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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).

 

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2016 Team Australia
2016 Team Australia competed successfully in the Intercollegiate Arbitration and Negotiation Competition with a slimmed-down contingent from the 2015 Team, coming first overall despite a greater deductions for marks for fielding only a team in the English-language division. The Team also benefited for the first time from DFAT travel funding.

See further: http://sydney.edu.au/news/law/436.html?newsstoryid=16270

 

2015 Team Australia

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).

 

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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2014 Team Australia 

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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2012 Team Australia 


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.

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.


 

2011 Team Australia

ANJeL gratefully acknowledges financial support for the 2011 team from: Allens Arthur Robinson, Baker & McKenzie, the Australian National University, Blake Dawson, the INC, Mitsui Matsushima, Nagshima Ohno & Tsunematsu, Sofico Australia and the University of Sydney. 

 

Japanese Language Team:

 

Jenny Ji Hee Han (USYD Co-Captain) is in her penultimate year of Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws at University of Sydney. Jenny is actively involved in extracurricular activities and has taken up the role of student co-ordinator in Community Legal Service Programme which operates in collaboration with the Consulate-General of the Republic of Korea and Korean-Australian Law Association. Jenny served as the Vice President of Korean Law Students' Society at University of Sydney in 2009, and sat on the Committee of Australasian Law Students in 2011. Having competing in the Intercollegiate Arbitrations and Negotiations Competition for the past two years, Jenny has realised that her passion lies in dispute resolution and mediation within the Asia-Pacific region. She expects that the competition will further broaden her perspective and is eager to put in her best effort one more time.

Dia Jalil spent three years studying Japanese and Business Management in Japan and is now completing her third year of Bachelor of Asia Pacific Studies at the Australian National University. Dia is heavily involved in university societies where she is President and Producer of the ANU Za Kabuki Club, and also an active member of the ANU Japan Club. Dia is currently interning at the Indonesian Embassy, and is very excited to take part of this competition.


James Kwan is in his final year of a Bachelors of Laws/Asia-Pacific Studies at the Australian National University. Throughout his time at university, he has had the privilege of developing his interest in Japan by studying at Kanazawa University in 2010. He enjoys spending the copious amounts of free time a student lifestyle affords on the various clubs the ANU has to offer, and making it home in time for dinner with the family. James intends to complement his understanding on the realities faced by the Japanese legal profession with the opportunity to hone practical legal skills during the competition in preparation for a legal career.

Eriko Kadota is in her final year of a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of Sydney. As a Classical Studies major, she is passionate about Classical Literature and Ancient History and Society. Eriko has worked as a paralegal in several Sydney law firms, and in 2011 interned at the Centre for Asia-Pacific Law at the University of Sydney. Being a native Japanese speaker, Eriko is excited about combining her language ability and legal skills in this competition.

 

 

English Language Team:

 

Mamoru Abe (ANU Co-Captain) is in his third year of a Juris Doctor at the Australian National University and is passionately involved in extracurricular activities. Mamoru plays Soccer for ANU Varsity Team, and is the ANU Japan Club Sport Representative. Mamoru was awarded the 2009 Dean's Certificate for International Arbitration and Negotiation Moot Competition. Mamoru is keen to further develop international arbitration and negotiation skills that will assist him in achieving his goal of becoming a practicing lawyer in Japan and Australia.

Sasha Vukoja is in his fifth year of a Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Studies/Bachelor of Laws degree at the Australian National University. His interests include foreign languages, law, politics and current affairs. Sasha went on exchange to Waseda University in 2010, and competed in the Tokyo Intercollegiate Arbitration and Negotiation Competition on the Waseda team. Next year Sasha will undertake a placement with the United Nations in Geneva, and will write a Master’s thesis on the impact of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster on Australian uranium exports to Japan. In the future, Sasha would like to work for a Japanese law firm or trading company.

Ganesh Vaheisvaran is a third year Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws student at the University of Sydney. Ganesh is President of the Japanese Society and has worked as a paralegal for an Australian law firm. 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. 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..

Jared Webster is in his second last year of a Bachelor of Economics/Bachelor of Laws at The University of Sydney. Jared has been actively involved in extracurricular activities such as community leadership programs, pro bono consultancy, debating and mooting, and has a particular interest in ADR and advocacy. Jared enjoys the challenges presented by commercial legal problems and would like to continue developing his commercial dispute resolution skills at the international level.

 

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.

 

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Last updated: 06 April 2017