The International Maritime Law Arbitration Moot is an annual competition and is open to any students enrolled in a law degree (either undergraduate or postgraduate) who have not been admitted to practice. For the 2017 competition, which was held in Singapore in early July, Old Boy Matthew Paterson (2012) was selected to represent the University of Queensland. For Matthew and his team, it required months of preparation to research and write Memoranda for each side of a legal dispute relating to commercial maritime law.

Competing against teams from Europe, Asia and Australia, Matthew’s team reached the Grand Final, where they argued before Lord Justice Rix, a former member of the UK Court of Appeal, as well as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Singapore and a senior Singaporean arbitrator. Matthew’s team also won the runner-up prize for the written memoranda. No other team was as successful in both facets of the moot. Matthew was further honoured as the top-ranking speaker from the University of Queensland in the general rounds of the competition.

This is the second time Matthew has been selected to represent the University of Queensland internationally, having competed in the Willem C Vis International Arbitration Moot in Vienna in 2016, where his team was awarded Honourable Mentions for their Oral arguments and for each of their written Memoranda.

Featured Image – Matthew (second from left) and his team being presented with their runners-up prize by Lord Justice Rix.