Melbourne University Law Students' Society

2018 Allens Women's Moot — Semester 2

Join the 2018 Allens Women's Moot Facebook Group HERE.

The 2018 Allens Women's Moot is a joint initiative by the Competitions and Women's portfolios. This Competition was created in 2015, with the aspiration of helping to break down differences in opportunity between women and men at university. It is well known that the legal profession (and more specifically advocacy) structurally disadvantages women and it was the intention of this competition to given female advocates further experience beyond ordinary mooting competitions, and to celebrate women in the law. 

We are pleased to announce in 2018 the Women's Moot will run again in Semester 2.

We hope to see the competition expand to see more women mooting!

2018 Results

Congratulations to Rose Barnsley, Sharmera Kesavan and Phoebe Scott for winning the 2018 Competition! Congralations to the runners up, Maria Cananzi, Elif Sekercioglu and Zoe Tapp. Well done to Phoebe Scott for winning the Best Speaker Award.

Winners of the 2018 Competition with the Judging Panel. Pictured (Left to Right): Sharmera Kesavan, Rose Barnsley, Associate Professor Anna Chapman, Professor Elise Bant, Associate Professor Jeannie Paterson, Louise Jenkins (Partner, Allens) and Phoebe Scott.


Grand Finalists of the 2018 Competition with the Grand Final Judges & Competition Co-Opts. Pictured (Back, Left to Right): Sharmera Kesavan (Winner), Rose Barnsley (Winner), Louise Jenkins (Partner, Allens), Professor Elise Bant, Associate Professor Jeannie Paterson, Maria Cananzi (Runner Up), Zoe Tapp (Runner Up), Elif Sekercioglu (Runner Up). Pictured (Front, Left to Right): Phoebe Scott (Winner), Pia Castillo (Competition Co-Opt), Associate Professor Anna Chapman, Talia Le Couter (Competition Co-Opt).

Key dates

Round 1:

Semester 2, Week 2: Wednesday 1 and Thursday 2 August 2018

Round 2:

Semester 2, Week 4: Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 August 2018

Round 3:

Semester 2, Week 6: Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 August 2018

Quarter Finals (top 8 teams):

Semester 2, Week 8: Wednesday 12 or Thursday 13 September 2018

Semi Finals 

Semester 2, Week 9: Wednesday 19 or Thursday 20 September 2018 (TBC)

Grand Final

Semester 2, Week 10: Wednesday 3 October, 6:30pm at Allens Melbourne office


2018 Moot Problem

The Melbourne University Law Students' Society would like to extend its thanks to Associate Professor Anna Chapman for drafting the 2018 Moot Problem. The Moot problem is here.


Sample Problem

Download the 2016 competition problem (also used in the 2017 Baker Mckenzie First Year Mooting Competition) here.


Exemplar Written submission

Download the exemplar written submission (Respondent) here.



2018 Allens Women's Moot Guidebook is available here


Scoring Sheet

2018 Allens Women's Moot Scoresheet is available here.

2016 Results

The 2016 Women's Moot was a huge success. We had 11 teams in the competition, and the moot concerned a contracts problem written by Associate Professor Jeannie Paterson. The Grand Final was presided over by Lisa Sarmas, barrister and academic at Melbourne Law School, and Katrina Howard SC, a leading Intellectual Property barrister. Katrina Howard spoke to the attendees about her experience as a woman in the law, and we enjoyed drinks and nibbles provided by the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. 

The winning team was Panagotia Houpis, Emily Mackay and Georgie Tweedy. Georgie Tweedy received the prize for Best Oralist in the Grand Final. The runner up team was Lydia Holt, Mai Mitsumori-Miller and Adaena Sinclair-Blakemore. Congratulations to all competitors! 


Hannah Gordon