The Intervarsity opportunities offered to students by ‘Competitions’ consist of “Head-to-Head” moots, between SULS and one other University, and National Tournaments.
Some of these run during Semester 1 or 2, while others run in the Winter Break or Mid-Semester Breaks.
The Sir John Peden Contracts Moot (Semester 1)
In this annual moot, Sydney University Law School takes on Macquarie University on a question of Contract Law. The moot has attracted a number of eminent judges in the past, including The Honourable Chief Justice French of the High Court of Australia and The Honourable JD Heydon AC QC.
The 2010 Sydney University team – Domenico Cucinotta and David Robertson (Counsel), Daniel Ward (Solicitor) – WINNERS
The 2011 Sydney University team – Christine Ernst and Daniel Ward (Counsel), Robert Pietriche (Solicitor) – WINNERS
The 2012 Sydney University team – Louise Coleman and Robert Pietriche (Counsel), Sarah Bradbury (Solicitor) – WINNERS
The 2013 Sydney University team – Angus Nicholas and Miles Lee (Counsel), Millie Dale (Solicitor) – JOINT WINNERS
The 2014 Sydney University Team – Sarah Bradbury and Millie Dale (Counsel), India O’Neill (Solicitor) – WINNERS
The 2015 Sydney University Team – Elizabeth Pearson and Christopher Walsh (Counsel), Eric Shi (Solicitor) – RUNNERS UP
The 2016 Sydney University Team – Jeremy Chan and Patrick Hall (Counsel), Tiffany Wu (Solicitor) – RUNNERS UP
Intervarsity Skills Competition (SULS v MULS) (Semester 1)
Each year, SULS hosts an inaugural Witness Examination competition against Macquarie University, providing skills competitors with intervarsity opportunities. This competition was continued in the format of a rotating skills competition.
2016 (Witness Examination)
Winner: Sundar Odgers
2015 (Witness Examination)
Winner: Sam Murray
Runners Up: Kate and Sam Farrell
2013 (Witness Examination)
Winner: Peter Fu
Allen & overy Private Law Moot (Semester 1)
First organised in 2014, the Ashurst Private Law Moot is a national intervarsity mooting competition hosted by UNSW Law Society. The problem question is aimed at students in the later stages of their degree and focusses on issues such as equity and trusts, particularly those looking to eventually apply for the Philip C. Jessup and Vis Commercial Arbitration Moots. SULS first competed in this moot in 2015.
Semi-finalists and Winners of Best Appellant and Respondent Memoranda: David Blight, Elizabeth Pearson and Eric Shi
Australian Law Student’s Association (ALSA) Conference (July Holidays)
ALSA hosts an annual conference which features some of the largest national mooting and skills competitions, attracting universities from across Australia. Previously, SULS fielded teams in all of the competitions which include the ALSA National Championship Moot, the Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Moot, Witness Examination, Client Interviewing, and Negotiations. As of 2014, SULS disaffiliated from ALSA and as a result will no longer be attending the ALSA Conference.
2014 Delegation: Millie Dale, Alice Zhou, Jeffrey Chan, Angus Nicholas, India O’Neill, Simon Hill, Hayley Gordon, Sam Farrell and Kate Farrell.
2013 Delegation: Hannah Ryan, Jackson Wherrett, Louise Coleman, Robert Pietriche, Lan Wei, Diana Liu, Connie Ye, Hannah Bruce, Peter Fu.
2012 Delegation: Nathan Li, Sam Murray, Kirstie Underwood, Rob Pietriche, Jacob Offen, Domenico Cuccinota, Lan Wei, Peter Fu, Rachel Williams.
2011 Delegation: Roisin McCarthy, Robert Pietriche, Daniel Fletcher, Domenico Cucinotta, Reuben Ray, Samit Kalra, Alex Marachel-Ross, Kevin Ngo, Diana Liu, Chris Beshara.
Administrative Appeals Tribunal National Mooting Competition (Semester 2)
This competition is held in Sydney and runs from August through October
The AAT National Mooting Competition, conducted over five rounds at both state and national level, involve fact scenarios drawn from a variety of administrative law areas including immigration and citizenship, social security, taxation, veterans’ affairs and workers’ compensation.
Each round of the competition concerns a different area of jurisdiction and is adjudicated by Members of the Tribunal.
The objectives of the competition are two-fold:
- to expose law students to the unique merits review jurisdiction of the Tribunal thereby highlighting the differences between Tribunal practice and procedure and that of the courts; and
- to encourage law students to have an interest in pursuing administrative law practice upon completion of their legal studies.
The preliminary rounds draws and documentation is released on 27 July 2012 and the competition itself runs through August and September. The Grand Final of the competition is held in Sydney in early October and adjudicated by the President of the Tribunal, Justice Duncan Kerr, and two other Members of the Tribunal.
The Tribunal provides a travel and accommodation allowance to the two teams competing in the Grand Final. As well, the winning team and runner up team are awarded prizes and the winners are inscribed on the Administrative Appeals Tribunal National Mooting Competition Shield located at the Principal Registry in Sydney.
2014 – Winners: Sam Murray and Rebecca Dang
Castan Centre for Human Rights Moot Competition (Semester 2)
This moot features a question on the Victorian Human Rights Charter and offers students the opportunity to learn about the nature of the rights covered in the Charter, the protection offered by these laws, and the role they can play in litigation. The moot is hosted by the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law in Melbourne during Semester 2.
Applications will be invited at the end of Semester 1.
2015 – Semi-Finalists: Harry Stratton and Michael Peng (Counsel)
Justice William Gummow Cup (Semester 2)
This moot features a question of equity and, in 2013, was held between SULS and the University of Wollongong, inaugurating the Justice William Gummow Cup. The moot is presided over by The Honourable Professor William Gummow AC QC, former Justice of the High Court.
2015 – Winners: Andrew Bell and Fabian Di Lizia (Counsel), Eric Shi (Solicitor)
2013 – Winners: Hannah Ryan and Jackson Wherrett (Counsel), Josh Santilli (Solicitor)
Baker & McKenzie National Intervarsity Women’s Mooting Tournament (Semester 2)
The Baker & McKenzie National Intervarsity Women’s Mooting Tournament is an exciting initiative that was introduced in 2011 by the SULS Competitions Directors in conjunction with the NSW Young Lawyers Special Committee of Law Students’ Societies. It is aimed at addressing the equity issues facing women at the bar and is the only national moot in which all competitors must be female. Although the traditional barriers facing women at law school and within the legal profession have generally improved such that our generation may benefit from a more equitable professional environment, the same developments are arguably yet to characterise the bar. The status of mooting at Law School as a formative experience for budding barristers may therefore be an incredibly positive mechanism to encourage greater skills development and accessibility for women to a career at the bar, and can thus be utilised to address this inequity at a grassroots level.
The Competition attracts universities from around Australia and provides an opportunity for female law students to gain advocacy experience and network with female practitioners. The moot is hosted by SULS during the Semester 2 mid-semester break. Applications will be invited at the beginning of Semester 2.
2016 – Runners Up: Michelle Blore and Amanda Peng
2015 – Winnie Liu, Maria Mellos and Maxine Malaney
2014 – Winners: Sarah Ienna, India O’Neill and Alice Zhou
2013 – Winners: Kate Farrell, Aarushi Sahore and Connie Ye
2011 – Winners: Nadia Yetton Lim, Rachel Cao and Diana Liu
The Nicholas Cowdery Criminal Law Moot (Semester 2)
This moot between SULS and UTS features a question of criminal law. A number of eminent judges have featured on the bench in the past, including The Honourable Justice Bell of the High Court of Australia, The Honourable Justice Fullerton of the NSW Supreme Court, and Nicholas Cowdery AM QC, former NSW Director of Public Prosecutions.
2016 – Winners: Nick Yuen and Curtis Penning (Counsel) Ruben Robertson (Solicitor)
2014 – Winners: Maria Voleynik and William Hanna (Counsel), Elizabeth Pearson (Solicitor)
2013 – Winners: Thomas Farmakis and Eric Shi (Counsel), India O’Neill (Solicitor)
2012 – Winners: Louise Coleman and Jackson Wherrett (Counsel), Sarah Bradbury (Solicitor)
2011 – Runners Up: Domenico Cucinotta and Daniel Ward (Counsel), Louise Coleman (Solicitor)
QUT TORTS MOOT (Formerly Shine Lawyers National Torts Moot)(Semester 2)
This moot features a question of tort law and attracts teams from over 15 Australian universities. The moot is treated as a novice intervarsity moot to which SULS sends it newest, up-and-coming mooters. The moot is hosted by the Queensland University of Technology during Semester 2. Applications will be invited at the end of Semester 1.
2014 – Winners: Henry Cooper, Elizabeth Pearson, Timothy Smartt and Bradley Smith
2013 – Winners: Proteek (Roy) Chowdhury, Thomas Farmakis, William Hanna and Alice Zhou
2012 – Semi-finalists: Nathan Hauser, Angus Nicholas, Jackson Wherrett and Isabelle Youssef
2011 – Winners: Louise Coleman, Sarah Bradbury, Mark Khunnithi and Ramya Krishnan
2010 – Runners Up: Daniel Fletcher, Glenn Kembrey, Robert Pietriche and Roisin McCarthy
The Sir Harry Gibbs Constitutional Law Moot (Semester 2)
After a hiatus for a couple of years, this moot is back! This moot will be held in Melbourne this year and will be judged by the two newest judges of the High Court, Justice Nettle and Justice Gordon. The question is one of constitutional law. The moot is held during the Semester 2 mid-semester break. Applications will be invited at the beginning of Semester 2.
2013 – Semi-finalists: Kevin Ngo, Lan Wei and Dominique Yong
2012 – Winner: Angus Abadee
The Hon Michael Kirby Contract Law Moot Competition
This competition features a question of contract law and offers students a chance to compete in a commercial arbitration. The moot is hosted by Victoria University during Semester 2.
Applications will be invited at the end of Semester 1.