Mooters argue their case – Bond University High School Mooting Competition

Five QAHS students recently honed their advocacy skills as mooters in the national Bond University High Schools’ 2019 Mooting Competition.  This was the 30th year of Bond University hosting the competition which draws over 100 team entries from schools all over Australia and New Zealand.

Over several weeks Emer Rogers and Grace Mahony (Senior Counsel), Ayesha Gibbons and Rachel Liang (Junior Counsel), and Harrison Hanley (Instructing Solicitor) researched and prepared their case argument under the guidance of Mrs Rebgetz and QAHS alumnae, Alice Cho and Clare McMath. The two teams presented their case to Bond University academic ‘judges’, and argued for the respondent.

The 2019 moot case focused on the Law of contributory negligence and where the responsibility for injury should lie when a person engages in the act of paintball without appropriate supervision, safety gear and the exacerbating factor of a mental condition. The case examined the implications resulting from a combination of personal cannabis use and a lack of parental-supervision whilst at a teen pool party.

This experience was extremely beneficial, with participating students developing high level communication and advocacy skills. It allowed the students to learn how to ‘think on their feet’ and respond to questions from the judges on their knowledge of the law and the case at hand.

Mooting is a rewarding and eye-opening activity that students should consider, especially if they intend to study Law at University. This event provided us with a greater understanding of this dynamic profession and gave us firsthand experience in appearing before a judge in a Court of Law. A big thank you to coaches Alice and Clare for their help and Mrs Rebgetz for providing us with this wonderful opportunity.

Harrison Hanley
Year 10 student/Instructing Solicitor