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Macquarie Law School students place 2nd in global mooting comp

Students from Macquarie University Law School recently competed in the global Nuremberg Moot Court 2023, in a final against 32 universities from 22 countries.

user iconLauren Croft 07 August 2023 Careers
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The global mooting competition started with 125 teams before the finals were eventually held with 32 teams in Nuremberg, Germany.

The Nuremberg Moot Court invites teams from all over the world to argue a fictitious case before the “International Criminal Court”. Students are given the unique opportunity to develop their skills and plead at the historic courtroom 600 of the Nuremberg Palace of Justice, where the Nuremberg trials against the major Nazi war criminals took place in 1945–46.

Represented by Teriza Mir, Jaz Cremen and Jacqueline Stark and coached by Dr Daley Birkett, the Macquarie University team was crowned second place, progressing through five rounds and into the grand final, where they narrowly fell short to Kenya’s Strathmore University.

 
 

“Reaching the final of the Nuremberg Moot Court is an outstanding achievement,” Dr Birkett said.

“What renders it all the more admirable is that the team did so in an extracurricular setting. The students’ success brings immense credit to Macquarie University, Macquarie Law School and its mooting community – faculty and alumni – and, of course, to the participants themselves. Congratulations, Jacqueline, Jaz and Teriza.”

The international bench was made up of high-profile judges, prosecutors and academics. Judge Bertram Schmitt, judge at the International Criminal Court and former judge at the Federal Court of Justice of Germany, presided over the finals.

In addition to coming second, Ms Stark was also honoured with the prestigious award for best speaker. Judge Schmitt also commented that this was the best moot he had seen in the past four years.

“We had an amazing time participating in this year’s Nuremberg Moot Court Competition,” Ms Stark said.

“Mooting in Nuremberg – at the birthplace of modern international criminal law – against teams from five different continents and in front of prominent legal professionals was such a valuable experience.

“We are incredibly grateful to the support of our coach Dr Daley Birkett, [dean of the Macquarie Law School] Professor Lise Barry and the Macquarie Law School, and the Michael Kirby and Johan van Vloten Scholarship Fund for their assistance in getting us to Nuremberg. This has been a highlight of our degrees, and we would not have been able to do it without them.”