UQ students cut their teeth and snare a place in the semi-finals in torts moot

16 Aug 2016
L-R Hannah Whitton, Suvradip Maitra, Rubaina Sehgal and Priam Rangiah

University of Queensland TC Beirne School of Law students - Suvradip Maitra, Priam Rangiah, Rubaina Sehgal and Hannah Whitton - batted above their weight to break third of the fifteen teams into the semi-finals of the QUT Torts Moot on 5 August.

The entry-level moot provided the 15 competing teams with an excellent opportunity to experience the challenges and rewards of intervarsity mooting and to improve their knowledge of tort law. 

The UQ team, coached by UQ Law Professor John Devereux and veteran of law year’s tort team, Michael Chen, was comprised predominantly of second year students.

Three of the four students had developed their mooting skills by participating in the UQLS internal mooting program. 

They were competing against some significantly more experienced teams and made it to the semi-finals.  The winning team was Griffith University, who won the semi-finals round against the UQ team, and the runner-up was the University of Sydney.

Ms Rangiah said it was a great experience to be exposed to judges and competitors of such high calibre.

"Mooting tests your ability in a way exams and assignments simply can’t,” she said.  “Having to stand up and present your arguments in front of a bench of practitioners, academics and retired judges is both one of the hardest and most rewarding things you’ll do.”

Mr Maitra said it was a great opportunity to challenge themselves and extend their professional networks.

“It was a privilege to represent the university in front of esteemed judges, barristers and academics,” he said.  “We would like to thank Professor Devereux, Michael Chen and UQ Mooting, especially Geneviève Murray, for the immense support throughout.”

The School of Law is currently accepting applications from students interested in competing in international external moots.