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Bond University achieves third international moot victory

Bond University’s Faculty of Law has won its third mooting competition in less than two months, further cementing its reputation as one of Australia’s leading Law Schools.

Victory number three occurred at the Beijing Foreign Studies University Cup, Moot Court Competition, organised by the university’s School of Law and the Intellectual Property Tribunal of the People’s Republic of China’s Supreme Court.
The BFSU Cup Moot Court Competition is the only competition of its kind with international influence in China and attracts 11 of the top law schools in the country, in addition to a number of universities from around the world.

Bond students Henry Norris and Tsjatsja Westerveld, under the guidance of Assistant Professor, Joel Butler, mastered Chinese intellectual property law to win the moot, which involved a trademark dispute in China; this dispute was in relation to the widespread use of a trademark name within a specific industry – with the added twist of the name being used in many Chinese enterprises.

In addition to the overall victory the team also won the BEST Petitioner Memorial, while Henry Norris won the highest individual honour as the competitions BEST Advocate.

Dean of the Faculty of Law, Professor Geraldine Mackenzie is proud of the team’s achievement, seeing it as further evidence of the strength of the advocacy based teaching program offered at Bond, as it assisted the students in mastering the highly complex Chinese intellectual property regime.

“With the aid of Assistant Professor Butler, our students were able to master a completely foreign, intellectual property regime, illustrating that whether it is International Arbitration or Criminal Law, the programs and support we have in place will allow them to excel,” Professor Mackenzie said.

“This victory, the third in less than two months provides further compelling evidence of the strength of the Faculty of Law and its success in preparing our students for practice or business in the 21st century’s, globalised legal environment.”

This is an assessment that Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Garry Marchant agrees with, seeing this victory as a testament to the culture of learning excellence that has become ingrained at Bond University.

“I congratulate the students and the Faculty of Law for this third win, it really is a testament to the culture of learning and excellence that has become ingrained within Bond University,” Professor Marchant said.

“More than that it illustrates how the university is preparing our students for the global marketplace by exposing them to the regulatory practices of our largest trading partner, an important consideration for anyone wishing to do business within the world’s most populous nation.”

Bond University has won five international and three Australian mooting competitions in the past three years. For more information on Bond’s mooting accolades, please click here. 

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