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Bond Law's Fantastic Four

Continuing a remarkable winning streak, Bond Law students have again triumphed in the international mooting arena, this time in India.

Students Sara Trainor and Indhia Duncan were victorious in the country’s largest and most prestigious mooting competition – the D.M. Harish Memorial Government Law College International Moot Court Competition – held in Bombay last weekend.

Ms Trainor was also awarded Best Advocate of the competition.

The team was supported by fellow student Chantal McNaught who participated in the “researcher’s test” – an element unique to the competition. She placed a credible third amongst a high calibre of competitors. 

This victory marks the fourth win in the past year for Bond University’s Faculty of Law, which is also the reigning champion of The Hague’s International Criminal Court Trial Competition, the Willem C. Vis (East) International Commercial Arbitration Moot (Hong Kong), and the Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) Wanhuida Cup Moot Court Competition.

Ms Trainor and Ms Duncan were coached by fellow student Tsjatsja Westerveld, who missed her own graduation ceremony at Bond University on Saturday to accompany the pair to India and was also part of Bond Law’s winning team at the BFSU Cup.

Faculty of Law Dean Professor Geraldine Mackenzie commended the students on their exceptional performance.

“To win four international legal competitions of such high standing within twelve months is an incredible feat that cements our place as one of the world’s top mooting Law Schools,” said Professor Mackenzie.

“Mooting essentially gives students the opportunity to argue a specific fictitious case in front of a judge or judges against opposing counsel and is really the best practical test of students’ learning available.

“As well as giving them valuable hands-on experience in various specialised areas of law, mooting nurtures their research and oral presentation skills and helps to build confidence.

“Competing globally also gives our students the chance to develop a network of global contacts in the industry and can open doors to some remarkable careers.

“To have achieved such great success worldwide is a strong indication that we are doing a wonderful job of preparing our graduates for employment in legal practice and business. And can be confident that they will be equipped with the skills to excel in any area of the law,” said Professor Mackenzie.

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