HKU’s Stellar Performances in the 2018 Herbert Smith Freehills Competition Law Moot and International Maritime Law Arbitration Moot

Building on its past record of success in international mooting, HKU recently captured the Best Written Pleadings Award in the 2018 Herbert Smith Freehills Competition Law Moot and was awarded the 1st Runner-Up in the 19th International Maritime Law Arbitration Moot.

Hosted by King’s College London from 15 to 16 June 2018, the Competition Law Moot Team advanced to the semi-finals of the oral rounds before falling short to KCL which was ultimately the winner of this year’s competition. Coached by Mr Thomas Cheng and Mr Kelvin Kwok, the HKU Team consisted of 4 PCLL students –Yuet Yi Cheng, Law Wai Tsun Hazel, Ng Chun Wai Jonathan and Karen Tsang Nga Yue. The HKU Team, together with 11 other teams, advanced to the oral rounds based on the strength of its written memorandum. After winning all its moots in the preliminary stage with Wai Tsun Hazel capturing an oralist award, the Team progressed to the knock-out rounds on route to its appearance in the semi-finals.

Competing against 29 participating universities from 29 June to 3 July 2018 in Brisbane, the Maritime Law Moot Team consisted of Alex Fung (PCLL), Justin Ma (PCLL), Ferrida Chan (BBA(Law) & LLB) and Ryan Cheung (LLB). The team is coached by Mr Ken Lee and guided by Professor Anselmo Reyes, Dr Felix Chan, Mr Winky So and the 2015 award-winning team. The HKU Team came in 6th overall in the general rounds and went on to defeat both the National University of Singapore and University of Malaya in the final rounds before losing to the University of Queensland in the grand finals.

The Faculty would like to express its heartfelt thanks to all those who have provided valuable input and encouragement to the teams through their journey. 

2018 HKU Competition Law Moot Team 

From left: Jonathan Ng, Hazel Law, Coach Thomas Cheng, Yuet Yi Cheng, Karen Tsang

2018 HKU Maritime Law Arbitration Moot Team

From left: Alex Fung, Justin Ma, Coach Ken Lee, Ferrida Chan, Ryan Cheung