Our Faculty has a history of cultivating some of the world’s best student mooters. Our teams have ranked high in international mooting competitions often ahead of teams from other renowned institutions from jurisdictions such as the United States, Australia, England and in Asia. We are now sending teams to five different international mooting competitions around the world each year.
We encourage our students to become involved in mooting from the moment they enter our law school. The following channels provide opportunities for students to become involved in competitive mooting during their legal education (click on the menu on the right hand side for more information):
We are grateful to the following sponsors who have provided invaluable support to our mooting activities:
Friends of the Faculty
Sweet & Maxwell Asia/Thomson
Eric Au Memorial Fund
Law Society of Hong Kong
Hong Kong Bar Association
The Faculty’s International Mooting Programme selects the most talented law students to represent HKU in five international mooting competitions, namely:
- Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
- Oxford International Intellectual Property Moot
- Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Moot
- Herbert Smith Freehills Competition Law Moot
- International Maritime Law Arbitration Moot
Students of both the Department of Law and the Department of Professional Legal Education are encouraged to participate in these mooting competitions. The benefits from participation are numerous, including improved legal research and writing skills, improved oral advocacy skills, and the chance to travel abroad and meet law students from around the world. The internal selection rounds for these mooting competitions are normally held in the First Semester of each academic year.
The Faculty organizes annually, through its Mooting Committee, a compulsory mooting programme for upper year students. The internal mooting programme is one of the most challenging and important activities in the Faculty.
The compulsory moots are held at the High Court with legal practitioners and Faculty staff acting as judges. Sixteen of the best mooters are then chosen to participate in a competition round which is usually judged by legal practitioners and members of the Hong Kong judiciary. The four best mooters then proceed to the Grand Final to compete for the Hong Kong Bar Association Cup (for the best mooting team) and the Deacons Cup (for the best mooter). The grand finalists will also receive prizes from the firm, Deacons.
The primary objectives of the HKU Advocacy and Mooting Society are developing advocacy skills and promoting mooting activities among the law students at the University. Established in 2002, it is a body of the students at the HKU Faculty of Law.
The activities of the Society include the following: training/workshops on advocacy and mooting; lecture series delivered by local and international advocacy experts; language training programmes, with particular focus on legal language; establishing a collection of printed, audio-visual, on-line and other resources for easy access by its members (including a web site); training sessions for HKU moot teams participating in international mooting competitions; programmes enhancing legal research skills for its members; and collaborating with the Faculty in raising funds for advocacy and mooting activities.
In 2004, the Society established the Basic Law Moot for both junior and senior law students. It is currently a competition between HKU and City University but aims to involve schools from Macau and the Mainland.