ATC success in LAWASIA International Moot Competition

Daniel Abishegam reports on Advance Tertiary College's triumphs in the Malaysian round of the LAWASIA International Moot Competition
The winning ATC team
ATC's winning team will represent Malaysia in the international edition of the competition held in Singapore
I see mooting as the quintessential skill that all law students must develop. It will hold them in good stead in their chosen career and in life in general

Advance Tertiary College (ATC) has claimed the top two positions and emerged as champions and first runner-up in the LAWASIA International Moot Competition (Malaysian National Rounds) 2013, currently in its eighth edition. The competition was held at the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA) on 24-25 August 2013.

The LAWASIA International Moot Competition is organised by the LAWASIA Moot Standing committee. LAWASIA is an international organisation of lawyers’ associations, individual lawyers, judges and legal academics in the Asia Pacific region. LAWASIA has been organising this moot competition since 2005 and the competition has grown in stature and prestige since then.

The winning team comprising Ms Joyce Pang, Mr Saran Gunasekaran and Ms Abegail Florentia managed to score the most points of the four finalists, beating the second placed ATC team comprising Ms Aizurra Mirsya, Mr Melvin Ng and Ms Joan Marie Jacob. Both teams were coached by Ms Kwong Chiew Ee. The other losing finalists were Taylor’s University and Brickfields Asia College. The winning team will now represent Malaysia in the international edition of the competition held in Singapore this year. Mr Melvin Ng has also been recognised as the runner-up in the Best Oralist category award.

"ATC has had a long tradition of excellence in this competition, emerging as champions in the seventh LAWASIA Moot Competition national rounds and representing Malaysia in the International LAWASIA Competition in Bali."

ATC has had a long tradition of excellence in this competition, emerging as champions in the seventh LAWASIA Moot Competition national rounds and representing Malaysia in the International LAWASIA Competition in Bali. ATC also represented Malaysia in three previous editions of the International Competition held in Vietnam, India and South Korea respectively, emerging champions twice in Vietnam and South Korea. In doing so, ATC beat stiff competition from many universities around the Asia Pacific region, including America and Australia.

Dr Danny Choong, the principal and deputy CEO of ATC, is seen as the driving force behind ATC’s mooting success. He has taken a personal interest in the matter and has always ensured all mooters receive adequate support from the college. “I see mooting as the quintessential skill that all law students must develop. It will hold them in good stead in their chosen career and in life in general”, said Dr. Choong.

It was this commitment that drove the management of ATC to ensure that a dedicated moot court be built for the benefit of the student. ATC has an active moot programme in which students are encouraged to participate in the internal moot competition every year, vying for the Tun Abdul Hamid challenge trophy. From this competition, talent is spotted and then picked and trained to represent ATC in various national and international competitions. Speaking about the new moot court Dr Choong said: “We hope this will spur our students on to greater success in moot competitions in the future”.

ATC’s students have participated in various international competitions in the past, namely the VIS East moots, The Jessup (Malaysian Rounds) moots, The International Humanitarian Law (IHL) moots and the Asia Cup moots and have achieved success in these competitions as well. A student enrolled in ATC will be given the opportunity to test their skills in these competitions to sharpen their skills as a lawyer.