Success for HKU team at inaugural HSF International Computational Law e-Mooting Competition

Congratulations to HKU Team (Gabriel Wan (LLB 4), Maegan Ho (LLB 4) and Alison Cheng (JD1)) who were selected as one of the top eight teams based on written submissions and competed in the international advocacy rounds for the inaugural Herbert Smith Freehills International Computational Law e-Mooting Competition organised by the Australian National University (ANU) and Singapore Management University (SMU). Other competing universities included Victoria University of Wellington, University of Edinburgh and National Law School of India University.

This competition was unique and timely particularly because it required application of current legal principles to novel technologies (blockchain and cryptocurrencies), and was conducted completely online worldwide via e-Mooting before the COVID-19 pandemic had spread worldwide. Given the increased shift to online dispute resolution (ODR) from remote courts and platforms like eBRAM, and the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) recognition of virtual asset trading platforms, this competition is certain to increase in popularity and relevance.

HKU Team (Gabriel Wan, Meagan Ho and Alison Cheng), with their instructor Brian Tang (founding executive director of LITE Lab@HKU) and eventual champions Javier Cross and Andrew Ray of ANU)