26 teams selected from around the world prepared written memorials and oral arguments in an International Court of Justice dispute concerning the use of force against civil aircraft in disputed territory. The case tested students in aspects of public international law as well as aviation law in a fact scenario based on the downing of Flight MH17 over Ukraine.
Having recently won the 2015 Australia-New Zealand Air Law Moot Competition hosted in Brisbane, the team again had great success on the international stage. Competing against several leading world Institutes of Air and Space Law including the likes of McGill (Canada) and Leiden (Netherlands), the team managed to attain honourable mentions in each category awarded ranking in the top 10 universities worldwide: 3rd Place in the Written Memorials for the Applicant; 7th Place in the Written Memorials for the Respondent; 6th Place in the Oral Rounds for the Applicant and 8th Place in the Oral Rounds for the Respondent. The team also received recommendations for Best Individual Oralist awards.
The team members are grateful for the wide support they received from everyone involved who donated their time to judge countless practice moots in preparation for the competition. The success in this moot is just another example of the University of Auckland Faculty of Law staking its claim on an international stage in light of the recent successes in the Phillip C Jessup International Law Moot, Willem C Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot and ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition.