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Accueil > Sciences Po Law School team reached the top 16!
2017 Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot
- Li Liang, Rafaela Menezes de Magalhães, Mathilde Adant and Ana Cuartero
The Sciences Po Law School team of Mathilde Adant, Li Liang, Ana Cuartero, and Rafaela Menezes de Magalhães has reached the top 16 at the 2017 Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot!
The Willem C. Vis Moot Court is the largest and most prestigious international commercial law competition in the world, and is held annually in Vienna. The goal of the moot court is to foster the study of international commercial law and arbitration by providing law students with the possibility of applying their knowledge into solving and defending a concrete practical case. In 2017, the moot counted with the participation of over 2,000 students from 344 law schools spamming across 65 countries, including leading law schools from Europe, Asia, and North America.
After successfully passing the general rounds – an achievement in itself given that only 64 out of all of the participating teams get to this level – the Sciences Po Vis team managed to move to the top 16 out of 344 law schools. This is the first time a Sciences Po team has achieved this result in Vienna. The team was also awarded an Honourable Mention for the Eric E. Bergsten Award Team Orals. Individually, Rafaela Menezes de Magalhães and Mathilde Adant were both awarded with an Honourable Mention for the Martin Domke Award for Best Individual Oralist.
The preparation work that goes into the moot is not easy and requires substantial commitment with nearly 7 months of written submissions, trainings, and practice pleadings altogether. Despite the hard work required to go far in the competition, the team has stated that being part of the Vis Moot has been a one-of-a-kind experience! According to the students, they had the possibility to not only expand their academic knowledge, but also to gain valuable oral and written advocacy skills through their several pleadings before leading practitioners and authorities in the field of international arbitration. Moreover, the team has identified Prof. Diego Fernández Arroyo and Jack Biggs - the team’s coach - as the driving force behind their results. Both were responsible for guiding, training, and supporting the team throughout the past months.
Congratulations to the team and its coaches on this wonderful performance!
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