Law Association of Asia and the Western Pacific Team

LAWASIA is an international organization of lawyers’ associations, individual lawyers, judges and legal academics from the Asia Pacific region. Since its inception in 1966, LAWASIA has built an enviable reputation among lawyers, business people and governments, both within and outside the region, as a committed, productive and genuinely representative organization.

LAWASIA held the first LAWASIA International Moot Competition in Gold Coast, Australia in 2005.  Given LAWASIA's involvement in all forms of legal practice, the LAWASIA Moot is not restricted to a single area of law or a single method of dispute resolution.  Past problems have involved the right of one country to cross the borders of another country in search of terrorists; the duty of care required of the shipper of perishable fruits and vegetables; and the right of a franchisee to depart from the Franchisor's regulations to conform to the customs and practices of local consumers. 

Various "forums" have been used for the resolution of the dispute from the International Court of Justice to the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre of Arbitration.

The competition is held in conjunction with the annual LAWASIA Conference which brings together lawyers, judges and academics from the entire Asia Pacific region giving moot participants the opportunity to attend some sessions of the conference and to meet informally with LAWASAIA Members.  Loyola has participated in LAWASIA Moot in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam and Seoul, Korea and has competed against law schools from Australia, China, Malaysia, Japan, Korea, India, Hong Kong, the Philippines, and Singapore.

The 2012 Moot will be held in Bali, Indonesia and the 2013 Moot is scheduled to be held in Singapore.

Team size: 2 or 3 students

Units: 2

Pre-requisites: While there is no specific pre-requisite, it is recommended that students take "Introduction to International Law” and “International Commercial Arbitration”.

Coach: Shane Hapuarachy

Faculty Supervision: Professor John T. McDermott

Moot Schedule:  The problem is generally released in March or April. Memorials (Briefs) are due in August or September and the international competition held in November.

Application: Auditions for the LAWASIA International Moot are held in early April. Look for announcements of dates of try outs in March.