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International mooting

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International mooting

UNSW was the first university to offer an elective in international competitive mooting to our highest achieving law students. This proud history continues, as each year our best and brightest travel around Australia and the world to match wits with their international peers.

Our students compete in five international mooting competitions:

Jessup International Law Moot Competition

  • The largest and most prestigious international law moot competition in the world.
  • Approximately 2,500 students from more than 500 law schools in over 80 countries participate.
  • International rounds are held in Washington DC in late March / early April.

Vis International Commercial Arbitration Competition

  • An international commercial arbitration based on a dispute over a contract for the international sale of goods. This moot is excellent experience for anyone contemplating a career in international commercial law.
  • This competition is held in Vienna, and involves teams from all over the world.

Pictet International Humanitarian Law Competition

  • This competition involves students from faculties of law, political science and military schools from around the world. It aims to enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of international humanitarian law (the laws of war).
  • In a series of simulations, students take on the identities of government representatives, military officers, legal advisers, delegates of the Red Cross or NGOs and negotiate solutions to issues arising in situations of armed conflict.
  • Held in Europe.
  • UNSW won this competition in 2007 and 2013.

International Criminal Court Trial Competition

  • This competition gives a wide scope of advocacy in allowing students not only to take on the role of prosecutor or defence counsel, but also victim’s counsel. It is unique in its direct focus on ICC proceedings and international criminal law.
  • The competition is held in the Hague in April.

International Commercial Mediation Competition

  • Involves teams from over 60 universities and 200+ mediation experts from around the world.
  • Competitors apply the ICC’s Amicable Dispute Resolution Rules and the tools of Principled Negotiation to solve problems devised by a special Drafting Working Group of international mediation experts. Student teams are divided into requesting party and responding party in mock mediation sessions, where individual team members act out the role of counsel and client before a mediator.
  • This is an invitation only competition and to date UNSW is the only Australian university to have secured an invitation.
  • The competition last took place in February at the ICC in Paris.

Boost your profile immediately

Sponsoring a mooting competition is an excellent opportunity to raise your profile among our highest achieving students. Mooting is extremely popular among students: team selection is highly competitive, and the competitions are closely followed by a large student audience. Sponsorship funds are used to cover coaching costs, and students’ travel and accommodation expenses when attending competitions.

International mooting


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To discuss sponsoring a mooting competition, contact Jordana Wong, Development Manager, UNSW Law.