Saturday, 3 July 2010

Maritime Moots 2010, Sydney, Australia - Day 1

UiTM's Maritime Moot Team got off to a flying start when they defeated a team from the University of Melbourne (which are ranked in the top 100 universities in the world according to the THES university rankings. UiTM currently does not have a THES ranking yet due to a technicality ... but that's another story for another day). UiTM mooted as the respondents and were represented by lead counsel Shairil Farhana (team captain and also known to her team-mates as 'Mama Shai', no prizes for guessing why!) and co-counsel Khairil Khalid (a tiger masquerading as a chipmunk).

This very same team then met the University of Southampton's claimants and also emerged victorious in a second match later in the afternoon. Southampton is home to such famous Maritime Law academics as Prof John F Wilson (author of the favourite student text 'Carriage of Goods by Sea), Prof Emeritus Robert Grimes (who was the external examiner for my Ph.D viva), Prof Charles Debattista (author of Bills of Lading in Export Trade) and Prof Nick Gaskell (renowned expert on salvage law). This is a huge scalp for the UiTM team as Southampton's team are comprised of postgraduates, i.e. LL.M candidates whilst UiTM's team are made up of second year degree students from the Bachelor of Legal Studies (Honours) programme.

Congratulations to the team. Hope you do even better tomorrow, and do not forget to make lots of new friends and come back to Malaysia with loads of happy memories. I shall be looking forward to keeping in touch with you via 'Skype'. Thank God for the wonders of modern technology.

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