University of Otago law students Alicia Rosevear (left),
and Amber Hosking, who recently won the Red Cross law moot
in Wellington. Photo supplied.
After a tough contest with a surprising twist, two
University of Otago students have won the right to participate
in an international law mooting event in Hong Kong this year.
Alicia Rosevear (21) and fellow Otago law student Amber
Hosking (22) recently participated in a demanding Red Cross
law moot on international humanitarian law, in Wellington.
Miss Rosevear, who is studying for an LLB and a BA, said it
had come as ''a bit of surprise'' when she and her team-mate
won the event, ahead of teams from four other New Zealand
''We were quite surprised to be in the finals, in the first
place'', given the Otago contestants had previously been
unfamiliar with international humanitarian law, she said.
Such moots simulate a court setting and require student
participants to make submissions to a panel of judges, last
year including former prime minister Sir Geoffrey Palmer.
After surviving two rounds, each an hour long, in the
morning, the Otago team also won the afternoon finals.
The moot had been held in the former High Court building, and
it had been ''quite unnerving'' to have Sir Geoffrey looking
down from the old-style elevated court bench and asking
questions, she said.
The Otago duo had earlier adopted a ''structured'' approach,
but later decided to throw their notes away for the finals,
and respond more directly to the requirements of the judges.
Thinking on their feet had been a key factor, and team coach
Matthew Mortimer had also provided valuable support, she
The Otago contestants will also compete in a larger-scale
regional Red Cross international law moot, to be held in Hong
Kong in mid-March. Contest organisers are paying for their
air fares and accommodation.