Asia-Pacific Moot Court Competition
Inspired by the continued success of our Saul Lefkowtiz Moot Court Competition, INTA is pleased to launch the 2023 Asia-Pacific Moot Court Competition for the sixth time in Singapore at the Fairmont Hotel on September 1-2, 2023. This year’s competition marks the return to an in-person format, providing a much-anticipated opportunity for students to develop their oral advocacy skills in a mock courtroom experience.
The competition is open to teams of students from law schools outside of the United States. The event aims to introduce law students to important issues arising in trademark and unfair competition law in the region and foster a healthy spirit of competition and camaraderie among participating teams.
Students are expected to:
- Argue the case before a panel of volunteer attorneys and judges.
- Please note that there will be no brief writing portion of this year’s competition.
Each team desiring to participate must complete the online entry form no later than 5:00 P.M. U.S. Eastern Time, August 25, 2023. Early entry is suggested and there is no registration fee to enter.
2023 Competition Materials
To enter, students are expected to:
- Complete the online entry form no later than 5:00 pm U.S. Eastern Time, August 25, 2023. Early entry is suggested and there is no registration fee to enter
- Argue the case in regional competitions before a panel of volunteer attorneys and judges
- Friday Arguments: Each team will compete in two preliminary rounds of oral argument on Friday, September 1, 2023: arguing as Appellant in one round and Respondent in the other round.
- Saturday Arguments: The eight teams with the highest oral argument scores after the Friday preliminary rounds will compete in the quarter finals on Saturday. Progress from the quarter-finals to the semi-finals and then to the grand final (the “Final”) will be by knockout.
- Two team members will argue in each round of oral arguments. Any two team members can argue for the team in each of the arguments. All team members may be present for the team’s argument, even if they are not making the oral argument.
- INTA will provide further information regarding times to appear for the Competition. If any team is late in arriving at the designated check-in time, before the scheduled start of an argument, or after the lunch break, the Project Team reserves the right either to declare a default or to assess penalty points. Participants must be seated in their scheduled courtroom at the appointed time of argument.
- Please refer to the Competition’s official rules document for more information.
The Competition will be held on September 1-2, 2023, at the Fairmont Hotel located at 80 Bras Basah Road, 189560, Singapore.
- The Competition is open to teams of students from any university or other higher education institution (“School”) so long as graduation or completion from such School renders its students eligible for admission to practice law. Teams may consist of two, three or four students from the same School. Each School may enter up to two teams.
- No team member may hold a law degree or equivalent from a School or be admitted or licensed to practice law in any country or jurisdiction. An LL.M. student already holding a law degree therefore may not enter the Competition. However, a student pursuing a joint undergraduate/ LL.M. program or a student without a law degree pursuing an LL.M. program may enter the Competition. Team members must be matriculated in a full- or part-time program as stated above in the School they represent.
- Proof of current enrollment of each team member of the School must be included with each team’s entry form. It is recommended, but not required, that each team has an active advisor from its law school faculty.
- Gain specialized experience with the region’s only moot court competition focused on trademark law
- Practice and refine brief oral advocacy skills in a mock courtroom simulation
- Present in front of judges and receive tailored feedback
- Increase networking opportunities with experienced attorneys, judges, and future attorneys from around the world
- Best and second place teams will receive complimentary INTA student memberships
- We will make a special donation to the school of the Best Team
Teams in the following categories will receive complimentary INTA student memberships and be awarded a monetary Prize:
Best Team—Highest total score (overall oral argument scores):
- US $3,000 (and also US $1000 to Team’s law school)
Second Place Team Second—Highest score (overall oral argument scores):
- US $1,500
Winner of the Final of the Oral Argument
- US $1,000
Runner Up in the Final of the Oral Argument
- US $500
For more information about this competition or how to become a judge, contact us.
2020 – 2021 Winners
- Best Brief: National University of Singapore—Chen Rong, Ho Kok Hean, Xiao Han Han, Song Yihang
- Second Place Brief: National University of Singapore—Lo Yin Pen, Navneeth Kanagavelu, Chen Ton Hao, Adriel Ho Jian Yao
- Third Place Brief: Ho Chi Minh City University of Law—Nguyen Dao Khanh Linh, Nguyen Vu Thuy Quynh, Doan Phuong Uyen
2019 – 2020 Winners
- First place brief prize: Singapore-1: National University of Singapore (Thomas Lee Chee Seng, Siddartha Bodi, Nadine Quah Dingxin, Nah Sze Perng)
- Second place brief prize: Singapore-2: National University of Singapore (Vidya Lakshimi D/O Singanathan, Alex Chia Yao Wei, Teng Rou Xing Stella, Low Sheng Wei Ernest)
- Third place brief prize (tie): Singapore-9: Tamil Nadu National Law University and Singapore-18: NALSAR University of Law (Aishwarya R, Ashwin Bala Someshwerar, Vinudeep R, Tejasvi Rajesh) (Anu Sagur, Sankalp)
2018 – 2019 Winners
- Best Team: National University of Singapore Team 4
- Second Place Team: National University of Singapore Team 61
- Winner of the Final of the Oral Argument: National University of Singapore Team 4
- Runner Up in the Final of the Oral Argument: School of Excellence Team 12
- Best Brief: National University of Singapore Team 4
- Second Place Brief Score: Faculty of Law, Prince of Songkla Team 3
2017 – 2018 Winners
- Best Team: National University of Singapore Team 5
- Second Place Team: National University of Singapore Team 6
- Winner of the Final of the Oral Argument: School of Law, SASTRA University Team 13
- Runner Up in the Final of the Oral Argument: National University of Singapore Team 5
- Best Brief: School of Law, SASTRA University Team 11
- Second Place Brief Score: Shanghai Jiao Tong University Team 12
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