About Moot Club
A moot is an event that simulates the conditions of a courtroom or arbitration proceedings, and is designed to provide law students with practice in drafting submissions and developing their oral advocacy skills. Mooting is an excellent opportunity for students to build upon a wide variety of skills essential to practice; teamwork, legal writing, research skills and advocacy. Moot Club provides QUT law students a regular opportunity to moot sans the stress of mooting in Society-wide competitions.
Moot Club Activities
QUT Faculty of law High School Moot
Held from June to August annually, the QUT High School Moot attracts aspiring advocates from schools across South-East Queensland. Students spend a few months researching and preparing written submissions assisted by a QUT law student before presenting them in front of lawyers, barristers and academics. The finale of the competition is traditionally held in the Banco Court, the ceremonial court at the QEII Courts of Law Complex on George Street.
Registrations are now closed.
The draw for the competition is as follows:
Moot Club Workshops
QUTLS Moot Club holds around 6 workshops every year for students of all levels of experience to help them improve their mooting skills.
External Moots (national and international)
Students who are involved with internal mooting competitions at QUT are invited to try out for external competitions. These competitions traditionally involve a longer commitment of student time. Students are normally able to claim academic credit for participation in these competitions.
QUT has entered into the following moots in the last few years:
QUT Torts Moot competition
QUT hosts an annual moot based around a torts problem. The competition attracts around 15 teams from across Australasia. Students prepare for this moot over June/July holidays.
The Hon. Michael Kirby Contract Law Arbitration Moot Competition
The Kirby moot is Australia’s largest moot competition, and is held annually at Victoria University. The problem concerns a contract dispute. The finale of the competition is traditionally arbitrated by the Honourable Michael Kirby. QUT has historically performed very strongly in this competition.
The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
The Jessup Moot is one of the oldest, largest and most prestigious mooting competitions in the world. The competition is centred on a fictional dispute concerning public international law before the International Court of Justice. Last year, over 700 teams from 100 countries participated in the competition. Teams firstly prepare for and participate in the Australian qualifying rounds of the competition, which are held in Canberra. The two finalist teams then compete in Washington D.C. Australian teams traditionally perform very strongly in this competition. Students prepare for this moot over summer.
Willem C. Vis International Arbitration Moot
The Vis Moot is made up of two sister competitions, which are held in Vienna and Hong Kong annually. The moot involves a fictional dispute between two commercial parties who have consented to having their dispute arbitrated. The moot covers issues of international arbitration procedure, the rules for which are different each year, and the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG). The competition is well-known for its community of past participants, many of whom return over the years to arbitrate the preliminary rounds of the competition. Students prepare for this moot over summer.
Ian Fletcher International Insolvency Moot
The Inaugural Ian Fletcher International Insolvency Moot was held in Sydney this year and involves the application of international insolvency principles. In 2017, QUT was invited to compete in the oral submissions part of the competition, which is impressive as only 8 teams who had written the best written memoranda were invited to make oral submissions. Students prepare for this moot over summer.
Oxford Intellectual Property Law Moot
The Oxford Intellectual Property Law Moot is held at the University of Oxford, and involves a fictional intellectual property dispute written by experts in the field. The 2019 QUT team have recently been invited to participate in the oral rounds of the competition. Students prepare for this moot over summer.