Three Australian law schools made it through to the semi-finals in this year's prestigious 11th International Maritime Law Arbitration Moot.
Organised by Murdoch University and hosted by the University of Technology Sydney, the competition saw participants from 18 universities across Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and the UK.
The semi-finals saw Murdoch University compete against Queensland University of Technology, while the University of Queensland squared up against the National University of Singapore, which qualified as the highest-ranking team in the general rounds.
After a hard-fought grand final between the National University of Singapore and Murdoch University, the former emerged victorious.
Middletons, which is a major sponsor of the competition, provided arbitrators to sit on panels of three in the rounds leading up to and including the finals.
Federal Court judge Steven Rares, president of the Maritime Law Association of Australia & New Zealand, Dr Sarah Derrington and the well-known and respected maritime arbitrator, David Martin-Clark, also participated in the judging panels.
Middletons' head of transport, logistics and defence, Stephen Thompson, said: "Each university had a team of four to five mooters and the standard of oral and written submissions was extremely high.
"The increase in global trade requires sophisticated multi-modal transport systems involving land, sea and air transport. These transport systems call for ever more sophisticated and specialist legal skills. This international event is a wonderful building block for the next generation of lawyers in this burgeoning area of law."
The Honourable Justice James Allsop, president of the New South Wales Court of Appeal, presented the winning team with their prize.