Jason Brinsley-Pirie (23) and Kimberly Lawrence (22)
reflect on their recent law mooting success. Photo by Craig
Two University of Otago students are unlikely to ever
forget the name ''Brian Bramble''.
And, for similar reasons, it's a fairly safe bet that the two
senior law students, Kimberly Lawrence and John
Brinsley-Pirie, will never again fly with an
imperfectly-fastened seat belt, if ever they have in the
The case of the insufficiently-fastened seat belt and of the
unfortunate, albeit completely fictional airline passenger,
Mr Bramble, came up in the recent finals of the inaugural
Australia and New Zealand Air Moot Competition in Melbourne.
Further burning the two matters into the memory of the Otago
duo was the fact that they somewhat unexpectedly won the
contest against four sets of Australian university law
mooting representatives, defeating RMIT University, of
Melbourne, in the final.
Law moots simulate aspects of court cases, and provide
practice in making written submissions, and later arguing a
case, and handling tricky queries from a high-powered judging
Mr Bramble, an anaesthetist by profession, had swiftly become
a ''patient'' himself after receiving some gruesome head
injuries when he flew from his seat and struck the aircraft
ceiling during a heavy landing.
During two days of gruelling preliminary rounds of the
competition, the Otago duo twice defended the fictional
airline ''Business Express Airlines'' against a law suit from
the injured plaintiff . And they also successfully
represented Mr Bramble once.
And then, in the intense final of the competition, the Otago
students fronted up to defend the airline again, before an
eminent judging panel.
Ms Lawrence said the duo, who have also taken part in many
Otago mooting events previously, decided almost at the last
minute to enter the Australian moot after spotting a note
about it on Facebook, close to the entry deadline.
Otago University Law Faculty dean Prof Mark Henaghan said the
Otago success was ''fantastic'', and noted the two students
had previously received no specialised training in aviation
The moot was sponsored by the Aviation Law Association of
Australia and New Zealand and run by Victoria University,
Mr Brinsley-Pirie was ''stoked'' with the win, and both
students, haunted by Mr Bramble's fate, will, on all future
flights, be ensuring that every seat belt within reach is