NUS Law students triumphs in inaugural international moot court competition

SINGAPORE- A team from the National University of Singapore (NUS) Faculty of Law has emerged top in the inaugural Herbert Smith Freehills Competition Law Moot, after fending off competition from European law schools.

The team - made up of final-year students Jeremiah Lau, Benjamin Wong and Lisa Tan - claimed victory over the University of Amsterdam's team in the finals, after finishing the preliminary rounds as the top scoring team in the competition of simulated court proceedings.

Held at King's College London in Britain from June 12 to 14, the competition also saw the students leave with individual honours. Tan won the Best Oralist Prize with a perfect score of 50 out of 50, while Lau and Wong finished as joint runners-up.

Tan pointed out that jet-lag and fatigue posed a challenge to the team, along with the fact that their European opponents were more familiar with European Union competition law. She added: "However, we were not put off by the challenges, and were determined to do our best."

En route to their victory, the team had to go through two preliminary rounds, one quarter-final and one semi-final before their showdown against the University of Amsterdam team. The NUS team successfully defended their case in the finals, in front of a panel of seven international judges.

The team's coach, Associate Professor Burton Ong of the law school, said: "Jeremiah, Benjamin and Lisa are among the best students I have encountered in my years as a law tutor, and it is very satisfying to see them demonstrate what I already knew they were capable of to an international audience."

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