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Moots

B.A. Mallal Moot 2018

Taking place in the first semester of the academic year (last held in September-October), the B.A. Mallal Moot is one of Singapore’s oldest mooting competitions, kindly sponsored by Allen & Gledhill LLP. The moot problem typically focuses on appellate advocacy, in tort/contract law. At the finals of Mallal Moot 2017, the judges present were NUS Assoc Prof Eleanor Wong, Pang Khang Chau JC and Ang Cheng Hock SC.

 

Gowling WLG IP Moot 2019

Held in February, the Gowling WLG Intellectual Property (IP) Moot is Singapore’s first and only IP moot. The moot is sponsored by Gowling WLG and supported by the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS). The competition sheds light on a contentious area of IP Law. At the finals of the Gowling WLG IP Moot 2018, the judges present were Aedit Abdullah J, Denis Croze (World Intellectual Property Organization), Mark Lim (IPOS), Gordon Harris (Gowling WLG) and Sheena Jacob (JurisAsia LLC).

International Commercial Arbitration Moot 2019

This competition typically takes place from February to March, and focuses on international commercial arbitration. The moot celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2018 and is supported by WongPartnership LLP. At the finals of ICAM 2018, the judges present were Judith Prakash JA, Christopher Thomas QC, and Alvin Yeo SC, managing partner of WongPartnership LLP.

  

Advocacy Cup 2019

Held in March, the Advocacy Cup is the only moot in Singapore focusing on trial advocacy. Participants must prepare a witness for an examination-in-chief (EIC) and cross-examination. The competition is judged by lawyers from Drew & Napier. Presiding over the 2018 finals was a panel consisting of the Honourable Justice Kannan Ramesh, justice of the Supreme Court of Singapore; Jimmy Yim SC, Deputy Chairman of Drew & Napier, as well as our own vice-dean, Assoc. Prof Eleanor Wong.

SICC 2019

The competition will require teams (comprising two students) to prepare submissions concerning an international commercial dispute before the Singapore International Commercial Court. Finalists will be awarded attractive cash prizes.

Initiatives

Moot Book Committee

The Moot Book aims to capture the mooting legacies of NUS Law alumni via photos, interviews with mooters past and present and write-ups about the various international and local competitions NUS Law has participated and won. As part of the team, you may have the chance to interview and meet distinguished former mooters, which include Judges and Senior Counsels.

The committee is likely to be involved in three main areas:

1. Photo & Design, which involves contacting alumni for photos of the events they had participated in, going down to the National Archives to retrieve these photos and more importantly, standardising the design of the entire book.

2. Writing, which involves consolidating information retrieved from the interviews, editing such information and writing articles on anything moot-related. This may also involve some research into our mooting past as well.

3. Interviews, which involves arranging, preparing for and meeting our notable alumni to collect their memories/get their opinion on the mooting scene in the legal landscape.

Publicity Committee

The publicity committee produces publicity materials in the form of social media management and design to promote the various events by MDC. Freshmen with experience or who are interested in managing social media campaigns, writing, graphic design, or photography are strongly encouraged to sign up.

Leaders in Thought

Kopis with Profs

Kopi is an event that MDC will facilitate where 5 professors/expert speakers are engaged to speak on a topic of their interest/expertise. The chosen topic does not necessarily have to be law-related. Examples of topics could include Air Travel (Professor Alan Tan), Fashion (Professor David Tan), Theatre (Professor Eleanor Wong), etc.

Courtversations

Held in the Moot Court, Courtversations aims to be a session for freshmen to converse about legal issues in a laidback setting, amid food and beer.

 

Mooting, ADR, and Advocacy Conference

The Inaugural Mooting, ADR, and Advocacy Conference (MADRA) is envisioned to be a conference that targets law students from all over Singapore and South-East Asia. Over the course of 4 days, they will have opportunities to listen to practitioners & experts in their respective fields give workshops and masterclasses on different types of advocacy, as well as opportunities to practice these skills and pit their skills against other conference participants. The Conference is expected to attract more than 100 students from all over South-East Asia.