UTS makes strong debut in Oxford law moot

In summary: 
  • UTS was the first Australian university to compete in the International Rounds of the Price Media Law Moot held at Oxford University late last month
  • Up against teams from top law schools around the world, UTS made the finals and lost by just one point to a team from NALSAR University of Hyderbad in India

A team from UTS has come close to taking out this year's International Rounds of the Price Media Law Moot at Oxford University in what was a first appearance by an Australian university.

UTS's team of Andrew Berriman, James Chin, Briony Daley-Whitworth and Silas Morrison reached the finals from a starting field of more than 50 law schools from around the world, including City University London and New York Law School.

Debating a case about anonymity online and national security, UTS lost by just one point to a team from NALSAR University of Hyderbad in India.

Coach and Chair of the UTS Faculty of Law's Mooting Management Committee, Geoff Holland, said preparation for the competition was particularly demanding.

"It was over six months of the team and me working closely together," Mr Holland said. "It gave the team a taste of what it is like preparing for litigation in legal practice.

"Because the problem involved issues of international human rights, US constitutional law and the law of various nations, it meant that the team had to develop an understanding of a broad range of laws and legal issues in a relatively short amount of time.

"The quality of competitors was high. There were teams representing some of the top law schools in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the US.

"The UTS team stood out, both in their understanding of the legal issues and in their advocacy style. I am proud of each of their achievements in this competition."

Organised by the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy, the Price Media Law Moot Court Programme began in 2008 as a single moot court competition held at Oxford University to foster an interest in media law, communication technologies and freedom of expression issues.

Since then the programme has increased in size and geographical diversity and is now hosting rounds in different regions around the world.

Thirty-three teams from 18 countries came to Oxford for the final founds from 21 to 24 March.

GO UTS!

Real proud of you guys :) Invaluable experience right there!