HKU Law Triumphs in Herbert Smith Freehills Competition Law Moot 2016

A moot team from the University of Hong Kong (“HKU”) has recently won the Herbert Smith Freehills Competition Law Moot 2016 hosted by the King’s College London from 16–18 June 2016.

The Moot has involved the HKU mooters in an intensive study of a complex European competition law problem over a period of six months prior to the oral rounds in London. The moot question was about potentially abusive practices in the licensing of standard-essential patents. The hypothetical case raised a number of issues relating to the interpretation of Arts. 101 and 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and the principles of national procedural autonomy and effective judicial protection under European Union law.

The HKU team consisted of Chiu Pok On Conrad Byron (PCLL), Leung Ka Wai (PCLL), Wong Wai Yee (PCLL) and Chan Sze Hoi (LLB 4), who were coached by Associate Professor Thomas Cheng and Assistant Professor Kelvin Kwok. There were a total of 12 teams at the oral rounds, including teams from King’s College London, the University of Maastricht, Queen Mary University of London, the University of Liege, National University of Singapore, the University of Amsterdam, College of Europe, Utrecht University, and Jindal Global Law School.

Both the HKU and Queen Mary University teams argued forcibly at the Final Round, which was held on 18 June 2016 at the Competition Appeal Tribunal (“CAT”). The five Judges, who were all renowned competition law specialists, included Professor Alison Jones and Professor Bill Kovacic, King’s College London; Bill Allan, Member of the CAT and Visiting Professor, the University of Cambridge; Dorothy Livingston, Consultant at Herbert Smith Freehills and Dame Vivien Judith Rose, DBE. This strong panel of Judges posed difficult questions to which the HKU mooters responded eloquently with their thorough understanding in European Union competition law principles.

The HKU team won both the orals rounds and the award for Best Written Memoranda. Coincidentally, an HKU law alumnus, who was reading LLM at King’s College London, won the Prize for Best Advocate.

The Moot team has been grateful for the support from Mr. Martin Kok, Mr. Christopher Chain and Mr. John Hui of Des Voeux Chambers; and Mr. Abraham Chan of Temple Chambers.

The Herbert Smith Freehills Competition Law Moot is hosted by the Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College London annually. The Moot was sponsored by Herbert Smith Freehills. The Moot provides an excellent opportunity for students to practise and improve advocacy skills in front of a judging panel, drawn from international competition law specialists.