A team of Australia's top international law students lead by The Australian National University (ANU) has returned from Japan with second prize in one of world's most rigorous and complex Law competitions.
In addition, Team Australia - made up of 22 students from six Australian universities - won the prize for the Best Arbitration in English in the Intercollegiate Negotiation Competition (INC) which has been described as the Asia-Pacific Olympics of transnational arbitration and negotiation.
The team was pipped to the top prize by just 4.6 points by Kyoto University.
Team lead coach Professor Veronica Taylor from the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific said the competition was a grueling test in mock commercial negotiations and arbitration.
"Team Australia performed strongly in Japanese and in English, winning the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators prize for best arbitration in English. It is a tremendous result by 22 students working as team, and demonstrates the depth and quality of both language and legal practice education in Australia."
The competition involved 20 of Japan's top law schools, along with teams from universities in Hong Kong, Singapore and Mongolia.
The Australian Team comprised 14 students from the ANU, two from the Universities of Sydney, Melbourne and Monash and one each from the Universities of Western Australia and the Sunshine Coast.