For the third year in a row, UWA's Law School student team will compete in the international rounds of the Jessup International Moot Competition after successfully competing in the national finals held yesterday at the High Court of Australia in Canberra.
The 2011 team includes Clare McKay, Chloe Gall, Indiana Watkins, Rachel Paljetak and Samuel Mengler, who are coached by Amy Preston-Samson, Jackie McArthur, Joshua Berson and Aaron McDonald.
UWA defeated the Australian National University team in the semi-finals but lost a close-fought contest to the University of Sydney in the Grand Final moot in the High Court, with Chief Justice Robert French presiding.
But their efforts still earned the team a place representing Australia in Washington, DC in the international rounds in April. The UWA team was also awarded the prize for best overall memorials in the Australian rounds and all three speakers received prizes for being ranked in the top ten oralists of the preliminary rounds.
The Jessup International Moot is organised by the International Law Students Association based in Chicago and is the most prestigious international law moot competition. It takes the form of a mock case before the International Court of Justice.
The UWA Law School has an outstanding record in the Jessup Moot competition. UWA has competed in Jessup since the early 1980s, winning the international Jessup Cup in 2003 and named international runner-up in 1995 and 2002.
In 2009, UWA was the Australian runner-up and ranked second in the world in the individual category; and in 2010 the UWA team was Australian champion and international quarterfinalist.