Master of mooting

Event. Best not take on Natasha Perry unless you have the facts to back up your argument.

Now in her fourth year at the University of Tasmania School of Law, Natasha joined her peers to take out top honours at a prestigious national mooting event.

A moot is a mock judicial proceeding where students present legal arguments in hypothetical cases.

The students secured two highly competitive titles at the Australian Law Students’ Association national championships in Adelaide, South Australia last weekend.

Facing off against 28 other law schools, they won both the International Humanitarian Law moot and the Championship moot.

The championship team, comprising Natasha, Meghan Scolyer and Georgina Barnes, was challenged with a corporations law scenario.

“The problem was about a dispute between a third party company and a creditor, mainly focusing on remedies and the interpretation of relevant provisions in the Corporations Act,” Natasha said.

“The key thing is practising over and over again.

“We worked really hard to ensure we were having a conversation with the judges, but also acknowledging that there was an opposing team presenting the other side and incorporating their arguments to our advantage.”

The International Humanitarian Law moot was won by students Dan Westbury – who was also awarded the best oralist prize for the category – and Siobhain Galea.

While the university has reached the grand final of both categories in previous years, this is the first time the law school has won each title.

Circular Head’s Natasha Perry (far right), pictured with Georgina Barnes, UTAS Professor Gino Dal Pont and Siobhain Galea, has shown just how well she can present her case at the Australian Law Students’ Association mooting championships.

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