A centralised list for every Australian inter-varsity competition.

If you know of a competition that should be included here, please email competitions@alsa.asn.au.

AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND AIR LAW MOOT

Planning and organisation of the third annual Australia and New Zealand Air Law Moot court competition (ANZALM) is well underway!

Co-conveners Joseph Wheeler (Principal of IALPG) and Charles Giacco (Student Co-ordinator of the Aviation Law Association of Australia and New Zealand) are proud to announce that the competition will be held in late 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand, and will be hosted by the University of Auckland, the 2015 winners of the competition.

Please check the ANZALM website for more details as they emerge.

AAT MOOT

All law students enrolled in Australian universities are invited to register in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal National Mooting Competition which plays a key role in promoting students’ understanding of the nature of administrative law practice in the Tribunal.

Students are required to form teams comprising two advocates who act as senior counsel and junior counsel. A third team member may also be appointed who can assist the advocates but will not be permitted to speak during the moot. The team may rotate the roles as it progresses through the competition.  

The moots, conducted over five rounds at both state or territory and national level, involve fact scenarios drawn from a variety of administrative law areas including immigration and citizenship, social security, veterans’ affairs, workers’ compensation and taxation.

Each round of the competition concerns a different area of jurisdiction and is adjudicated by Members of the Tribunal. 

The objectives of the competition are twofold:

to expose law students to the unique merits review jurisdiction of the Tribunal thereby highlighting the differences between Tribunal practice and procedure and that of the courts; and

to encourage law students to have an interest in pursuing administrative law practice upon completion of their legal studies.

The grand final of the competition will be held during the first week of October and be adjudicated by the President of the Tribunal, Justice Duncan Kerr, and two other Members of the Tribunal. 

The Tribunal provides a travel and accommodation allowance where necessary to enable teams to participate in the grand final. 

The winning team and runner up team are awarded prizes and the winners are inscribed on the Administrative Appeals Tribunal National Mooting Competition Shield located at the Brisbane Registry.

Registrations for the 2016 Administrative Appeals Tribunal National Mooting Competition open 1 June 2016 and close 30 June 2016.

NOWICKI CARBONE PERSONAL INJURY MOOT

In 2015 the RMIT Law Students' Society was happy to present the Nowicki Carbone Personal Injury Moot. This moot was held at the Old Melbourne Magistrates’ Court at RMIT, Melbourne. This competition saw teams from all over Victoria participate. In 2016, the competition will be back for its third iteration.

Time & Dates
Preliminary rounds - Friday 20 May (times TBA depending on the number of entries)
Semi Final - Saturday 21 May 10 am
Grand Final - Saturday 21 May 2 pm
Presentation / Function - following the grand final / about 4.30pm to 6.30pm

Venue
Old Magistrates Court RMIT

Prizes
$250 Winning Team
$100 Best Speaker
$100 Best Submission

SIR HARRY GIBBS FEDERAL CONSTITUTIONAL LAW MOOT

Melbourne University Law Students' Society (MULSS), in collaboration with the Australian Association of Constitutional Law (AACL) and the Australian Government Solicitor (AGS), will be hosting the 2016 Sir Harry Gibbs Constitutional Law Moot. The Moot is Australia's premiere mooting competition, bringing together the nation's best and brightest constitutional law mooters for a spectacular festival of mooting.

The competition is structured as a four moot round-robin, followed by knockout rounds. All moots, other than the Grand Final, will be held at Melbourne Law School. The Grand Final will be hosted at the High Court in Melbourne.

The competition dates this year are Saturday 24, Sunday 25 and Monday 26 September. More information about the competition will follow. 

Australian academy of law: Annual essay prize

The Australian Academy of Law is pleased to announce the offering of its Annual Essay Prize for 2016.

The Prize was launched in 2015 and the winner of the inaugural Prize was Queenslander, Ailsa McKeon.

The Prize is open to anyone, wherever resident, who is studying or has studied legal subjects at a tertiary level, or who is working or has worked in a law based occupation. There is no limit by reference to the age or seniority or experience of, or position held by, a person who may submit an entry. Accordingly, judicial officers, legal practitioners, legal academics and law students are all eligible to submit an essay.

The amount of the Prize is $10,000.

The essay topic for the Prize in 2016 is as follows:

What effect have the advances in technology (including in artificial intelligence) had upon the discipline of law in academia, the practising profession and the courts, and how may that effect change over the next ten years?
What steps should be taken now to harness the benefits and limit the detriments of those advances?

The deadline for the submission of an essay is 31 August 2016 and persons intending to submit an essay must notify the Academy of that intention in writing via the Academy’s website to be received by 30 June 2016. Both of these time limits are strictly observed, as the Rules Governing the Annual Essay Prize make clear.

Those Rules can be accessed on the Academy’s website: www.academyoflaw. org.au

Refer to the Academy’s website also for further information about notification of intention to enter and about the actual submission of an entry

GO TO COURT LAWYERS' LEGAL WRITING CHALLENGE

The 2016 Australian Legal Writing Challenge is an opportunity to discover and recognise Australia’s most talented legal communicators. The Challenge prize pool is $6500 in cash and is administered by Go To Court Lawyers. 

Do you have a knack for explaining legal concepts in a simple and clear way? This is your chance to show off your ability, gain recognition amongst your legal peers, and help Australians better understand our legal system. 

Timeline: Submissions for the 2016 Australian Legal Writing Challenge are now open and will be accepted up until 12:00 am (midnight) (AST) on 20 June 2016. 

Prizes:
First Prize: $5,000 cash and recognition in national media release Second prize: $1000 cash
Third prize: $500 cash 

All winners and finalists will receive a certificate of recognition highlighting their result in the Australian Legal Writing Challenge.