Notre Dame Mooters win fourth national competition

15 October 2018

A team of students from The University of Notre Dame Australia’s School of Law in Fremantle has taken out top honours in one of Australia’s most prestigious Law competitions.

Held annually by the Federal Government’s Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT), the National Mooting Competition this year attracted 25 teams from Law Schools all over Australia.

Teams are required to debate and solve fictional disputes as the face off against each other over five rounds at State, Territory and National levels.

The team from Notre Dame, comprising third and fourth year students Yasoda McGeary, Emily-May Roberts and Daniel Purdy defeated the University of Tasmania in the final moot held in Hobart on October 3.

Currently in its 14th year, the AAT Moot is open to all law students enrolled in Australian universities and plays a key role in promoting students’ understanding of the nature of administrative law practice in Australia.

The moots involve hypothetical scenarios drawn from a variety of administrative law areas. Each round of the competition concerns a different practice area of the AAT’s jurisdiction and is adjudicated by Members of the AAT.

The final moot in this year’s competition challenged teams to solve a controversy based on a hypothetical dispute between the Australian Taxation Office and a large supermarket chain on whether GST should be applied to fresh salad bowls sold in the chain’s supermarkets

Notre Dame’s Dean of the School Law School, Professor Joan Squelch said the success reflected the high levels of commitment by both students and staff.

“It’s true testament to the excellence in legal advocacy, research and preparation of the University’s AAT Moot team and the support of academics and coaches,” Professor Squelch said.

Photo: David Charlesworth