2016 National Mooting Competition
All law students enrolled in Australian universities are invited to register in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal National Mooting Competition which plays a key role in promoting students’ understanding of the nature of administrative law practice in the Tribunal.
Students are required to form teams comprising two advocates who act as senior counsel and junior counsel. A third team member may also be appointed who can assist the advocates but will not be permitted to speak during the moot. The team may rotate the roles as it progresses through the competition.
The moots, conducted over five rounds at both state or territory and national level, involve fact scenarios drawn from a variety of administrative law areas including immigration and citizenship, social security, veterans’ affairs, workers’ compensation and taxation.
Each round of the competition concerns a different area of jurisdiction and is adjudicated by Members of the Tribunal.
The objectives of the competition are twofold:
to expose law students to the unique merits review jurisdiction of the Tribunal thereby highlighting the differences between Tribunal practice and procedure and that of the courts; and
to encourage law students to have an interest in pursuing administrative law practice upon completion of their legal studies.
The grand final of the competition will be held during the first week of October and be adjudicated by the President of the Tribunal, Justice Duncan Kerr, and two other Members of the Tribunal.
The Tribunal provides a travel and accommodation allowance where necessary to enable teams to participate in the grand final.
The winning team and runner up team are awarded prizes and the winners are inscribed on the Administrative Appeals Tribunal National Mooting Competition Shield located at the Brisbane Registry.
Registrations for the 2016 Administrative Appeals Tribunal National Mooting Competition open 1 June 2016 and close 30 June 2016.
Please consult the Information Package and Competition Rules below for further information.
Contact Laura Willoughby, National Coordinator - 2016 AAT Mooting Competition
Example moot scenario and associated documentation
These documents are intended to provide moot participants with an idea of what to expect during the competition. The example is drawn from a previous year’s grand final.