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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 fielding a team in 2014 to participate at the competition over 29-30 November 2014 in Tokyo

ANJeL was delighted again to field "Team Australia" in the 11th Intercollegiate Negotiation and Arbitration Competition in Tokyo over 1-2 December 2012, combining students enrolled at ANU and USydney plus a former ANU student/participant as assistant coach. ANJeL gratefully acknowledges financial support for the 2012 team from:

ANJeL, ANU (Australian National University) College of Law, ANU Japan Institute, Ashurst, Baker & McKenzie, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Australia), Clifford Chance, Yukio Hayashi and Associates, the INC organisers, Minter Ellison, an anonymous individual donor, Mitsui Matsushima, Sofico Australia, and the University of Sydney.

The 2012 moot was won by Keio University (for the first time), with Waseda University coming second (having won for the first time last year) and Kyoto University coming third. This ranking shows how strong all the top university teams have become since the competition began 11 years ago.

Team Australia competed very strongly, coming 6th overall - ahead of the University of Tokyo (which has often won the competition). Team Australia scored particularly well in the Negotiation round, with an average of 163 - compared to 152 for the top five universities. The four students competing in the Japanese language division, against a Keio team, scored 168 in the Japanese language round - compared to a top score of 175 across the entire competition.

The Team also performed well in the Arbitration round. They scored less in the Japanese language round division, facing a highly interventionist presiding arbitrator, but the students adapted very professionally. They learned a lot from that experience, as did the other members of the Team in the other rounds and from their intensive joint preparations in Sydney, Canberra and Tokyo.

After the competition, the students enjoyed visiting the Supreme Court of Japan and the Tokyo offices of some sponsoring law firms, to learn more about practising law in Japan, as well as attending the inaugural forum in Japan for the Australasian Forum for International Arbitration.


2012 Team



English Language Team Member Profiles


Diana Liu

Diana Liu (Team Captain) is in her penultimate year of a Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of Sydney. She is committed to a wide range of activities including working as a paralegal, actively contributing to the Sydney University Law Students’ Society and volunteering for many charitable causes. She has returned this year to compete with greater domestic and international competition experience and is looking forwarding to leading the Team to further success.

Jared Webster

Jared Webster (English Co-Captain) is in his final year of a Bachelor of Economics/Bachelor of Laws at the University of Sydney. Jared has worked as a paralegal in several Australian law firms and most recently as a volunteer at a youth legal centre. Jared has been actively involved in extracurricular activities including coordinating community leadership programs, pro bono consultancy, debating and mooting. Jared has a particular interest in ADR and international law and would like to continue developing his legal skills at the international level.

Mitch Garth

Mitch Garth is in his second year of a Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of Sydney. He spent a year studying Japanese in Kanagawa after graduating from high school in 2008, and was Manly Young Citizen of the Year 2009. In 2012 Mitch represented the University in the Japanese Government's Future Business Counterparts of Australia program. He also completed a summer clerkship with a law firm in Tokyo. Having studied Japanese for close to ten years and studied or worked in Japan six times, Mitch has both competed in and judged several Japanese speaking competitions.

Shiang Ye

Shiang Ye is in her third year of a Bachelor of Laws degree at the Australian National University. She has a strong interest in international public law and human rights law. Shiang has competed in a number of law competitions including the 2012 Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition. She was a member of the winning team in the 2012 Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Moot and will be representing Australia in Hong Kong next year. Shiang currently volunteers as a team member for the ACT Human Rights Act Project. She is looking forward to developing her advocacy skills in a cross-cultural context. 


Japanese Language Team Member Profiles


Ganesh V

Ganesh Vaheisvaran (Japanese Co-Captain) is a fourth year Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws student at the University of Sydney, where he is Treasurer of the Japanese Society. Ganesh first went to Japan in 2008 to attend high school in Saitama, and recently went on exchange to Keio University in Tokyo. Ganesh has a passion for languages and is able to communicate in English, Tamil and Japanese, and is currently learning Korean. Ganesh has worked as a summer clerk and is presently a paralegal at an international commercial law firm. In the future, Ganesh hopes to work in the field of international commercial law within North-Asia, building upon the negotiation skills derived from this competition. Ganesh was a member of the English team in 2011.

Tomoyuki Hachigo

Tomoyuki Hachigo is in his penultimate year of Bachelor of Arts/Laws at the University of New South Wales, enrolled at the University of Sydney to compete in this year’s Moot Competition in Tokyo. He has worked as a paralegal at an Australian law firm and is experienced in giving technical support for litigation matters. Due to his Japanese background, he is interested in Japan and has completed a clerkship at the Tokyo office of an international law firm in 2012. He is keen to pursue a career as a lawyer, particularly in litigation and dispute resolution practices. He also enjoys learning foreign languages and travelling, and has spent an exchange semester in Berlin during 2011 as part of his Arts degree.

Eric Shek

Eric Shek is in his penultimate year of a Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Studies (Japanese)/Bachelor of laws at the Australian National University. He has deep passions for international relations and linguistics, with knowledge of Japanese, Chinese, French and Latin. Eric spent a year of exchange study in 2011 at Osaka University, where he was the only foreign member of the Shorinji Kempo martial arts club. He was Sponsorship Officer of the Asia-Pacific Studies Society in 2010, and has been an ANU Ambassador promoting student equity since 2009. Additionally, Eric was an assistant to the Australian Network for Japanese Law in 2009, and has worked in Hong Kong as a law and finance intern. He hopes to use the skills from this competition to develop a career in international dispute relation. In his spare time, Eric is an avid violinist and plays in the Canberra Youth Orchestra.

Marcel Delany

Marcel Delany is in his third year of a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Asian Studies at the Australian National University. Marcel first became interested in Japan after travelling there for three months when he was 15. Last year, he spent a semester at Nanzan University learning Japanese. Marcel is interested in developing his skills in arbitration and negotiation to help in his goal of becoming a practising lawyer in Japan and Australia.


Assistant Coach

Rohan Kapur is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory, having recently graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) degree from the Australian National University. Rohan is passionate about advocacy and dispute resolution, having written his honours thesis on the evolving practices of International Commissions of Inquiry. Throughout university Rohan competed in a variety of national and international law competitions. Since 2008, Rohan has represented the ANU twice in the ALSA National Negotiation Competition. In 2009, Rohan was Director of Competitions for the ANU Law Students Society. In 2010, Rohan was a member of the World Champion team of the Phillip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition.


Past teams



Last updated: 20 June 2014