen hopes to work in a cross-cultural capacity in the area of commercial law, building on the skills and experiences gained from this competition.

Dominique Yong

Dominique Yong (Team Captain) is in her final year of a Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Laws at the University of Sydney. She has extensive international work experience, most recently in Singapore and Washington DC, including in government, corporate law and pro bono work. Dominique has successfully competed in many national and international law competitions, and earlier this year represented the University of Sydney in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna, where she was recognised as one of the top individual oralists from around the world. As well as maintaining a professional interest in the performing arts, Dominique currently works in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution group of a magic circle firm. She looks forward to furthering her experience in international commercial law by leading Team Australia in the INC Moot, Tokyo.


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Last updated: 23 July 2015