The Fletcher Moot concluded in Sydney on 17 March after three days of intense competition. In an impressive final round at the ceremonial court of the Federal Court of Australia, Singapore Management University overcame their rivals to win the world’s first international insolvency law moot.
The event, described by the competition’s namesake, Emeritus Professor Ian Fletcher, as “a landmark in the education and training of future leaders in the field of international insolvency law practice” was hailed a huge success by those in attendance.
“I thoroughly enjoyed this rare opportunity to interact with distinguished members of foreign judiciaries, INSOL International, the International Insolvency Institute and like-minded students,” said Benedict Chan Wei Qi from Singapore Management University and winner of the Best Individual Mooter Award.
“A moot on international insolvency law will continue to grow in its importance and relevance for aspiring insolvency practitioners as more jurisdictions adopt the UNCITRAL Model Law on Cross Border Insolvency,” said Benedict.
“The management of a cross-border insolvency matter is almost inevitable in our future practice,” he added.
Moot judge and law scholar, Professor Georg Kodek from the Vienna University of Economics and Business, agrees.
“The world is getting smaller. Along with international business, international insolvency law has become more important in recent years. The moot court reflects this development and provides a fascinating opportunity for students to gather experience in this field.”
Professor Kodek was impressed by the calibre of participants and found the moot to be invaluable for students and judges alike.
“It provided me with an opportunity to meet some of the best students from the entire world. While obviously only one team could win, I know that all participants put an enormous amount of work into this.”
The teams - a selection of the brightest insolvency law students from around the world – mingled with distinguished members from the profession, academia and high-profile judges at an awards ceremony chaired by Michael Murray, QUT Visiting Fellow.
QUT’s Commercial and Property Law Research Centre member and Moot Co-ordinator, Professor Rosalind Mason, observed: “The Fletcher Moot provides top commercial law students with an opportunity to make connections with their peers around the globe. During the course of the week; from the welcome afternoon tea to the celebratory dinner following the final round, it was good to see their collegiality and spirit of fun grow while maintaining a professional competitive edge.”
In closing, a message from Professor Fletcher was relayed to participants to be “justly proud” of their achievements.
“I am sure that all who have participated will carry away a sense of pride and satisfaction at having been involved in the launching of this major flagship event, which promises to raise the profile of international insolvency among tomorrow’s generation of practitioners and scholars.”
Visit the Fletcher Moot website to see the final results and award winners.
To view all the action, visit the Fletcher Moot gallery.
Fletcher Moot finalists at the Federal Court of Australia.
Winners of the 2017 Fletcher Moot, Singapore Management University.
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