With their New Zealand Red Cross law moot competition
trophy at the University of Otago this week are Alicia
Rosevear (left), coach Matthew Mortimer and Amber Hosking.
Photo by Peter McIntosh.
A team of University of Otago law students will leave
next week to compete in a Red Cross law mooting competition in
Alicia Rosevear (21), fellow Otago law student Amber Hosking
(22) and coach Matthew Mortimer (23) were chosen after
winning the New Zealand Red Cross moot competition, on
international humanitarian law, in Wellington last December.
The three were presented with their winners' trophy by New
Zealand Red Cross national president Dr Jenny McMahon this
Ms Hosking said it felt like a ''great accomplishment'' to
win the competition and be chosen to go to Hong Kong.
''Mooting is great ... because you are practising the skills
a lawyer needs, and then the Red Cross competition is a great
opportunity to learn something about an area of law we hadn't
had a lot to do with.''
The team will leave next Tuesday and will represent New
Zealand against 24 teams from 18 countries across the
New Zealand Red Cross advocacy and policy manager Gabrielle
Emery said the Otago team won because each member presented
strong legal arguments and were composed and professional in
''They were able to think on their feet and demonstrated an
excellent understanding of international humanitarian legal
They were also not fazed by a high degree of questioning by
the judges,'' she said.