Old Boys win on mooting world stage


​​​​Two BGS Old Boys from the Class of 2013 have helped Australia win the world's most prestigious mooting competition. Julius Moller and Edward Watson were part of a five-person team from The University of Queensland who bettered more than 600 teams from around the world to claim the 2018 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in Washington DC.

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Moller said it was fitting to join Watson on the team after they started their mooting journey together in the BGS team at the 2013 high school moot competition.

Founded in 1959, the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Competition is considered the world's most significant mooting contest. Almost 100 countries take part in the early rounds, with more than 600 teams competing to make the championship rounds in America.

The mooting teams are challenged to solve an international controversy based on a fictional dispute before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations. The year's problems dealt with particularly topical issues, including the enforcement of interstate arbitral awards, maritime navigation rights, nuclear disarmament obligations and the conduct of naval warfare.

Moller has continued his connection with BGS since graduating and serves as head coach of the School's mooting program. “This role has allowed me to give back to the next generation of BGS boys considering the study of law and to build interest in yet another extracurricular activity that forms part of the diverse mix offered to students," he said.

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