Bond makes point in China

SUCCESS: Tsjatsja Westerveld, Professor Geraldine Mackenzie and Henry Norris.
SUCCESS: Tsjatsja Westerveld, Professor Geraldine Mackenzie and Henry Norris. Supplied

THE Bond University Faculty of Law is making a name for itself on an international stage.

The school claimed victory at its third mooting competition in less than three months.

The victory at the Beijing Foreign Studies University Cup, Moot Court Competition followed The Willem C.Vis (East) International Commercial Arbitration Moot Hong Kong and the International Criminal Court Trial Competition at The Hague.

The latest round was organised by the Beijing University’s School of Law and the Intellectual Property Tribunal of the People’s Republic of China’s Supreme Court.

The competition is the only competition of its kind in China and attracts 11 of the top law schools in the country and universities from around the world.

Under the guidance of assistant professor Joel Butler, Bond students Henry Norris and Tsjatsja Westerveld mastered Chinese intellectual property.

The dispute involved the widespread use of a trademarked name within a specific industry – with the added twist of the name being used in many Chinese enterprises.

In addition to the overall victory the team also won the Best Petitioner Memorial, while Mr Norris won the highest individual honour as the competition’s Best Advocate.

Faculty of Law Dean, Professor Geraldine Mackenzie, said she was proud of the team’s achievement.

“Our students were able to master a completely foreign, intellectual property regime, illustrating that whether it is international arbitration or criminal law, the programs and support we have in place will allow them to excel,” Prof Mackenzie said.

“This victory, the third in less than two months, provides further compelling evidence of the strength of the Faculty of Law and its success in preparing our students for practice or business in the 21st century’s, globalised legal environment.”

Acting vice-chancellor Prof Garry Marchant said the latest victory was a testament to a culture of learning excellence.

“I congratulate the students and the Faculty of Law for this third win,” Prof Marchant said.

“More than that it illustrates how the university is preparing students for the global marketplace by exposing them to the regulatory practices of our largest trading partner.”

Bond University has won five international and three Australian mooting competitions in the past three years.

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