Applications have closed for the 2017 round.

If you would like to be notified when the 2018 application round opens for students at Australian universities to join Team Australia, please contact us.

Information for 2017 applicants


Undergraduate, Masters and doctoral students in law or other disciplines at any Australian university. 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 2017.


Applications will be assessed by interview, with reference to

  1. academic record;
  2. evidence of mooting or negotiation competition experience;
  3. evidence of teamwork 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 to for the English language division. A high degree of proficiency in Japanese is required for Japanese language division. Students with developing levels of Japanese are encouraged to apply for the English language division team in the first instance.

Time commitment

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 one team meeting in a nominated city (usually Canberra) during the drafting of submissions;
  2. Intensive time commitment during drafting periods;
  3. At least weekly or bi-weekly oral practice sessions from mid-October through November (with adjustments for assessment requirements at team members’ home universities); and
  4. Team coordination via email and Skype.

Costs and funding support

Students selected to join Team Australia will, in most cases, be eligible for the Australian Government New Colombo Plan (NCP) scholarships for this project. An NCP stipend of $3000 per person is available, which is ample to cover return economy airfares to Tokyo, accommodation, meals, and ground transport.

Coursework credit

To be eligible for NCP funding, students must be enrolled in a course for credit for which the INC competition is an appropriate academic enhancement.

At the ANU those courses would include LAWS 2266 International Arbitration and Negotiation Moot 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 undertake equivalent courses or supervised research. Please consult with your instructors. 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.