AUSTRALIA IS firmly on the international arbitration map following a successful international mooting event at which the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration's (ACICA) rules governed.
The Willem C Vis International Arbitration Moot - held in Vienna - featured 251 teams from around the world, including UTS, UNSW, Deakin and Griffith universities.
Leading Australia's presence at the prestigious event was Nicholas Rudd - son of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd - and ACICA president Doug Jones.
"It gave ACICA and Australia the chance to show our wares in the international arbitration space," Jones told Lawyers Weekly.
"Australia really managed to make its mark and it provided us with an opportunity to promote Australia as a place for international arbitration, and I don't think we let that opportunity go past."
Kings College London took out the title, whose final showdown with Ottawa University was arbitrated by Jones.
In a rare achievement, the UNSW team - comprising Narges Khabbaz, Trina Ng, Ann Kayis and Michelle Wen - was awarded the Peter Sanders
Award for Best Memorandum (Claimant) and the Werner Melis Award for Best Memorandum (Respondent), while Griffith University made it to the final 16 teams.
The Griffith team was aided in its success by Rudd - now a paralegal at Clayton Utz - who was part of the team who made it to the semi-finals in last year's competition.
"The quality of moot was pretty exceptional, particularly in the final rounds," said Rudd.
"I was lucky enough to watch a few of the Australian teams participate and they did really well."
Both Jones and Rudd expressed their delight with the success of the event in which Australia took such a leading role.
"You have all the leading academics and arbitrators from around the world so ... if you love arbitration, it's a real arbitration love-fest," said Rudd.
"Everyone who knows something [about arbitration] goes to this event, and with all the students there as well it is a truly international experience. It was really fun."