Australia New Zealand Intervarsity Moot on Animal Law

"ANIMAL was my first ever moot competition, and without a doubt the highlight of my law degree to date. The experience significantly improved my advocacy and teamwork skills, and it deepened my understanding of the law as it relates to animals. ANIMAL was also a great opportunity to network with like-minded, social justice oriented students and professionals. I left ANIMAL with a great sense of accomplishment, and feeling even more passionate about pursuing a career in animal law." - Hannah Salisbury, University of Tasmania


The Australia New Zealand Intervarsity Moot on Animal Law (ANIMAL), organised by The Animal Law Institute and proudly sponsored by Voiceless, is the only animal law moot in Australia and New Zealand. ANIMAL has run each year since 2014 and is one of Australia’s largest mooting competitions.


Registrations have now closed for the sixth annual Australia New Zealand Intervarsity Moot on Animal Law (ANIMAL), sponsored by Voiceless the animal protection institute.

This year, ANIMAL will be held at University of Melbourne over the weekend of 14-15 September 2019.

As part of the ANIMAL program, there will be a range of keynote speakers and social events offered over the weekend.

Please note the following dates regarding ANIMAL2019*:

  • 1 July 2019 Midnight - Early Bird registrations close

  • 1 August 2019 Midnight - All ANIMAL registrations close

  • 9 August 2019 at 9:00 - moot problem released to competitors

  • 9 September 2019 at 9:00 - competitors' legal submissions due

  • 12 September 2019 at 18:00 - competitors receive opposing teams' legal submissions for Round 1

  • 14-15 September 2019 - ANIMAL 2019 weekend

* Times are in Australian Eastern Standard Time

The structure of the moot is as follows: 4 prelim rounds, 1 semi final round and, of course, the grand final moot. This means that all teams will get to moot at least 4 times over the course of the weekend.

Once you have registered, we will be in touch closer to the moot to provide all teams with a competitors’ booklet. This booklet will contain the complete program for the weekend, including details of the social events, location details for the moots (inc room numbers) and contact details for us if you have any questions.

If you are interested in registering but have more questions, please contact us at moot@ali.org.au.

We look forward to seeing you at ANIMAL 2019!


In 2018, ANIMAL was held at Griffith University, Brisbane, over the weekend of 22-23 September 2018. The top prize went to Isabella Hawkins and Erin Gourley from the University of Otago. Our grand final judging panel included the Hon Justice Greenwood of the Federal Court, the Hon Justice Boddice and the Hon Justice Burns of the Supreme Court.



‘When can a pet owner successfully sue their puppy’s breeder for veterinary fees?’

Law students from across Australia and New Zealand gathered at Monash University in Melbourne over the weekend (16–17 September) to debate the extent of the protections available to pet owners under Australian law.

Fifteen teams from across Australia and New Zealand took part in this year’s event. The University of Melbourne was awarded first prize in the Grand Final, with Monash University, the runner-up.

Guest judges included the Hon Justice Riordan of the Victorian Supreme Court, the Hon Justice Wilson of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and Dr Michelle Sharpe of the Victorian Bar.


The third annual ANIMAL was held at Flinders University in Adelaide.

Thirteen teams from across Australia and New Zealand took part in the event including guest judges: The Hon Melissa Perry, SA Solicitor-General Martin Hinton QC and Marie Shaw QC.

In its third year, Bond University were once again crowned champions with the University of Otago being runners-up.


The second annual ANIMAL moot was held at the University of Melbourne in September 2015. 

ANIMAL 2015 was attended by 18 teams drawn from 12 Australasian universities. ALI was highly impressed by the calibre of student submissions. We commend Flinders University for taking first place in the competition, with University of Otago close runners-up. 

ALI were delighted to welcome The Hon Justice Hollingworth (Supreme Court of Victoria), The Hon Judge Millane (County Court of Victoria), and Dr Joshua Wilson QC (Victorian Bar – recently appointed to the Federal Circuit Court of Australia) as Grand Final guest judges.



Contact the ANIMAL Team

If you need to contact the team at ANIMAL, please email us at moot@ali.org.au.

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