Monash Law School team finishes in top 5% at Vis Moot Vienna finals

The Monash Law School mooting team has finished in the top 5% at the 23rd annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna, Austria.

Three hundred eleven university teams from 67 countries took part in the competition, including teams from Harvard, Standford, King’s College London and National University Singapore.

Monash Law School mooting team
The 2016 Monash mooting team (L to R): Ayesha Singh, Lucy Hodgkinson, Marco Paoletti, Madeleine Salinger, Jarred Gerson, Thomas Egan, Thomas Smalley, Olivia Wan (Photo credit: Monash University)

Monash made it through to the third round of finals, comprising the top 16 teams.

The Monash mooting team comprised Maddy Salinger, Lucy Hodgkinson, Jarred Gerson, Thomas Egan, Thomas Smalley, Olivia Wan, Ayesha Singh and Marco Paoletti. The team was assisted by Dr Lisa Spagnolo.

Individual Speaker prizes were awarded to Ayesha Singh, Marco Paoletti and Maddy Salinger.
“The moot is an event which truly highlights Monash’s high standing amongst the best internationally,” says Dr Spagnolo. “It is no exaggeration to say that we have one of the best reputations for intelligent, creative, prepared and unassailable arguments in the competition.”

The result caps off a successful world tour for the Monash University mooting team, having made the finals of the Vis (East) Moot in Hong Kong in March, where they picked up individual speaker prizes and placed 3rd for the Claimant Memorandum Prize.

The team worked hard over the 2015–16 summer, including taking part in a preparatory pre-moot in Budapest, Hungary, and all members of the team battled illness throughout the trip to achieve the impressive result in Vienna.

Dr Spagnolo says the work ethic of the 2016 team is consistent with the high standards Monash mooting teams continue to expect of themselves.

“Living up to this internal standard each year is tough on the students involved,” says Dr Spagnolo. “But it is also a great source of personal and professional growth and I am honoured and proud to have been part of that process.”

More than 3,000 people participated in the Vienna moot, including 1,993 students from 96 countries and over 1,000 arbitrators and coaches.

The team would like to thank the Monash Law School alumni and staff members who gave much of their time to assist in the team’s preparation, including Jeff Waincymer, Lauren Peacock, Calum Seargeant, Martin John, Ian Liu, Andrew Barraclough and Justin Malbon.

The team is grateful for the ongoing financial support it receives from the Law Faculty, the Law Foundation, CIArb (Australia) and Monash Abroad.

About Monash Law School Juris Doctor

The Faculty of Law at Monash University has one of the largest law libraries in Australia. It also has a moot court designed as a real courtroom for practicing trial work.

Monash Law School offers high-quality teaching by leading academics and practitioners who are experts in the teaching of law and legal practice. Additionally, the JD program offers an interactive learning environment, small class sizes and innovative teaching.

The Monash JD program is unique as it allows students to undertake up to six elective units from the extensive Monash Law master’s program once the compulsory units have been completed. This allows students to tailor their degree and choose units that complement their interests and professional aspirations while ensuring graduates are well-rounded professionals with the core skills required to follow a wide range of legal and professional career paths.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intakes: January, May, September
Duration: 3 years (accelerated option: a minimum of 2.5 years)
Application deadline: Applications are generally assessed on a rolling admissions basis. The sooner you apply the better.

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