BAC's Mooting Society has never shied away from showing off their talents in external competitions.
Their big wins in the past year: Champions of the IHL Mooting Competition and Jessup Tournament, and First Runner-Up of the KL Bar Tournament.
In efforts to nurture the talents of fellow law students in the area of mooting, members of the BAC Mooting Society continued in their seniors' footsteps and organised the Internal Moots Championship. This annual competition aimed to showcase the mooting talents within BAC as well as scout for new talents.
For this competition, the moot problem detailed an appeal case in which the appellant was appealing a conviction of constructive manslaughter.
The competition, which started on 15 July 2023, saw the participation of 18 teams.
Judging the preliminary rounds were respectable legal professionals from firms such as Lavania & Balan Chambers, Messrs. Jamie Wong, and Izral Partnership. With two preliminary rounds held in the morning, eight teams with the highest scores proceeded to the quarter finals.
The teams which made it to the next round saw a combination of new, as well as experienced mooters.
The quarter finals, which took place after lunch on the same day, was judged by more legal paragons from firms such as Shook Lin & Bok, Shearn Delamore & Co. and Messrs. Goh Cia Yee. This round, which was a knockout round, entitled winners of each round to proceed to the semi-finals.
On the morning of 16th July 2023, four teams proudly argued their case in the semi-finals, this time judged by some legal titans like Jamie Wong of Messrs. Jamie Wong, Mohd. Izral Khairy from Messrs. Izral Partnership as well as Natalie Ooi and Nicholas Ooi of Ooi & Ooi.
Although every team gave it their best, only the winners of each round could proceed to the grand finals. The two teams to advance were:
Foo Qi Rei
Lai Yu Xuan
Mah Zi Wei
Tai Eu Dian
Siti Nazatul Nadia
Isaac Guek Yee Yun
The grand finals then took place at 2pm on 16th July 2023, at BAC PJ's very own moot court. Presenting on the side of the appellant was team 1016, and presenting for the respondent was team 1017.
They were judged by :
- Dinesh Muthal from Dinesh Muthal & Co.
- Tan Hui Wen from Skrine
- Alaistair Norman from Shafee & Co.
- Celia Cheah from LAW Partnership
- Choo Dee Wei from Messrs. Choo Dee Wei, who was the presiding judge
After an interesting round with well argued submissions from both sides, the judges gave their feedback accordingly.
Team 1017 was then announced as the winner! They received a cash prize of RM200, as well as an internship opportunity with Skrine. The first runner-up received a cash prize of RM150.
Tai Eu Dian of Team 1017 was declared best oralist and she received a cash prize of RM100.
Overall, it was a great experience for the participants and the committee alike.
Here's what Eu Dian had to say about her achievement:
"To be awarded the Best Oralist award among a pool of talented individuals is both humbling and gratifying. Nonetheless, this achievement is not solely mine to claim. I am immensely grateful for the invaluable feedback provided by the judges and the unwavering support of my family and friends. Ultimately, it is the journey I embarked upon with my exceptional team that I will forever cherish. Let this victory be a testament to our teamwork and determination, and may it be a foundation for many more accomplishments in the future."
The president of BAC Mooting Society, Oh Chiang Rou also had a few words to say:
"One word to describe IMC 2023–'fruitful, not just for the participants, but for the organising committees as well. Congratulations to all participants for their incredible performance!"
If you're interested in joining the BAC Mooting Society, you can apply via BAC Engage or visit their Instagram!
BAC Mooting Society is currently scouting for talented mooters to participate in the upcoming Tun Suffian Moot Court competition, so if you're interested in mooting for BAC, join the session!