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Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

Established in 1959, the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the world's largest and most prestigious moot court competition, attracting teams from over 500 law schools in more than 80 countries. The competition involves the simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations. The Australian National Rounds are held in January/February each year with the winner and runner-up travelling to Washington DC for the week-long international rounds in March/April. This is Australia’s most prestigious moot, attracting the best and brightest of Bond’s law students. Having participated now for just over a decade, Bond teams have won the national round three times, making it to the international championship semi-finals twice and the octo-finals once. Whilst it involves a huge amount of work, Jessup alumni will tell you it is definitely worth the effort!

International Criminal Court Trial Competition

The ICC Moot was instituted in 2005 by Pace University School of Law in New York City. In this moot, teams prepare and argue a case based on international criminal law before a (simulated) ICC panel of judges. Each team is required to argue from three perspectives – as the prosecution, defense and victim’s advocate. Teams travel to The Hague for the semi-finals and finals competition which brings together the top law students from 20 universities worldwide. 

Willem C. Vis East International Commercial Arbitration Moot

Billed as ‘the Olympics of International Trade Law’, the Vis Arbitral Moot is based on cases related to international sales transactions subject to the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods. Judges are practicing arbitrators and academics from different jurisdictions. There are two different moots in the Vis competition: one held in Vienna and another (the Vis East) held in Hong Kong which attracts up to 80 teams from all over the world. This is Bond’s third year competing in the Hong Kong moot, having competed once prior to that in the Vienna competition.

Beijing Foreign Studies University Intellectual Property Law Moot

The BFSU Intellectual Property Moot is an English-language moot focussing on real-life intellectual property disputes that have arisen in the Chinese business sector. It is held in Beijing each year with participation from high profile IP judges and internationally renowned IP lawyers. Bond University emerged as the world champions in 2008 and took out third place the second time they competed in 2010.

D.M. Harish Memorial Government Law College International Moot Court Competition

India’s first international moot competition, the D.M. Harish Moot was established in 2000 and is held each year at the Government Law College in Mumbai. In 2007, it was opened up to international entrants and now attracts teams from the UK, USA, Spain, Greece, Ireland and Australia. Cases deal primarily with contemporary issues relating to Public and Private International Law. Bond will compete for the first time in this moot in 2011.

Jean Pictet Competition (Concours Pictet)

The Concours Pictet is a week-long competition focussing on international humanitarian law through simulations and role playing. The competition takes place in a different European location each year. This competition is a little different to most others, requiring participants to engage in a number of different competitive scenarios including giving speeches, press conferences, mooting and presentations.

Shine Lawyers Torts Moot

Leading Brisbane legal firm Shine Lawyers sponsor this annual competition, hosted by QUT each August. The event attracts teams from law schools throughout Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. Bond won this competition in 2010 and has won numerous awards during our four years of competition.

Sir Harry Gibbs National Constitutional Law Moot

The Sir Harry Gibbs National Constitutional Law Moot is one of Australia’s leading moot competitions. Held in October each year, it is organised by the Bond Business School and Law at Melbourne’s Victory University and supported by the Australian Association of Constitutional Law. Bond has competed in this competition for four years, with our best showing in the semi-finals.

Lexis Nexis Constitutional Law Moot

Hosted by the University of Canberra, the LexisNexis Constitutional Law Moot is held in September/October each year. The 2010 grand final was contested in the High Court of Australia and judged by the Hon. Chief Justice Robert French AC. Bond has competed twice in this moot, placing runners-up in 2007 and third in 2010.

Administrative Appeals Tribunal National Moot Competition

This national competition involves scenarios drawn from a variety of administrative law areas including immigration and citizenship, social security, taxation, veterans’ affairs and workers’ competition. Eight teams are selected from a series of state/territory rounds to compete in the national finals in Sydney which are adjudicated by the President and two other members of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. Bond was runner-up in 2007 (our first year of competition) and won in 2009.

International Virtual Moot

The competition problem for this moot is based on an intellectual property issue usually centred on the online ‘Second Life’ world. The other unusual aspect of this moot is that it is actually held via video link – with teams from around Australia and the world mooting against each other from distant countries, with the judges (also via video link) in another place altogether. Bond was runner-up in this moot the first time we competed in 2008.

Law Students’ Association Competitions

Each year the Queensland Law Students’ Association and the Australian Law Students’ Association run a series of competitions in conjunction with their annual conference – among these is a mooting competition. Applications for positions on these moot teams are managed by the Bond Law Students’ Association.