Em­pow­er­ment for fu­ture le­gal pro­fes­sion­als

New Straits Times - - Higher ED -


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.

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