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17th Annual Administrative Appeals Tribunal National Mooting Competition

Congratulations to all 20 teams who competed in the recently completed 17th Annual AAT National Mooting Competition.  The competitors represented law schools from the ACT (Australian National University), NSW (University of NSW and University of Wollongong), Queensland (Bond University, Queensland University of Technology and University of Queensland), Tasmania (University of Tasmania), Victoria (La Trobe University, Monash University and University of Melbourne) and WA (Edith Cowan University, Murdoch University and University of Western Australia). 

The Grand Final was held online on 27 October 2021.  The results this year were:

First place: University of Queensland   

Best Advocate award: Alexander Zagami of University of Queensland

2021 National Mooting Competition best advocate Alexander Zagami of University of QLD

Top row left to right: AAT President, the Hon Justice David Thomas; AAT Deputy President Bernard McCabe and Mr Chris Merritt.

Bottom row left to right: Ms Holmes, Mr Brown and Mr Zagami, University of Queensland; and AAT Senior Member Damien O’Donovan.

Runner-up: University of New South Wales

2021 National Mooting Competition best advocate Alexander Zagami of University of QLD

Top row left to right: AAT President, the Hon Justice David Thomas; Mr Olife, University of New South Wales; AAT Senior Member Damien O’Donovan

Bottom row left to right: Ms Buckland-Watts and Mr Barrett, University of New South Wales; AAT Deputy President Bernard McCabe and Mr Chris Merritt.

The AAT mooting competition is a unique national competition where competitors participate in mock hearings based on the types of cases which come before the AAT. The competition has five rounds in total and runs over four months with scenarios increasing in complexity as competitors progress through the rounds.

The AAT is grateful to Thomson Reuters and the Australian Institute of Administrative law for their continued support of the competition as sponsors of the competition prizes.