Legal eagles do HK proud

PUBLISHED : Monday, 23 March, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 23 March, 2009, 12:00am

Three students from the School of Law at City University of Hong Kong (CityU) faced off against 25 other teams from renowned universities around the world to win overall runner-up in the Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot Court Competition.

The CityU team also won the Oxford University Press Award for the Best Non-Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Team.

Postgraduate law students Vicky Chung Wing-kay and Candy Tang So-man teamed up with Winki Lam Wing-kei, a juris doctorate student, to represent Hong Kong in the competition. Their achievement has won them a one-month internship with law firms in France or Germany.

A team from La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, was overall winner.

The topic of debate was an 1865 case in which a British merchant sued the United States government at the end of the Civil War for confiscating his ship. Participants had to learn about the historical background and study literature relating to the war in order to put their knowledge of the law to use.

'The team spent four to seven hours a day reading information related to the case, which was the key to our success,' said Ms Chung.

'Co-operation between team members was very important ... in such a high-level competition ... I also had to learn how to keep calm and cope with the unexpected.'

Ms Tang said winning the award showed the ability of local Chinese students was equal to international standards.

'Without the continuous guidance and advice of our teachers and trust and support of the school, we would not have been able to attain this,' she added.