The University of Auckland Law School has placed in the top eight in one of the world’s largest and most prestigious mooting competitions.
The team travelled to Vienna in Austria to compete in the Willem C Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in April. They reached the quarterfinals but were knocked by Deakin University in a split-decision. Deakin ultimately went on to win the competition.
The team, comprised of Philip Arnold, Caitlin Hollings, Thom Clark, Sally Wu, and Luke Sizer faced off against teams from Utrecht University, Dalian Maritime University, MGIMO University, and the University of Osnabrück in the preliminary rounds. In the knockout rounds of the competition, the team went on to beat teams from the University of New South Wales, the University of Ottawa, and the Catholic University of America.
Caitlin and Sally both received Honourable Mention for their oral performance, placing them in the top fifty speakers at the competition. The team as a whole also received Honourable Mention for its overall performance.
Now in its 21st year, the Vis moot draws more than 2000 students from 300 universities and 900 arbitrators to Vienna each Easter. It is the largest single mooting competition globally.
The 2014 competition marks the first year in more than a decade that the Auckland has participated in the Vis moot. Coaches Cheyne Cudby and Campbell Herbert travelled with the team to Vienna.
“The team’s success is a testament to the incredible amount of work they have put in over the last 6 months. Auckland’s success at the competition, and the impressive showing from their colleagues from Victoria, firmly cements both Auckland and New Zealand’s already strong reputation on the world stage.” said Cheyne.
“The team very quickly developed a reputation as a formidable opponent,” said Campbell, “an incredible achievement considering this was Auckland’s first foray into the Vis Moot in recent memory.”