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Te Piringa - Faculty of Law to host New Zealand Law Foundation National Family Law Moot Competition in 2020

13 December 2019

Te Piringa - Faculty of Law at the University of Waikato is delighted to have received a grant from the New Zealand Law Foundation to host the New Zealand Law Foundation National Family Law Moot competition for a second consecutive year in 2020.

The annual competition was founded in 1994.  Since then it has been successfully hosted in Dunedin by the University of Otago and most recently in Waikato by Te Piringa – Faculty of Law at the University of Waikato.  This competition invites the nation’s law schools to debate a family law case for the right and honour of holding the Mahony Cup.

The Mahony Cup was donated by former Principal Family Court Judge Patrick Mahony in order to foster and develop advocacy in the Family Court.  Knighted in December 2003, Sir Mahony, was Principal Family Court Judge from 1985 to 2004.  Sir Mahony is regarded as a sought after member of the judiciary on an international scale and a world thought leader on family law.  He also championed child protection globally.

The University of Waikato looks forward to hosting the New Zealand Law Foundation National Family Law Moot Competition on the weekend of 25 & 26 July 2020.  Te Piringa - Faculty of Law warmly invites all the nation’s law schools to compete again for the honour of holding the Mahony Cup and the Norris Ward McKinnon best speaker shield.

Winners of the 2019 Mahony Cup were Wendy Prior and Verniel Virtucio from Auckland University of Technology.

Winner of the Norris Ward McKinnon best speaker shield was Verniel Virtucio.


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