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Intercollegiate Negotiation Competition

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Team Australia competed in the Intercollegiate Arbitration and Negotiation Competition in Tokyo in late 2015. This team brought together 10 students from University of Sydney, University of Melbourne, Australian National University and Monash University. The team overcame the challenges of long-distances, time-zone differences and scheduling challenges to be able to demonstrate admirable preparation skills and to deliver a fantastic performance against tough competitors.

ANJeL thanks its generous sponsors: Herbert Smith Freehills, Baker & McKenzie, Allens Linklaters the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Australia), and the ANJeL Judicial Visitors in Sydney and Canberra. The team also thanks the members of the bar, practitioners and INC alumni in Sydney, Canberra and Tokyo who each gave of their time and experience to help the Team prepare, making this remarkable experience possible.
You can read more about the team in the CIArb Australia News bulletin for December 2015 (see page 69).

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).


Introducing Team Australia 2015

Shojeeb Alam

Shojeeb Alam is in his penultimate year of a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Law at Monash University, with a double major in Japanese and Korean. Shojeeb has studied Japanese as a second language throughout high school and university earning a number of academic achievements along the way including the Premiers Award in VCE Japanese Second Language in 2012 and the Australian-Asian Association Japanese Language Award in 2013 for his outstanding results in Japanese at university level. In 2014, Shojeeb was awarded a New Colombo Plan scholarship to undertake a semester exchange to the Law Faculty of Hitotsubashi University. He was selected to deliver a speech in Japanese about the importance of language exchanges at the New Colombo Plan Launch in Tokyo to an audience of distinguished guests including Prime Minister Abbott and Japanese dignitaries. During his time in Japan, Shojeeb furthered his knowledge of Japanese law by taking Japanese law subjects with Japanese students and capitalized on these experiences by successfully completing JLPT N1. Upon completing his exchange, Shojeeb utilised his multilingual skills through his involvement in the activities of the Asian Law Centre, where he assisted visiting Japanese judges in their research on the Australian legal education system. In addition to his Japanese language studies, Shojeeb has also undertaken exchanges to Seoul National University in Korea, where he is currently completing further study in advanced Korean in preparation for an internship at a major Korean law firm. Shojeeb has previously received formal negotiation training through an intensive negotiation course at Monash University. He hopes to use the INC to further develop his negotiation skills and advocacy experience to prepare for a career as a multilingual commercial lawyer in the Asia-Pacific region.

Lisa Jiang

Lisa Jiang is in her second year of a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws at the University of Sydney. Born in Australia with a Japanese background, Lisa has always had a passion for Japanese language and culture. In 2010, she competed in the Background Speakers Division of the 41st Japanese Language Speech Contest despite being two years younger than the guideline age, placing 1st in the NSW finals and 2nd in the National Finals. Her speech, titled ‘Things we shouldn’t forget’ (忘れてはいけないこと) elaborated on her personal experience of visiting the Hiroshima Peace Memorial and the importance of peace awareness education across generations. Lisa also placed first in the 2013 NSW Higher School Certificate Heritage Japanese course, and obtained Level N1 for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test in the same year. She has cross-cultural work experience through a six-month internship at a Japanese visa consultation company in Sydney. Her internship work involved English-Japanese translation of articles outlining Australian immigration laws, as well as providing assistance with visa applications. Lisa also has extensive volunteering experience, receiving the Diamond Award for the NSW Premier’s student volunteering program for 80 hours of volunteering in 2011. More recently, Lisa volunteered for the World Scholarship Organisation which aims to fund educational and vocational training to underprivileged children from the world’s poorest nations, where she assisted in the organisation of fundraising events and Japanese-English translation of its website. Since December 2014, she has been working as a Japanese-capable litigation paralegal in a leading international law firm. In her role as a paralegal, Lisa has worked on a wide range of matters spanning a number of jurisdictions. She is looking forward to this opportunity to develop her skills in international negotiation and arbitration.

Stephen Ke

Stephen Ke is in his penultimate year of a Bachelor of Political, Economic and Social Sciences (Hons I)/Bachelor of Laws at the University of Sydney. His interests lie in the intersection between international law and international relations, with a particular focus on disputes arising in the East Asian region. Awarded first class honours for his undergraduate degree, Stephen is currently preparing for a PhD in International Relations (to begin on completion of his law degree). Stephen is fluent in Korean and hopes to work in dispute resolution in the East Asian region.
Stephen has over four years’ experience as a paralegal. He currently works in a mid-sized law firm in Sydney, representing statutory and government bodies in complex contract disputes and administrative law cases. Many cases that he has worked on have involved alternative dispute resolution processes and lengthy negotiations between parties. This role has included assisting with a successful appeal to the High Court of Australia.
Stephen worked as a legal researcher for a large international legal compliance company, authoring courses on Australian and New Zealand law. He currently interns at the Constitutional Reform Unit at Sydney Law School. He is also a case reporter for an international law database published by Oxford University Press. Stephen was previously an editor for an intercollegiate student law journal distributed in seven law schools around Australia.
An experienced competitor, Stephen has judged and convened mooting and skills competitions held by the University of Sydney Law Society for the past three years. As this year’s Judging Coordinator, he is responsible for organising and maintaining judging standards across all competitions held by the Society. Stephen competed at the UNSW and UTS Intervarsity Negotiations Competitions, placing runner-up and semi-finalist respectively. He is excited to further his negotiation experience at a cross-cultural level at the Intercollegiate Negotiation Competition in Tokyo.

Jeremy Latcham

Jeremy Latcham is a first year Juris Doctor student at the University of Melbourne, having previously completed a Bachelor of Science (Genetics) concurrent with a Diploma of Languages (Japanese) at the same university.
He visited Japan on two occasions during his undergraduate studies. His first visit was in early 2012 while studying at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, after being accepted into the university’s Short-Stay Winter Program based on academic merit. Later that year, he visited Fukushima as a part of the ‘Kizuna Project’, organised by the Japan International Cooperation Centre, which allowed overseas students to survey firsthand the physical and economic effects of the Tohoku Earthquake. Throughout his undergraduate, he was also a committee member of the Melbourne University Japanese Club, where he oversaw the 300-plus member organisation’s expenses and helped to organise and facilitate club events. Within this role, he assisted with facilitating a visit by Chuo University law students to Melbourne in cooperation with the University’s Asian Law Centre. During the first semester of his Juris Doctor he participated in the Melbourne Law School’s Negotiation and Client Interview competitions.
Jeremy is an active member of St John Ambulance Victoria, a First Aid volunteer organisation, where he helps to provide medical assistance at many of the state’s largest public and private events.

Stephen McCann

Stephen McCann is in his final year of a Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws at the University of Sydney. He has a strong interest in Asian law with a particular focus on Japan, and has taken up a number of opportunities to work and study there. With the support of a government scholarship, Stephen studied Japanese law at the Kyoto and Tokyo campuses of Ritsumeikan University at the start of 2014. Later that year, he spent a semester at Hitotsubashi University, studying international business law at the Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy in Tokyo. It was here that he developed an interest in arbitration and negotiation through a dispute resolution course focused on international arbitration. As part of the course, he wrote a paper considering the implications of the conflict between international arbitration and insolvency regimes. During his time at Hitotsubashi University, Stephen also interned with the Tokyo office of a large American law firm, primarily assisting their corporate practice group. He then returned to Japan this year to work as a summer associate in the project and asset finance team of another large international law firm in Tokyo. Stephen has also gained commercial legal experience in Australia, working as a paralegal for firms in Sydney. This includes experience at an independent practice specialising in commercial litigation as well as a large global law firm with multi-jurisdictional practice groups. He has also worked in the office of a federal government minister for two years. Beyond study and work, Stephen is committed to a number of extra-curricular activities. He has an interest in public policy and has taken part in youth parliaments in the past. He is also a lifetime rugby player and has played in a competitive local competition throughout university. He enjoys learning languages and continues to improve his Japanese, taking additional classes outside of his degree coursework. He hopes to further his international career, and looks forward to developing his negotiation skills in a cross-cultural setting during the competition.

Tom Murphy

Tom Murphy is in his final year of a Bachelor of Laws (Hons)/Bachelor of Asia Pacific Security degree at the Australian National University, and holds dual Diplomas of Business and Management. Tom spent a year on exchange in Akita City in Japan on a full Department of Defence Scholarship, and has also won scholarships to study in South Korea and Myanmar. Tom has continued his studies of Japanese at university, and brings over five years’ experience in legal advocacy competitions, especially witness examination and mooting. Tom is an active member of the student community; he is currently the ANU Students Association College of Asia Pacific Representative, and has represented the students of the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre. During this time, he worked with fellow students to write submissions to government on the 2014 and 2015 Defence White Papers. Tom has also served as an elected Social Events Officer in the Law Students Society. He has contributed articles on international security to the ANU student newspaper, Woroni, and was recently published in the ANU periodical, New Mandala. He has also performed in the ANU Japanese ‘Za Kabuki’ play and the annual Law Revue. Tom has over two years’ experience as a paralegal with Snedden Hall & Gallop Lawyers, has recently completed clerkships with DLA Piper and Herbert Smith Freehills, and has interned with the Sydney Rule of Law Institute and the Seoul office of Macquarie Securities Korea. He currently represents the University as a Student Ambassador working for the marketing team in the College of Asia Pacific, drawing on interpersonal skills developed from his experiences working in the hospitality industry, as a martial arts instructor, and as an overseas English teacher. Tom is interested in regional security studies, and is an active member of the Australian American Association, the Australian Institute for International Affairs, and the Institute for Regional Security. The focus of his Honours thesis is upon the constitutionality of certain aspects of domestic counter-terrorism law in a comparative context. Upon graduation, he aspires to work in international arbitration and litigation in either private or public sector, with his sights set firmly on the bar.

Kieran Pender

Kieran Pender (Team Captain – English Division) is a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws student at the Australian National University, and a clerk in the Employment Law team of a leading independent Canberra firm. He was recently a Santander Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, and later this year will be undertaking a summer clerkship at the Brisbane office of an international law firm.
Kieran is a senior student editor of eminent Australian law journal, the Federal Law Review, and has previously contributed to the Communications Law Bulletin and Ethos: Journal of the ACT Law Society. His published work includes an analysis of the legality of unpaid internships, an exposition on the practical relevance of open justice in modern litigation and an assessment of Australian campaign finance regulation following a seminal High Court decision.
In 2014, Kieran completed a six-month internship in the office of an Australian Senate Member, preparing a paper on the complex question of statehood in international law and practice. This research was recently nominated for the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Student Prize. He has an exceptional academic record, and was awarded the Ann Downer Memorial Prize for his performance in a compulsory public law course.
Kieran is also a highly-regarded freelance sports journalist, and has been a finalist in the Young Football Writer of the Year category of the FFDU Awards for the past three years. He contributes to The Guardian, FourFourTwo, Bicycling Australia, Leopold Method and RIDE Magazine, as well as providing media management services to peak national body Cycling Australia.
Kieran harbours long-term ambitions to go to the bar, with a desire to practice in private international law and arbitration. He is looking forward to leading the English language division of Team Australia at the Intercollegiate Negotiation Competition in Tokyo.

Camilla Pondel

Camilla Pondel is looking forward to completing her Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Music Performance in 2016 at the Australian National University, ahead of pursuing an international career in commercial law. Her strong interest in Asia was sparked by studying Japanese, undertaking an exchange in Tokyo and completing an internship at a large international commercial law firm in Shanghai. During this internship, Camilla worked extensively on commercial arbitration matters involving Chinese companies, undertaking comprehensive legal research in preparation for arbitral hearings. She has since broadened her experience in the area through dealings with the World Trade Organisation during studies in Geneva, where she had exposure to the practical dispute resolution mechanisms employed by the WTO. Camilla has recently completed a legal research internship at Parliament House in Canberra, submitting a detailed research paper examining aspects of investor-state dispute settlement. She intends to undertake an honours thesis in law next year on the subject of international arbitral award enforcement.
With more than two years’ paralegal experience at a prominent boutique litigation firm in Canberra, Camilla has been actively involved in a number of matters settled by negotiation and mediation, and has taken part in formulating arguments and discussing negotiation strategy. She relished putting these skills into practice when she competed in legal negotiations at ANU. 
Camilla has also enjoyed being an active member of the ANU community. Last year she served as Vice President of the ANU Law Students’ Society and this year has taken on the role of ANU School of Music Performance Student Representative.  She debates competitively, and has represented ANU nationally and internationally at debating competitions including the Australasian Debating Championships. As a student editor of the Federal Law Review, Camilla has enjoyed working with authors, editors and other students in the publication of this well-regarded legal journal. Camilla recently completed the requirements of her Bachelor of Music, and continues to play the viola. She recently returned to Australia following her participation in the Moscow Conservatory’s International Summer School.  
Camilla is thrilled to represent Australia at the 2015 Tokyo Intercollegiate Negotiation Competition while gaining valuable practical skills in the growing area of international alternative dispute resolution.

Anna Renalson O’Kane

Anna Renalson O’Kane (Team Captain – Japanese Division) is in her third year of the Juris Doctor at the University of Sydney. She commenced learning Japanese language in high school, developing a strong interest in Australia-Japan relations that has shaped her educational and career pursuits to date.
After working as an English teacher at a high school in Aichi prefecture in 2007, Anna commenced a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne. She consistently achieved top subject scores for her communications and Advanced Japanese subjects throughout her degree, also making the Dean’s List. In 2009, Anna was awarded a Japanese Government (JASSO) Scholarship for 12-months exchange to Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, which enabled her to engage in the specialised study of Japanese language, media and journalism. Anna served as Secretary of the Swinburne Japanese Club in 2010, and demonstrated success in public speaking by winning the Melbourne-Osaka Sister City Award, the major prize at the 41st Victorian Japanese Language Speech Contest. This award saw her return to Osaka to promote Australia-Japan international relations as an ambassador for the City of Melbourne.
Following graduation, Anna obtained her level N2 JLPT qualification and worked for almost two years at an internationally renowned five-star hotel in Melbourne, before moving to Sydney in 2013 to commence her law degree. She received an AsiaBound study grant, enabling her to undertake intensive courses in Japanese Law at Ritsumeikan University’s Kyoto and Tokyo campuses in early 2014. In the same year, she represented Australia in the Japanese-language division at the 13th Intercollegiate Negotiation Competition, where the team achieved third place overall. Keen to deepen her understanding of dispute resolution processes, Anna is currently undertaking elective studies in International Commercial Arbitration. This complements her work as a Japanese-capable paralegal in the Litigation team of a prominent international commercial law firm, where she primarily assists on multi-jurisdictional dispute resolution and contentious regulatory investigations.

Anna is excited to lead Australia’s Japanese-language team in the INC this year, and hopes to further develop her commercial arbitration and negotiation skills in preparation for her career.

Dan Trevanion

Dan Trevanion is a combined Law/Arts degree student, majoring in Indonesian language studies at the Australian National University. Currently, he is in his fourth year of study. Dan developed an interest in the Asian region following studies in linguistics, particularly a comparative study between Indonesian and Japanese language. He furthered this interest through an in-country exchange to Salatiga under the Ethel Tory language scholarship.
Dan is an active member of the student community at ANU, serving as the treasurer of the Law Students’ Society and treasurer of the on-campus Interhall Sports Association. Additionally, he has represented ANU at numerous national mooting competitions over the previous three years. He has successfully competed in a variety of legal fields such as the Kirby Contracts Moot, Administrative Appeals Tribunal Moot, Castan Human Rights Moot, Shine Torts Moot and Department of Public Prosecutions Trial Competition. He led ANU as best speaker for the General Rounds of the 2013 Australian Law Students’ Association (ALSA) International Humanitarian Law Moot, culminating in the highest team ranking after general rounds. He backed up this result in 2014, placing third overall in the same competition.
Dan works as a part-time guide at the High Court of Australia. In this role he assists with the dissemination of information on the work of the High Court and its recent decisions. He uses the opportunity to develop his legal communication skills. His experience at the High Court has driven his intent to become an appellate level barrister.
Dan expects the 2015 Tokyo Intercollegiate Negotiation Competition to be an excellent learning experience for cross-cultural legal advocacy. He intends to use the opportunity to further his knowledge of international commercial legal standards and practices, a field of study he intends to pursue in the future.


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