The ECC-SAL International Virtual Mooting Competition 2021, co-organised by the members of Essex Court Chambers (ECC), and the Singapore Academy of Law (SAL), in partnership with Opus 2 and the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC), presents an ideal opportunity for young lawyers to showcase and hone their skills as advocates.
The Competition is open to young advocates from Australia, Brunei, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Singapore and South Korea.
This year, for the first time, all rounds of the Competition will take place online using Opus 2’s market-leading virtual hearing platform, and will replicate the challenges currently faced by advocates around the world.
For more information, you may view the flyer
DATES OF THE COMPETITION
The preliminary rounds of the Competition are scheduled to take place on a round-robin basis, with each team participating in a minimum of two moots:
- Round 1: Tuesday, 5 January 2021 at 5:30pm SGT
- Round 2: Wednesday, 6 January 2021 at 5:30pm SGT
The remaining rounds will take place on an elimination basis:
- Quarter-Finals: Tuesday, 12 January 2021 at 5:30pm SGT
- Semi-Finals: Wednesday, 13 January 2021 at 5:30pm SGT
The Final will take place on Thursday, 14 January 2021 at 6:00pm SGT
(All dates above are subject to change.)
The Competition is open to lawyers and legal service officers who have been qualified for practice for no more than three years as at 1 January 2021. Teams may comprise mooters from the same or different law firms and organisations, with each participating firm or organisation asked to submit no more than two teams.
A reserve list of teams will be compiled in the event that more than two teams apply from the same organisation. The organisers will consider all relevant circumstances in each jurisdiction when interpreting the eligibility criteria, and the organising committee reserves the right to exercise discretion for its decisions.
Registration closes at 1800 SGT (i.e.: UTC+08:00) on 1 November 2020 or when a total of 32 teams have been registered for the Competition, whichever is earlier. Please see flyer on how to register.
The winning team will be offered an all expenses paid two-week internship at Essex Court Chambers in London (subject to feasibility in view of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated restrictions on travel). Awards will also be given for the Best Speaker, Best Memorandum submitted and the Best International Team.
THE MOOT PROBLEM
The Moot Problem will be based on a fictional case in the SICC incorporating the SICC rules, subject only to contrary provisions in the Moot Handbook.
- The Preliminary Rounds and Quarter-Finals will be based on a first-instance hearing before the SICC.
- The Semi-Finals and Grand Final will be based on an appeal from the SICC to the Singapore Court of Appeal.
- A judgment forming part of the Moot Problem will be released for the purposes of the later rounds of the Competition.
The Moot Problem and Moot Handbook, which contains the rules of the Competition, will be released after registration has closed
Upon confirmation of registration, a non-refundable entry fee per team of S$200.00 (inclusive of GST) is to be made payable to the “Singapore Academy of Law”. A portion of the proceeds from this year’s competition will be donated to charity.
RESULTS OF THE 2020 COMPETITION:
Winner: D&D (Dennis Saw & Daniel Ho)
Runner-up: Two Towers (Alexander Kamsany Lee & Shriram Jayakumar)
Best International Team: Skrine, Malaysia
Best Memorandum: Team 302 (Choo Ian Ming & Nicholas Ng Wei Jie)
Best Speaker: Shriram Jayakumar