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Tomorrow’s top maritime lawyers battle it out in the Supreme Court

Published: 31 July 2013

The University of Southampton Law School has hosted this year’s 14th International Maritime Law Arbitration Moot; a challenging test of legal argument involving the best law students from 26 universities worldwide.

At the Grand Final in London, presided over by a past President of the Supreme Court, Lord Phillips of Worth-Matravers, the University of Queensland team of Lucinda Claire Brabacon and Emily Chalk beat Mubin Shah Ramazan and Yu Kanghao from the National University of Singapore. Despite their best efforts, members of the Southampton team were defeated in an earlier round of the contest.

Moot Director Associate Professor Kate Lewins says “The competitors were lucky to have many experienced maritime arbitrators, from England and abroad, judging their moots and, as a bonus, we were blessed with a balmy English summer.”

The Southampton Law School, with its world-wide reputation for maritime law, was the first university outside the Asia-Pacific region to host this prestigious competition. The moot problem was a commercial maritime law dispute relating to the hijacking of a consignment of palm oil.

Lawyers who volunteered their services as arbitrators over the week in Southampton and London included a Canadian Federal Court judge, Australian judges and many City of London lawyers. The event was organised by Murdoch University School of Law in Australia and sponsored by several high profile law firms and legal publishers.

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Moot winners - the University of Qeensland team
Runners up - the National University of Singapore team
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