The Seventh UNSW Private Law Moot took place online from 22 – 24 May 2021. The competition, which was open to undergraduates, saw 18 teams from 7 countries compete in the oral rounds judged by practitioners and academics. The University of Oxford entered the competition for the first time in 2021, and was represented by Athena Kam (BA Law, Pembroke College), Caroline Green (BA Law, St Anne’s College), Joseph Khaw (BA Law, Wadham College), and Sabrina Lethenyey (BA Law, Oriel College).

The UNSW Private Law Moot is the first and only Australian mooting competition on private law and commercial topics. The moot problem this year spanned issues of tort, contract, and unjust enrichment, with specific questions such as whether the tort of false imprisonment could be committed negligently as well as the availability and valuation of claims of non-contractual quantum meruit following the seminal case of Mann v Paterson Constructions Pty Ltd [2019] HCA 32.

After preparing 20 pages of written submissions over the past two months, the University of Oxford team competed against the University of Tasmania, Jindal Global University, University of New South Wales, and the National University of Singapore across two intense days of four 90-minute-long moots. The team emerged as runner-up for Best Written Submission for both the Appellant and Respondent, and Sabrina Lethenyey (Oriel College) emerged as the runner-up for Best Speaker in the Preliminary Rounds.

The Faculty and team would like to thank Harry Stratton (BCL 2019, Magdalen) for his tireless support as coach and friend.

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Athena Kam and Caroline Green preparing to moot.

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Oxford team, left to right: Caroline Green, Athena Kam, Joseph Khaw, Sabrina Lethenyey.