Monash Law School students come runners up in Vis international mooting competition

Our Monash Law students have once again proven their legal prowess by scoring an array of awards, and advancing far into the finals rounds — including as grand finalists and first runners up in the Vis East moot, and in the top 5% of teams participating in the Vis moot.

Monash University was represented in the Vis Moot this year by LLB Honours students, Thomas Mason, Harrison Philp, Amelia Grossi, Mudit Dhami, Brynnie Rafe and Anastasia Patralis, under the coaching of Dr Drossos Stamboulakis.

The Willem C Vis Moot is a highly regarded international commercial arbitration competition for students from law schools around the world. There are two main competitions held in Hong Kong, and Vienna. Normally, almost 400 universities compete in Vienna, and 150 universities in Hong Kong. Teams come from every continent in the world to compete, and it is sometimes referred to as "the Olympics of law school". The Vis Moot involves around 4,000 students and coaches, and another 1,000 arbitrators. Arbitrators are often real-life judges, international arbitrators, academics and lawyers from almost every country worldwide.

Each student has put in huge amounts of work over the past 6 months, preparing detailed written memoranda and practising their oral advocacy skills. Monash consistently performs well in this competition, and this year was no exception. The team advanced to the Grand Finals in the Hong Kong competition, out of 139 teams, and was crowned the first runners up, for the first time in 15 years. Impressively, the team also progressed to the Round of 16 in the Vienna competition, ranking it amongst the top 5% of the 365 teams that participated.

In the Hong Kong competition, the team faced the University of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the University of Versailles – Paris Saclay, the Royal Institute of Colombo and the Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas - Mauritius Campus in the group rounds. The team went on to face the University of Mainz, the National Law School of India University, the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen and the National University of Singapore in the elimination rounds. The team ultimately faced the Singapore Management University in the Grand Finals.

In the Vienna competition, the group rounds were against Dalian Maritime University, the University of Hamburg, the University of Oxford and the China-EU School of Law. Upon progression to the elimination rounds, the team faced off against the University of Cambridge, the University of Passau and finally the University of Hamburg, who went on to be awarded first runners up in the competition.

Monash received commendations on both of its written pleadings, in the form of an Honourable Mention for the Claimant’s Memorandum and an Honourable Mention for the Respondent’s Memorandum. Honourable Mentions for Best Individual Oralists were also awarded to: Thomas Mason, Mudit Dhami, Brynnie Rafe and Anastasia Patralis for their oral advocacy during the group rounds of the competition.

We are incredibly thankful for the ongoing support of the Dean of Law, Professor Bryan Horrigan and Monash Law's Moot fellows (Professor the Hon Clyde Croft AM SC and Professor the Hon Marilyn Warren AC QC), and indebted to the innumerous Vis alumni and legal professionals who have volunteered to assist the team as judges. In particular, we would like to thank: Dr Richard Manly QC, Greg Harris QC, Caroline Kenny QC, Dr Andrew Hanak QC, Dr Gavan Griffith QC, Michael Gronow QC, Nick Gallina, Dave Sima, Arman Riazati, Felicia Leong, William Ruan, and Samira Lindsey.