Chief Justice James Allsop of Australia, Lord Justice David Richards of England and the former Justice the Hon Allan Gropper of the United States will preside over the grand finals in an international insolvency moot on 17 March 2017, after debating finals on 15 and 16 March.
This ‘grand final’ session will be held in the Federal Court of Australia’s ceremonial court, Law Courts Building, Queens Square, Sydney at 3-5pm Friday 17 March.
The moot is the Ian Fletcher International Insolvency Law Moot Competition organized by Professor Rosalind Mason of the Queensland University of Technology [QUT] in collaboration with INSOL International Sydney and the International Insolvency Institute.
It is being held in conjunction with the INSOL 2017 Tenth World Quadrennial Congress, being held from 20-23 March 2017. The moot is named in honour of Professor Ian Fletcher, an eminent scholar, internationally recognised for his outstanding achievements in the field of insolvency law.
The competition poses a hypothetical problem to challenge students’ appellate advocacy skills. After initial qualifying rounds, finals are being held in at the University of Sydney Law School Moot Courtroom.
Eight teams from around the world have secured their place in the final rounds. They have had to consider the liquidation of ‘Car Parts Manufacturing’, a company based in the hypothetical jurisdiction of ‘Nuzilia’.
The teams must progress through two further rounds with the grand final being held at the Federal Court of Australia on 17 March before the distinguished international panel of Chief Justice Allsop of the Federal Court of Australia, Lord Justice Richards of the Royal Courts of Justice, and the Hon Allan Gropper, a retired Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District New York.
Awards will be presented for teams, and individuals, mainly based on their oral arguments before the judges. Winners will be announced by QUT after the grand final on 17 March 2017.
The moot finalists are:
- Chicago-Kent College of Law, USA
- Deakin University, Australia
- Hidayatullah National Law University, India
- National University of Singapore, Singapore
- Queensland University of Technology, Australia
- Singapore Management University, Singapore
- University of Adelaide, Australia
- University of British Columbia, Canada.
The semi-final judges are
- Justice Ashley Black, Supreme Court of New South Wales
- Justice Jonathan Harris, Court of First Instance, Hong Kong
- Hon Justice Paul Heath, Judge of the High Court of New Zealand
- Regional Senior Justice Geoffrey B. Morawetz, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Canada
- Justice Eberhard Nietzer, Insolvency Court of Heilbronn, Germany
- Judicial Commissioner Kannan Ramesh, Supreme Court of Singapore
With additional judges being
- Farid Assaf, Barrister at Banco Chambers, Australia
- John Baird, Barrister at Windeyer Chambers, Australia
- Ashley Bell, Partner at DLA Piper, Hong Kong
- Vicky Bell, Senior Associate at Arnold Bloch Leibler, Australia
- Professor Charles Booth, University of Hawaii, USA
- Gerard Breen, Partner at Commercial Disputes & Insolvency, Mills Oakley, Australia
- Professor Jenny Buchan, UNSW Business School, Australia
- Dr David Burdette, Senior Technical Officer at INSOL International, UK
- Associate Professor Jin Chun, Doshisha University, Japan
- Louise England, Solicitor at King & Wood Mallesons, Australia
- Dr David Goldman, Partner at Norton Rose Fulbright, Australia
- Tim Klineberg, Partner at King & Wood Mallesons, Australia
- Professor Georg Kodek, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria
- Sanrie Lawrenson, Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
- Stewart Maiden, Barrister at Owen Dixon Chambers West, Australia
- Craig Martin, Partner at DLA Piper, USA
- Leonard McCarthy, Special Counsel at K & L Gates, Australia
- Elizabeth McGovern, Partner at Reed Smith, UK
- Michael Murray, Visiting Fellow, QUT Faculty of Law, Australia
- Senior Judge Piet Neijt, District Court of Utrecht, Insolvency Department, The Netherlands
- Dr Rob Nicholls, UNSW Business School, Australia
- Karen O’Flynn, Partner at Clayton Utz, Australia
- Dr Paul Omar, Barrister at Gray’s Inn, UK (np); Advocate and Solicitor at High Court of Malaya, Malaysia (np)
- Sophie Rolle-Kapousouzoglou, Partner at Lennox Paton, The Bahamas
- Professor John Stumbles, Sydney Law School, The University of Sydney, Australia
- Professor Kathleen van der Linde, Faculty of Law, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
- Professor Peter Walton, Wolverhampton Law School, University of Wolverhampton, UK.
I will be reporting on further issues around the INSOL conference itself, and the INSOL academics colloquium on 19-20 March, each of which raise issues for insolvency reform in Australia.