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LLM students in International Maritime Arbitration Moot

Published: 2 July 2010

The 11th International Maritime Law Arbitration Moot (IMLAM 2010) Competition was held in Sydney, 2 - 6 July 2010 with the participation, for the first time since 2006, of a team from the University of Southampton School of Law.

The team of mooters, consisting of LLM students Anta Kalou, Aias Retsinas and Tughan Thuraisingam performed very well but was knocked out of the very tough competition. Besides Anta, Aias and Tughan, the mooting team (pictured) consisted of LLM students Socrates Ioannou and Siddarth Ranka, who helped prepare the Memoranda and coach the team for the competition. Tughan, who is currently completing an LLM at the University of Southampton after having gained his LLB from the same university in 2009, said this:

“Participating in the IMLAM 2010 was truly an incredible experience. It is a unique opportunity to go in-depth into an area of maritime law and grapple with the specific legal complexities that arise.

During the oral hearings, you improve vastly on your advocacy skills by interacting respectfully with experienced arbitrators while at the same time communicating your arguments in a clear, concise and structured manner.

However what is most rewarding is that the occasion successfully brings people together from around the world to moot on a fascinating area of law fostering many new friendships. I would strongly advise anyone not to miss such an opportunity!”

Professor Rob Merkin assisted as an arbitrator in the competition and had the opportunity to watch the team in one of their sessions. He commented “I was really impressed with them: they did us proud.”

The team was also generously supported by Lloyd’s List Group who provided literature for the moot.

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