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ILSA Chapter Happenings


This section contains stories, activities, and upcoming events of ILSA Chapters around the world. We hope that the shared experiences in this recurring column will provide our Chapters with ideas and tools to improve their programs. Please share your Chapter Happenings by sending them to quarterly@ilsa.org.


MONASH LSS


Monash Law Students’ Society Victoria, AUSTRALIA


Tim Rankin, President 54


The Monash Law Students’ Society (LSS) has been extremely busy over our summer break in preparation for the return to studies for our students in March. The Monash LSS is the peak representative body for the 3,300 law students studying at our University and incorporates the roles and responsibilities of the former Monash ILS into its function.


In 2013 the LSS held its annual International Hu- manitarian Law Moot and was pleased to see a record number of students register to partici- pate. The problem was based on breaches of the Geneva Convention in the context of a fictional territorial dispute and the grand final was held at the Federal Court of Australia. We were pleased to host Her Honour Justice Mortimer (Justice of the Federal Court and prominent human rights lawyer), Ms Taylor SC (former Senior Trial Counsel at the Office of the Prosecutor for Special Court for Sierra Leone) and Ms Harris (former lawyer at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia) who kindly adjudicated the event. All three brought significant international experience to bear and several valuable mentoring relation- ships were formed. We always strive to promote international opportunities to our member base and are finding them increasingly receptive.


One of the most exciting international law de- velopments in 2014 is the inception of an Inter- national Collaborative Law Moot arranged with the Warwick University Law Students’ Society, UK. This new collaborative moot saw three stu- dents from Monash flown to London to partici- pate in several skills and training sessions, speak to local high school students, hone their moot submissions and compete in teams comprised of students from both Universities. The focus of this new program is collaboration, not competi- tion, and we hope to see this initiative grow into an annual event alternating each year between host universities - and countries!


Australian law students have also seen a growth in demand from international law firms and the Monash LSS has hosted and advertised careers seminars from several UK and Hong Kong Law firms wishing to entice our students to under- take a clerkship or internship in their offices. International employment is seen as an increas- ingly popular option for Australian law students as the local legal market tightens. In line with this demand, we have expanded the sections of our career based publications concerning in- ternational careers opportunities and thank ILSA for informing us of exciting openings such as the South African Constitutional Law Clerks.


This is also reflected in the announcement of several International study partnerships our Law Faculty has arranged, assisting suitably qualified Monash students in undertaking their Masters of Law at Oxford or Cambridge Universities. We


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