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Vis Moot Team does us proud

3 March 2017
Sydney Law School students win commercial arbitration competition

Congratulations to our Vis Moot Team, victors in the Australian Chartered Institute of Arbitrators National Vis “Pre-Moot” in Melbourne.

The Sydney Law School Vis Moot Team do not have long before they trade interstate travel for an overseas expedition, where they will make the journey to Vienna to compete in the Vis Moot

Their success comes off the back of a triumph in the New South Wales round of the Australian “Pre-Moot” Competition.

Comprising Michelle Blore (JD), Ryan Hunter (JD), Maria Mellos (LLB) and Alexi Polden (LLB), the team defeated Victoria University in a semi-final before prevailing in a closely contested final against Monash University before an eminent tribunal consisting of the Hon Susan Crennan AC QC, Neil Kaplan CBE QC SBS, and Dr Michael Pryles AO PBM. 

The team do not have long before they trade interstate travel for an overseas expedition, where they will make the journey to Vienna to compete in the Vis Moot, an international commercial arbitration competition involving more than 350 teams from 67 countries.

“This is great news,” said Professor Chester Brown, “and the culmination of more than six months' work developing written memoranda and oral submissions on procedural and substantive issues in a hypothetical international commercial arbitration.

“We wish them the very best for the exciting opportunity that lies ahead.”

Sydney Law School has strong form in Vis Moot competitions, having reached the quarter final and being the highest ranked Australian team, as well as receiving awards for their written memoranda and oral advocacy, in last year’s competition.

The team is being coached this year by Sophie Maltabarow and Heydon Wardell-Burrus, both of whom are former members of Sydney University’s Vis Moot team.

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