Melbourne University Law Students' Society

2017 Allens Women's Moot




The 2017 Allens Women's Moot is an amalgamation of 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 2017 the Women's Moot will run again in second semester, with the problem being written by Associate Dean Jeannie Paterson.

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


Key dates

Mooting Workshop:

Thursday 27 July, room 108 1.00PM-2.15PM

Round 1:

Semester 2, Week 2: Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 August

Round 2:

Semester 2, Week 4: Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 August

Round 3:

Semester 2, Week 6: Wednesday 30 and Thursday 31 August

Quarter Finals (top 8 teams):

Semester 2, Week 8: Wednesday 13 September

Semi Finals 

Semester 2, Week 9: Wednesday 20 September

Grand Final

Semester 2, Week 10: Wednesday 4 October

The Grand Final will be hosted at the offices of Allens 



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.


Guidebook is available here

Scoring Sheet

Scoresheet will be made available shortly.

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! 


Alisha D’Souza

Women's Moot Officer

Rhiannon Dickson

Women's Moot Officer

Alana Perna

Competitions Director

Lydia Holt

Competitions Director

Gabrielle Verhagen

Women's Officer

Annika McInerney

Women's Officer