Article contributed by Parvinder Kaur, Officer, National Young Lawyers Committee and photos by Satha Selvan Subramaniam, Senior Administrative Assistant, Bar Council
The Bar Council National Young Lawyers Committee (“NYLC”) organised the NYLC Moot Camp on 7 Feb 2015 at Taylor’s University (Lakeside Campus) to provide law students with an opportunity to develop their skills in advocacy and research, prepare the students for court–room proceedings and enhance their skills as future legal practitioners. Syahredzan Johan, Chairperson of the NYLC officially kick–started the event by delivering his opening address at 10:00 am.
The trainers for the moot camp were:
(1) Faez Abdul Razak, Associate, Wong & Partners;
(2) Alwin Rajasurya, Legal Associate, Chooi & Company; and
(3) Ida Daniella Zulkifili, Legal Associate, Shook Lin & Bok.
All three trainers were former mooters and have participated at different moot–court competitions around the world. They used an interactive approach to teach the participants basic skills such as case analysis, argumentation and the art of advocacy useful in international competitions such as the Philip C Jessup Moot Court Competition, International Humanitarian Law Moot Court Competition as well as the LawAsia Moot Court Competition.
Ida Daniella Zulkifili started the workshop with a session on “Understanding Facts and Issues in a Moot Problem”, followed by Faez Abdul Razak who gave a detailed presentation on “Memorial Research and Writing”. The trainers successfully held the attention of the crowd with their informative exchange of thoughts.
The second half of the moot camp began with “An Overview of Public International Law” by Ida Daniella. Alwin Rajasurya then took over the session by setting up a mock moot competition where the students were broken up into teams to apply the methods and skills that were introduced to them. It is worth noting that many students have the skills and capacity to put forward interesting arguments to support their points. This will definitely give them an added advantage in the future.
The moot camp was a success and the students were pleased with the knowledge that they obtained from the one–day camp. NYLC thanks Taylor’s University, particularly Taylor’s Law School, for graciously hosting the moot camp at their Lakeside Campus. We would also like to express our heartfelt appreciation to Shook Lin & Bok, and Richard Wee & Yip for sponsoring the event.