International Moot Competition to take place in Vietnam

November 3, 2009

LookAtVietnam – An international “moot” court competition will be, for the first time, hosted by Vietnam’s HCM City Law University.

Associate Professor Dr Mai Hong Quy

The competition, between a large group of law students, is scheduled to take place on November 9-12, 2009 and will gather 20 teams from across Asia-Pacific.


Associate Professor Dr Mai Hong Quy, president of the HCM City Law University explained that the competition is an event within the framework of the annual Law Association for Asia and the Pacific’s conference (LAWASIA).


Established in 1966, LAWASIA aims to serve as host for lawyers and judges to exchange viewpoints and experiences. Some 1,500 individuals and law institutions and government representatives from 50 nations have already joined.


Dr Mai Hong Quy says the upcoming competition will help bring law and court experience closer to law students and give them opportunities to exchange with foreign law students.


The competition will take place in the form of a hearing. Competition teams will act as plaintiffs and defendants in return. All the participants at the court will speak in English, while judges will be international arbitrators and lawyers.


When asked about the preparation work of the HCM City Law University for the moot competition, Quy said that the university has organised three competition rounds to select teams for competing. The chosen students must be the ones with good English skills who can fluently talk about legal issues.


“We have trained well for the competition, especially the skills on international laws and eloquence capability,” Quy said.


“We have also advisors available to the competition team, who are prestigious experts,” she added.


Besides the competition from the HCM City Law University, Vietnam will also send a team from the Institute for International Relations to the competition.


When asked about the capabilities of the host team, Quy admitted Vietnamese students still have weak points in using foreign language and law knowledge in comparison with students from other countries.


“However, Vietnamese students feel self-confident when they participate in the competition,” she said.


“In fact, we have been organising regular moot competitions since 1996, where students can practice for their future jobs,” she added.



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