2020 applications open 2020for students at Australian universities to join Team Australia.

Information for 2019 applicants (now closed)


Undergraduate, Masters and doctoral students in law or other disciplines at any Australian university are eligible to apply. The competition favours mid-degree or final-year LLB or JD students or LLM students. Students who have previously been part of Team Australia are eligible to reapply in 2019.

Application Process

Your should send a written application to the coaching team c/o Lead Coach, Professor Veronica Taylor (Veronica.Taylor@anu.edu.au). The application must include:

(a) a cover letter, explaining your motivation to apply and prior mooting or negotiation competition experience (if any);

(b) Your CV;

(c ) a copy of your academic transcript (this does not need to be an official copy; a print out is sufficient);


Short-listed applicants will be assessed by interview (in person or via video-conferencing). The interview focusses on:

  1. Personal qualities;

  2. Mooting or negotiation competition experience (if any);

  3. Evidence of teamwork and/or leadership skills; and

  4. Demonstrated language proficiency in Japanese (for the Japanese language sub-team).

Regardless of the number of students selected, Team Australia competes as a single institution in this competition, i.e. the sub-teams are made up of members from different universities and the teams collaborate and support each other as Team Australia.

Japanese language

No Japanese language is required for the English language division. However, a high degree of proficiency in Japanese is required for the Japanese language division. Therefore, students with developing levels of Japanese are encouraged to apply for the English language division team in the first instance.

Key dates 2019

  • Problem announced: October 2019

  • Written memoranda: October-November 2019

  • Oral arguments: 23-24 November 2019 in Tokyo
    (travel to Tokyo around 19 November, for final preparations)

In 2019, teamwork for this competition, including written submissions and the oral argument in Tokyo, takes place during the exam period for most universities in Australia.

NB: If the competition preparation clashes with an exam, there is no guarantee that your institution will consent to changing the date of a year-end exam to accommodate this competition, although we will apply to do so on your behalf and most have accommodated such requests in the past. Therefore, we encourage applications from students with reduced loads or no final year exams pending; students on exchange or Study Abroad programs where the host institution exam periods do not clash with the competition dates, and Masters or doctoral students.

Time commitment

This is a demanding activity. Accepting an offer to join Team Australia means promising to give priority to this commitment over other engagements such as internships and summer jobs. You will need to make time for:

  1. At least two team meetings in a nominated city (usually Canberra) between June-November 2019 (dates confirmed at interview);

  2. Intensive time commitment during drafting periods;

  3. At least weekly or bi-weekly oral practice sessions through the last month before the competition (with adjustments for assessment requirements at team members’ home universities); and

  4. Team coordination via platforms such as Slack and Zoom.

Costs and funding support

Students selected to join Team Australia may be eligible for Australian Government New Colombo Plan (NCP) mobility grants for this project. An NCP grant of $3000 per person is ample to cover return economy airfares to Tokyo, accommodation, meals, and ground transport.

Eligibility requires you to be an Australian citizen; not to have held a short-term NCP award before; and to be enrolled in a suitable credit-bearing course that aligns with this project, usually at your own institution.

Students who are not eligible for NPC funding may receive a participation subsidy but will be required to cover travel costs to Tokyo themselves.

Coursework credit

Students are encouraged to enrols in a course for credit for which the INC competition is an appropriate academic enhancement — either at ANU or at their home institution.

At the ANU those courses would include LAWS 4266 International Arbitration and Negotiation Moot Competition in Japan or an advanced Japanese language course. At the University of Sydney this would include LAWS 3489 or 5360 International Moot, LAWS 5189 Independent Research Project or various other advanced elective courses.

Students at other universities may be able to enrol in the ANU courses for cross-credit but this is not automatic. We will liaise with the relevant academic and professional staff at your university to help you set up or confirm those arrangements. Please flag this when you make your application.


See our Coaching page for details of the current coaching team.

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Selection Interviews

Interviews for short-listed candidates will be scheduled with results announced by mid-May 2019.

Contact for applications and other questions: Professor Veronica Taylor
M: 0431 665 374