Monday, 17 August 2009

LAWASIA Moot Competition 2009

The competition was held on 8 and 9 August 2009 at the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA). UiTM registered a record number of teams, i.e. 4 teams with 3 mooters each (12 mooters in total). The moot question concerned a dispute that involved a sunken wreck and a salvage agreement between the salvors and the government of Rolga.

At the first stage of the competition, there were 5 groups. Unfortunately, due to the luck of the draw, two of our junior moot squads were drawn to meet one another during this group stage. Anyway, by the end of day one, UiTM had three teams (plus one from ATC and another from UKM) that made it through to the final.

The next day, sadly, after all the final group stage matches had taken place, teams from UiTM finished third, fourth and fifth. Victory would have been sweeter but what the teams had achieved is remarkable considering that the anchor mooters (those who mooted the most) were first time mooters. I cannot help but to imagine what if I had planned our strategy differently and let the seniors anchor from the start. Anyway, the main purpose of entering the competition was for the junior mooters to gain experience. Thanks to the Bar Council and organisers (Mr. Raphael Tay) for accommodating so many teams from one university.

Congratulations to all the teams from UiTM. Also, congratulations to ATC (Champions) and UKM (Runner-up). Good luck in Vietnam for the international rounds.

Mr Raphael Tay, if you are reading this, any news on whether the third place team be going to Vietnam as well?

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