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Mooters are winners for Sydney Law School


9 February 2011

(L-R) Dr Tim Stephens, Patrick Bateman, Chris Beshara, Natalie Zerial, Chelsea Tabart, Chief Justice Robert French, Patrick Wall and Glenn Kembrey.
(L-R) Dr Tim Stephens, Patrick Bateman, Chris Beshara, Natalie Zerial, Chelsea Tabart, Chief Justice Robert French, Patrick Wall and Glenn Kembrey.

A team from the University of Sydney has won the national round of the 2011 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Competition.

The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the world's largest moot court competition, with participants from more than 500 law schools in more than 80 countries.

The competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations.

Teams prepare oral and written pleadings arguing both the applicant and respondent positions of the case.

The teams debated the legality of using uncrewed predator drones, the banning of traditional religious clothing worn by women and girls, and a government response to an alleged breach of an anti-bribery treaty.

The Sydney Law School team defeated the University of Western Australia team in the grand final held in the High Court, with Chief Justice Robert French presiding on the bench.

"This is an outstanding achievement and the team and its coaches are to be congratulated for their hard work and dedication," said the Dean of the Law School, Professor Gillian Triggs.

"The result highlights our commitment to excellence in teaching and research in the field of international law and reflects the globalisation of our curriculum.

"Our aim is to make Sydney Law School a truly global law school and to equip our students for the competitive legal environment of the 21st century so that they can move with confidence across national and international boundaries."

The Team comprised Patrick Bateman (final year Economic and Social Sciences/Law), Chris Beshara (final year Arts/Law), Glenn Kembrey (final year Arts/Law), Chelsea Tabart (final year Graduate Law) and Patrick Wall (final year Arts/Law) and their coach Natalie Zerial (BA '05, LLB '07).

Patrick Bateman received an award for being the best oralist in the preliminary rounds of the competition, and Chris Beshara won best oralist for the grand final.

The team will soon prepare for the International Rounds, to be held in Washington D.C. in late March.

Sydney Law School has been named World Champion of the Philip C. Jessup
International Law Moot Court Competition twice, in 1996 and 2007.


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