Swansea Mooting Team Shines at the 14th International Maritime Arbitration Moot Competition

Swansea Mooting Team composed of Mr Pieter Rombaut and Ms Georgeanna Palmer impressed the arbitrators with their legal knowledge and presentation skills at the 14th International Maritime Arbitration Moot which is organised by Murdoch University School of Law and hosted by Southampton University.

Pieter and Georgeanna, both LLM students at Swansea, have been trained for the competition by Claire Hepworth, a LLB student who has recently graduated with a distinction, and Mr Sebastian Meyer, a PhD candidate and Research Assistant. This was the first appearance of Swansea in this competition but victories against the mooting teams of University of Law (England) and Universitas Gadjah Mada (Indonesia) indicated how far the team has progressed in such a short period of time. Swansea lost narrowly to Singapore National University’s Mooting Team, which made to the grand final held in London at the Supreme Court on 12 July 2013. 

Mooting 2013Photo: Mr Pieter Rombaut and Ms Georgeanna Palmer getting ready for their submissions before the panel of arbitrators 

Commenting on the competition, Sebastian Meyer said: “We are very proud of our mooting team and their performance in this competition. This was a stiff learning curve for all of us but it was gratifying to hear the positive comments made by the arbitrators with respect to the team’s performance. Swansea is a centre of excellence in terms of teaching and learning of maritime law and the team’s knowledge on salient aspects of law was a great testament to the education they have received at Swansea.”