Our students have the opportunity to participate in a range of law mooting competitions as part of their study.
Mooting involves students working as a team to prepare documents and oral argument on a set legal problem against opposing counsel and before a judge. This extracurricular activity provides our students with a taste of what it is like to engage in court proceedings.
There are a range of law moots that students can get involved in as part of their study at the Sydney Law School. Participation in these moots contribute towards units of study and the standard credit points will apply.
Sydney Law School students compete annually in the world's most prestigious international law mooting competition, the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition, and have done so with great success. Sydney Law School holds the world record for Jessup Cup victories, being named world champions in Washington DC in 1996, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2017 and 2021. The Jessup Moot provides competitors with an unparalleled opportunity to work closely in a team to represent fictional States in a hypothetical case before the International Court of Justice on cutting-edge areas of international law.
The Willem C. Vis Moot and the related Vis Moot (East) seek to foster the study of international commercial law and arbitration for resolution of international business disputes through its application to a concrete problem of a client. The moot involves questions of contract – flowing from a transaction relating to the sale or purchase of goods under the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) and other uniform international commercial law – in the context of an arbitration pursuant to specified Arbitration Rules.
The Tokyo Negotiation and Arbitration Moot enables students to compete internationally in simulated bilateral negotiation and arbitration of a hypothetical scenario. Students may register in either the English-language or Japanese-language section of this moot. Visit the Australian Network for Japanese Law website for more information.
Students also have the opportunity to participant in other moots through the Sydney University Law Society as extracurricular activity.