International Competitions

Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

The Jessup Moot is widely recognised as the most prestigious international mooting competition. The Jessup Moot provides competitors with an unparalleled opportunity to work closely in a team to represent fictional States in a hypothetical (but always topical) case before the International Court of Justice on cutting-edge areas of international law.

Teams must prepare detailed and lengthy written submissions (9,000 word Memorials) and then moot against other teams, from around Australia, at the National Rounds held in Canberra. The two finalist teams will then travel to Washington to compete in the International Rounds against teams from around the world.

Applicants will be invited by the Faculty during Semester 2.



  • Australian National Rounds Semi-Finalists: Tim Smartt, Winnie Liu, Henry Cooper, Rachael Krust, Bradley Smith
  • inner, best speaker: Bradley Smith
  • Top ten oralist (fifth): Winnie Liu


  • World Champions and Australian National Rounds Winners: Sarah Bradbury, Nathan Hauser, Sam Murray, Angus Nicholas and Alice Zhou
  • Best Oralist (Preliminary Rounds): Sarah Bradbury
  • Stephen M Schwebel Best Oralist Award (Championship Round): Alice Zhou


  • Australian National Rounds Quarter-Finalists: Nicholas Condylis, Lovelle D’Souza, Thomas Farmakis, Nina Ubaldi and Connie Ye


  • International Run-Off Rounds and Australian National Rounds Winners: Harrison Grace, Kathleen Heath, Rob Pietriche, Hannah Ryan and Jackson Wherrett


  • Australian National Rounds Semi-Finalists: Katherine Connolly, Louise Coleman, Giselle Kenny, Alistair Oakes and Daniel Ward
  • Best Speaker (Preliminary Rounds): Louise Coleman


  • World Champions: Patrick Bateman, Chris Beshara, Glenn Kembrey, Chelsea Tabart and Patrick Wall

Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot

The Vis Moot was first held in 1994, and it has quickly become one of the most prestigious international mooting competitions in the world. Around 300 universities compete in the finals in Vienna.

Team members undergo extensive advocacy training, have an opportunity to learn in greater detail about international commercial arbitration and international contract law, and learn great teamwork skills. The work is intense and involves the preparation of two 35-page written submissions over the summer holidays. The entire trip usually includes additional “pre-moot” competitions held in a range of other European countries.

Applicants for the 2015–16 team will be invited by the Faculty during Semester 2.



  • Finished top 8 out of 311 teams - Penina Su, John Tsaousidis, Andrew Bell, Brendan Hord
  • 3rd Prize for Claimant Memorandum
  • Honourable Mention for Respondent Memorandum
  • Andrew Bell and John Tsaousidis were awarded Honourable Mentions in the best oralist prize


  • Brussels Pre-Moot Winners: Nicola Bevitt, William Hanna, Sarah Ienna and Phoebe Winch
  • Second Place: Claimant Memorandum
  • Honourable Mention: Respondent Memorandum


  • Vienna Quarter-Finalists: James Argent, Matthew Barry, Heydon Wardell-Burrus and Dominique Yong
  • Honourable Mention: Respondent Memorandum
  • Honourable Mention – Individual Oralist: Dominique Yong


  • Nicholas Boyce, Katia Contos, Sophie Maltabarow and Roisin McCarthy
  • Third Place: Claimant Memorandum
  • Honourable Mention – Individual Oralist: Roisin McCarthy


  • Daniel Fletcher, Ramya Krishnan, Sriram Srikumar
  • Honourable Mention: Respondent Memorandum
  • Honourable Mention – Individual Oralist: Daniel Fletcher, Ramya Krishnan and Sriram Srikumar


  • Vienna Quarter-Finalists: Patrick Caldwell, Domenico Cucinotta, Reuben Ray and Nadia Yetton-Lim
  • Honourable Mention – Individual Oralist: Nadia Yetton-Lim

Herbert Smith Freehills NUL Delhi International Negotiation Competition

In 2015, for the first time, SULS sent a team to the Herbert Smith Freehills National University of Law Delhi International Negotiations Competition, held annually in India. Much like the internal Clayton Utz Negotiations Competition, the HSF NUL Delhi competition involves teams of two students representing different parties that are involved in a legal dispute with the aim of reaching an agreement and avoiding litigation. The two teams receive a common set of facts and an exclusive set for each side, and prepare their stance and willingness to compromise on various points before the negotiation session. It requires good communication between team members and fosters the use of different styles of bargaining.

The 2015 team consisted of Samuel Hoare and Maxine Malaney.

International Maritime Law Arbitration Moot

In 2015, for the first time in many years, SULS sent a team to the International Maritime Law Arbitration Moot (IMLAM). The Competition features a question on maritime law, and students compete in a commercial arbitration format. It is hosted by a different university every year, and in 2015, was hosted by RMIT University in Semester 2.

The 2015 SULS team consisted of Henry Cooper, Winnie Liu, Timothy Smartt and Bradley Smith.