La Trobe Law School’s student teams have excelled in this year’s domestic and international mooting competitions.
In January, La Trobe’s team of Danielle Chiaverini, Nicolas Muniz Saavedra and Paula Carlesso, placed third in the national rounds of the Phillip C. Jessup International Law Competition which were held in Canberra. This was a first in La Trobe’s history of participation in the Jessup Moot. The team won all four moots in the preliminary rounds, before narrowly losing at the semi final stage held at the ACT Supreme Court. The team’s coach was Stephanie Falconer with assistance from Madeleine Matkowsky (Jessup 2016). The growing cohort of Jessup alumni who helped in judging the team’s practice moots also reflects the groundwork laid by Dr Magda Karagiannakis in developing advocacy at La Trobe over the past six years.
La Trobe also performed strongly in this year’s Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. They teached the round of 16 finals at the Vis East competition in Hong Kong: which was the highest ranking Australian law school in the competition. The team of Kirtan Swamy, Cindy Do, Wilson Tan, Ashmal Naleemudeen and James Fitsioris. The team was coached by Dr Magda Karagiannakis, with assistance from Mr Balu Rao.