Hillarys law student wins international moot competition


Heather Costelloe, of Hillarys.
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Heather Costelloe, of Hillarys. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d459664

MURDOCH University law student Heather Costelloe has beaten practising lawyers to win the eighth Chartered Institute of Arbitrators/Young Lawyers’ International Arbitration Moot Competition.

As well as being declared the overall winner, the Hillarys resident received the spirit of the moot award for continuing solo in the pairs competition after her allocated partner had to withdraw.

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and NSW Young Lawyers run the Sydney competition annually, with 20 teams of young lawyers and law students from around Australia selected to participate.

Competitors received a fictional international commercial dispute and had to present written and oral submissions on behalf of their clients before experienced arbitral panels in a series of simulated international arbitrations.

Murdoch’s director of mooting Lorraine Finlay said the student, who has represented the university at several international moot competitions, deserved the success.

“She worked incredibly hard leading up to the competition and showed enormous character to remain as a solo competitor,” she said.