The Australian National University (ANU) College of Law, through the ANU Law Reform and Social Justice project, is excited to announce the Intervarsity Gender Identity + Sexuality Law Moot, the first of its kind in Australia.
Open to all law schools in Australia and New Zealand, the G+S Moot will run online in October 2020. His Honour Justice Michael Kirby AC, CMG will be one of the judges for the final of the moot, which will be held on 13 October 2020.
Sponsored by Resolution Institute, moot aims to explore both issues faced by LGBTIQ+ Australians and relevant developments in Australian law more broadly. Our aim is to debut an engaging and challenging competition which we hope will go from strength to strength in the coming years. We hope that this competition will become a fixture for law students passionate about LGBTIQ+ and gender issues, mooting, or all three.
The problem question will focus on the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth) and the tort of privacy. Please find the ANU Gender Identity + Sexuality Moot Problem here.
Conscious of our ability to consider not only the legal, but also the social implications of the problems we will be discussing, teams will nominate a charity dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTIQ+ people as part of the registration process. The winning team will have the prize money donated in their names to the charity which they have selected.
Additionally, the moot will feature panel discussions by prominent members of the legal community with experience in this space, which will be open to competitors and non-competitors alike.
LGBTQIA+ Ally training (compulsory for all moot competitors)
Wednesday 30 September, 5.30-7.30pm
ANU College of Law will be hosting an online LGBTQIA+ Ally training with the ANU Respectful Relationships team. This training is considered compulsory for all moot competitors. You will have an opportunity to ask general questions and also seek guidance about how to frame your submissions and arguments in an appropriate and respectful way.
LGBTQIA+ Rights and Inclusion Panel
Thursday 1 October, 6-8pm
This event is open to participants and non-participants of the moot.
ANU College of Law will be hosting a Zoom panel with people who work on LGBTQIA+ rights and inclusion. On our panel are:
- Nicholas Stewart (Partner at Dowson Turco);
- Heidi Yates (ACT Human Rights Commission);
- Alastair Lawrie (Public Interest Advocacy Centre);
- George Vallance (Director at ACT Health); and
- Ono Chowdhury (ANU student).
The panel will be moderated by Associate Professor Wayne Morgan. Panellists will discuss what they see as the most significant issues that need legal reform with respect to LGBTQIA+ rights and inclusion, and how we can best ensure that work and study places are inclusive and safe for people from all backgrounds but in particular for the LGBTQIA+ community. All competitors are strongly encouraged to attend and ask questions.
Finals: ANU Gender Identity and Sexuality Moot
Tuesday 13 October, from 5pm
This event is open to non-participants of the moot.
Watch the finals of Australia's first Gender Identity and Sexuality Moot, judged by:
- The Hon Justice Michael Kirby AC CMG
- The Hon Justice Rachel Pepper
- The Hon Justice Melissa Perry
Written submissions for the applicant and respondent are due by 1pm AEST on Friday 2 October 2020. Attach both submissions as separate documents in the one email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Kate Ogg, ANU College of Law
Please see the Gender Identity + Sexuality Law Moot rules here.
Please also see a series of suggestions about mooting online through Zoom here.
The winning team will have the prize money ($500) donated in their names to the charity of their choice and participate in a five-day mediation workshop hosted by Resolution Institute, the largest dispute resolution membership organisation across Australia and New Zealand.
Registrations are open for the inaugural Gender Identity + Sexuality Law Moot.
Registrations close: Friday 25 September 2020