This event was established by Professor Sarah Derrington at the University of Queensland, Australia in 2000 to extend interest in maritime law to students across Australia. Associate Professor Kate Lewins took over the reins in 2006, when organisation of the event moved to Murdoch University of Western Australia, and the moot has since become an international event.
In recent years it has been held outside Australia in the UK in 2013 and in Hong Kong in 2014. Now in its 16th year, the moot returned to the UK this year, with the rounds and the quarter-finals taking place in Exeter, with the semi-finals and finals taking place in London.
The event attracted participation from universities worldwide, particularly from Australia, the Indian sub-continent and the Asia-Pacific region. 40 teams took part in the written rounds of the event, with 25 teams participating in the oral rounds which took place here in the UK. Well-deserved success went to this year’s moot winners, University of Sydney, who beat the Singapore Management University team in a closely fought final.
The event involved over 50 moots in total, each determined by a tribunal of three moot arbitrators. The LMAA was pleased to support the event, with 15 members of the LMAA joining the total group of some 40 international arbitrators, judges, legal and maritime practitioners and academics who gathered in Exeter. The LMAA also sponsored the prize for best newcomer team. This year that prize was awarded to Exeter, who reached the quarter-finals and only narrowly missed a place in the semi-finals.
A full list of prize winners can be found on Murdoch University website and accessed via the below link: