Empowerment for future legal professionals
Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA) and the University of Malaya (UM) have recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) which will see both institutions collaborate, promote and develop teaching and research cooperation on Alternative Dispute Resolution areas, which include arbitration, mediation and adjudication.
A first of such agreement between the centre and a higher education institution based in Malaysia, the MoU will enable UM students have internship placements at KLRCA for exposure and knowledge enhancement.
“We place great importance in nurturing local, regional and international talent. Our successful internship programmes have propelled some of the youngest and brightest legal minds to influential government roles, international arbitration firms and teaching positions across the globe,” said KLRCA director Datuk Professor Sundra Rajoo.
Sundra was the signatory for KLRCA while UM was represented by its Faculty of Law dean Associate Professor Dr Johan Shamsuddin Sabaruddin. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Sri Azalina Othman Said witnessed the signing of the MoU.
The ceremony was held at the sidelines of the first ICC-KLRCA Pre-Moot Court Competition. Hosted in collaboration with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the event saw 36 global teams pit against each other as they vie for the top spot.
Pre-Moots are scheduled throughout the world to prepare teams competing at the upcoming Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Competition (Vis Moot). The Vis Moot and Vis Moot (East) are international moot court competitions held in Vienna since 1994 and Hong Kong since 2004. These competitions attract over 300 law schools annually.
During the Kuala Lumpur leg which kicked off on March 17, 150 budding and ambitious young talents congregated from all over the world; 15 countries across five continents, all geared up for a weekend of thrilling competition, entwined with knowledge and cultural exchange.
Local teams hailed from Brickfields Asia College, HELP University, International Islamic University of Malaysia, INTI International University, Taylor’s Law School, University Malaya and University Teknologi Mara. They competed against each other as well as their international counterparts from 14 other nations including Australia, Brazil, China, France, Hungary, India, Japan and the United States of America.
More than 90 accomplished legal practitioners and arbitrators volunteered their time and expertise to lead the hearings and impart knowledge to the participants over the three-day competition.
At the end of the three days, India’s Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law won the international category and was named the overall champion of the ICC-KLRCA Pre-Moot Court Competition. Runner-up was Team 2 from Hong Kong’s National Law University.
In the Malaysia category, International Islamic University Malaysia (Team 2) took top spot while Taylor’s Law School clinched the second best team title. The winning teams walked away with generous cash prizes as well as internship opportunities with the KLRCA.
(From left) Datuk Professor Sundra Rajoo, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said and University of Malaya Faculty of Law dean Professor Madya Dr Johan Shamsuddin Sabaruddin during the signing of the MoU.