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GEI 2016 Moot Competition - Flyer
GENDER EQUALITY INITIATIVE 2016 Moot Competition 12 and 13 Nov 2016 (Saturday and Sunday) Advance Tertiary College Bangunan Tunas Utama, Jalan Petaling 50000 Kuala Lumpur Participating institutions As part of the Gender Equality Initiative (“GEI”) 2016, the Association of Women Lawyers (“AWL”), in collaboration with the Bar Council, will host a Moot Competition at Advance Tertiary College on 12 and 13 Nov 2016 (Saturday and Sunday). In a Moot Competition, participants will be given a set of facts (Brief to Counsel) for a ﬁctitious case, and will be expected to prepare and present oral submissions (arguments) in a mock hearing before a panel of judges, as if in actual proceedings. While preparing, they will be required to research, discuss, question and ponder on the variety of contentious issues of discrimination that exist in the current global reality. The theme of this year’s Moot Competition is “Women in Leadership Positions”, which focuses speciﬁcally on enhancing awareness of gender equality among the youth. Through this theme, the GEI seeks to expose participants to real-life challenges faced by working women, as well as legal obstacles in the effort to eliminate discrimination and ensure full and equal access to career opportunities for all, regardless of gender. The Baseline Survey on Working Conditions for Male and Female Lawyers in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor conducted by AWL in 2014 showed that although women lawyers make up half of the members of the profession, there is a stark contrast between the number of women in leadership positions, compared with the number of men. The baseline survey captured a multitude of reasons why women lag behind, which include gender stereotyping, discrimination in career progression opportunities, and lack of support and empathy when it comes to childcare. The opportunity to participate in a Moot Competition is an integral part of legal education, as it hones the essential skills of problem-solving, legal analysis, forming systematic and substantiated arguments, and advocacy. This opportunity also allows for exposure to different areas of law. As the law is a key engine for driving social change, it is hoped that the participants of this Moot Competition will, by looking at gender equality from a legal standpoint, gain a better understanding of how they can contribute to the betterment of society. Joint organisers A moot is a mock legal hearing where students play the role of legal counsel and deliver oral arguments on points of law. Students present their case before a panel of judges. As part of the presentation of their case, the participating students are required to respond to questions posed by the judges. At the end of the moot, the judges will give general comments on the moot round. Mooting helps students develop various skills. Firstly, the mooter must be able to put together credible arguments based on legal principles and authority. This will require research into, and a thorough understanding of, the relevant area of law. Secondly, a moot is an exercise in oral argument. Mooters gain valuable experience in public speaking and the opportunity to develop the ability to speak persuasively and articulately. Thirdly, the mooter must be able to respond immediately and conﬁdently to questions from the judge. This requires the ability to think on one’s feet. As with most skills, practice makes perfect: the more you practise, the better you will become. Mooting is therefore of particular relevance to students thinking of a career in law. However, the skills that are cultivated will be of value irrespective of whether a student pursues a career in law. Each participating institution is allowed to enter one team, which must consist of three participants — two speakers and one researcher. The closing date for registration of teams is 10 Oct 2016 (Monday). Kindly register online here: http://bit.ly/2dlfcIz.